Student There is concern that a ‘perfect storm’ of graduate debt, lack of finance and job insecurity is brewing

This figure rises to 75% for City investment banks, according to a new survey

FTSE 100 company Pearson becomes first to offer its own degrees

A leading business publisher is to become the first FTSE 100 company to award its own degrees.

Thousands 'put off by university tuition fees'

Thousands of students are being put off applying to university by the move to triple tuition fees to £9,000, an independent panel has found.

New student numbers fall as fees rise

The numbers of UK students applying to start degree courses this autumn has slumped by almost 9%, as tuition fees triple to up to £9,000, official figures show.

Leniency for protest student

Owen Holland, the Cambridge PhD student suspended by Cambridge University for two and half years for a protest against cuts, had his sentence cut to one term yesterday.

Scientists must make research an open book

Details of publicly funded projects should be made available free to all online, ministers will insist

Research and its practical uses

A closer relationship between academics and business leaders could bring both worlds significant and lasting benefits

Government report says all students should sign up for internships

Every student should go on an internship giving them up to 12 weeks of work experience while they study for their degree, a top-level government inquiry recommends today.

Universities get record fines for recruiting too many students

Institutions set for £90m penalties as student applicants rush to avoid £9,000 fees next year

The new head of Offa, Les Ebdon, will have to ensure higher fees do not deter poor students from going to university

Tory attempts to block universities tsar 'disgraceful', say critics

The man in line to become become the new university access watchdog has been treated "disgracefully" by Tory MPs, colleagues said yesterday.

Professor Les Ebdon, vice-chancellor of Bedfordshire University

Tories veto Cable's choice for university watchdog

MPs' committee divided over selection of opponent of fees regime

Students blame poor teaching over degrees

Growing numbers of students are lodging official complaints against their universities if they fail to obtain a top-level degree.

New royal yacht 'not appropriate', says David Cameron

Downing Street has been approached with proposals for a new privately funded royal yacht to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee this year, Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman said today.

Gove: Queen deserves £60m yacht for Jubilee

The Queen should be given a new royal yacht – likely to cost at least £60m – as a way to help overturn Britain's mood of austerity, according to Cabinet minister Michael Gove.

Willetts wants to keep top tax rate

A Tory minister has called for the 50p top rate of tax to be kept amid a simmering coalition row on the issue.

Student debt will soar to £200bn, official figures show

Coalition's new system of tuition fees will leave crippling legacy to future generations
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Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
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'You need me, I don’t need you'

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Hard to swallow

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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

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Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

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