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For us, the generation which in 2012 took that crucial, final step ahead towards higher education, the changes and challenges of the system came in waves. The first one, and perhaps the one with the biggest impact, was the rise in tuition fees.

Stephen Twigg: 'The word crisis is sometimes overused but I think in this context it is the right word'

Labour says 15,000 extra teachers needed to cope with bulge in birth rate

Stephen Twigg: 'The word crisis is sometimes overused but I think in this context it is the right word'

ATL general secretary, Mary Bousted

Michael Gove and his 'gang of arm-twisters' are ruining education, says teachers’ union

Michael Gove will be accused today of causing irreparable damage to children's education in a devastating personal attack by the leader of Britain's most moderate teachers' union.

Hirsutes you, sir... but it might not make you smarter

The exam beard oozes intellectual machismo and is a great soother in times of stress

As the 'Jon Venables' Twitter pics make clear, our current laws can't handle social media

The law was written to deal with publishers and journalists, not private individuals, but with the advent of social media, everyone is a publisher

Mali rebels 'could destabilise region' as jihadists retreat into neighbouring countries, warn experts

Efforts to push back rebels in Mali could destabilise the region as the mainly foreign jihadists retreat into neighbouring countries, experts warned today.

DVD & Blu-ray review: American Mary (18)

Katharine Isabelle convinces as Mary, a budding surgeon who stumbles into body modification to make ends meet in this grisly horror from the Soska twins, aka the Twisted Sisters.

Lecturer told council about neighbour abuse

A university lecturer killed herself three weeks after warning council that she could not cope with living next door to a drugs den.

Leo Blair: The guiding force behind his son's political vision

Leo was a self-made man brought up by foster parents in Glasgow, who believed in aspiration

Chalk Talk: The man who turned down Grayling's offer of megabucks

To Politeia, the right-of-centre think-tank, for a talk on the future of universities by Lord (Martin) Rees, one of the UK's foremost scientists and former master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Inside the mind of a troll

Following on from Gawker's expose of Violentacrez last week, Atlantic have published this heavyweight academic analysis of what exactly is going on in the mind of the "self-identifying trolls"

A fine art degree will give you the chance try all of the disciplines and find out what's best for you. Saoirse found she was good at digital media

What's it like to study... Fine art

Saoirse Crean studied Fine Art at Lancaster University, and now works in art marketing

The former England coach Brian Ashton is wanted by Sale

Sale keen for Brian Ashton to team up with Danny Cipriani

Sale, brimming with ambition ahead of the new Premiership season after making significant strides on and off the field, are hoping to tempt the former England coach Brian Ashton back into big-time rugby.

Nick Mohammed, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

How to define Nick Mohammed’s show? It’s a character comedy/maths lecture/magic show with a bit of Countdown and some acrobatics (he does an Arab spring – and has been doing them since way before the political movement took off, he tells us proudly) thrown in.

Let it all hang out: Recreate that festival feel by hanging colourful bunting in your garden

The Insider: Turn your garden party into a festival of fun

I recently went to the launch of Josie da Bank's new picnicware range (very pretty, see it at culturelabel.com). As you'd expect from the creative director/producer of the Isle of Wight music festival Bestival, the party was gorgeously decorated – particularly the unusual bunting; its lavish garlands of different textures and shapes and dangly bits were the opposite of OTT jubilee. Josie shared her tips for good-looking outdoor festivities at home…

Lives Remembered: Brian Dobson, Archaeologist and noted authority on Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall is not an easy monument to interpret. Its very size suggests that its sole purpose was defence, but study of the archaeological remains leads to a more subtle view in which frontier control and the mobility of the Roman army in the whole of the frontier zone played a part.

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Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

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Sanctuary for the suicidal

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London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

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Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits