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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.

Ugandan refugees enjoy a jubilee street party in Brixton, south London

Jubilation for the new Britons who made monarch their own

When Paul Sathianesan got off the plane at Gatwick Airport to begin a new life in a new country, all he had with him were two shirts, two pairs of trousers, a sarong and a container of soil from his homeland, Sri Lanka.

Prisons in lockdown as guards join police in protests at public sector pensions deal

Union leaders have pledged to continue organising more strikes as early as June

Protesting police 'may be kettled'

Thousands of police officers are expected to join a protest march against cuts to public services today. Organisers hope 20,000 officers will parade through central London, with 16,000 wearing black caps to signify the number of jobs expected to be cut.

Government 'destroying communities' say union leaders

The Government was attacked today for "destroying" communities with its spending cuts and other policies as thousands of trade unionists, pensioners, students and activists took part in the annual May Day celebrations.

Jifeng Ding family murder police increase reward to £25,000

Police investigating the murder of a family of four today increased a reward for information leading to the prime suspect's arrest to £25,000.

All in a Don's Day, By Mary Beard

How to bring history to life by misbehaving in the library

Early books reveal sleepy readers' fear of illness

Researchers at St Andrews University have learnt about the lifestyle of medieval people through their reading habits by analysing well-thumbed book pages.

The Light of Amsterdam, By David Park

Love is "the price that had to be paid for bringing a child into the world," according to one character in David Park's new novel. Here, love is not an unalloyed joy, or a great benefit which happens to carry baggage. It is indivisible, negative as well as positive. Parents suffer unrequited love for their children, a wife tortures herself with fear of her husband's adultery, and a single mother finds that the past is not dead; it is not even past. Like Park's earlier novels The Big Snow and The Truth Commissioner, The Light of Amsterdam tells separate stories which touch and cross. Alan, Karen and Marion don't know one another, though their names seem to chime along with their stories. They are all middle-aged, living in Belfast, and travelling to Amsterdam in December 2005.

Four-year-old girl joins Mensa

A four-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa after achieving a score of 159 on an IQ test.

Secrets of the earliest Britons could be hidden in 5,000-year-old tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Neolithic portal dolmen, one of Western Europe's oldest ritual burial chambered monuments, in an isolated field in Wales.

ATL union criticises regional teacher pay plan

Plans to introduce regional pay for public-sector workers risk discriminating against older teachers and those working in primary schools, a union warned today.

School meals 'made smaller to save money'

Children are going hungry, teachers and parents warn

Ration Books: Pupils at a school in a Nairobi slum eat a meal provided by the World Food Programme

Please, sir... Schoolchildren 'given smaller portions' to balance books

School meal portions are being shrunk, leaving children to go hungry, teachers and parents have warned.

New students need remedial courses

Most universities are forced to put new undergraduates through remedial courses to give them the basic skills they need, a conference will be told today.

Feel the fear factor: Simon Calder prepares to take the Nemesis Sub-Terra ride

Are you feeling scared yet?

On Saturday, Alton Towers unveils its new attraction for thrill-seekers, Nemesis Sub-Terra. Simon Calder gets a sneak preview of what's billed as an underground nightmare and finds that he's not as tough as he thought

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

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The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

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'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
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

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