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.

Lecturers threaten to strike over jobs

University lecturers are warning of national strike action over redundancies in the wake of public spending cuts totalling £1.2bn this year.

The Week in Radio: Murder must be handled with great care

I was recently told, by someone who ought to know, that The Archers is ruminating on its own greatest taboo. When, if ever, should the everyday story of country folk stage its first murder? There have, of course, been deaths aplenty in Ambridge.

Divorce 'less likely if fathers help out'

Married couples are less likely to divorce if husbands help more with housework, shopping and childcare after the birth of their first child, research suggests.

Spy camera lecturer must register as sex offender

A university lecturer who rigged up a covert camera to spy on a woman using a shower was today ordered to register as a sex offender.

E Jane Dickson: There's no point in teachers blaming the parents

The idea of docking benefits from irresponsible parents is beyond crazy

New teachers 'can't deal with classroom violence'

Nearly half of new teachers have not had enough training to deal with violence in the classroom, a survey showed today.

RSPCA told to pay lecturer's £1m legal bill in row over will

Victory for daughter whose mother left family farm to animal welfare charity

Diary Of A Third Year: 'Exams are a relic of a bygone age and must be abolished'

The exam season has nearly ended. The crowds in the library are thinning and there are fewer groups of smokers outside exam halls. For me, though, the exam season has been a breeze – mainly because I haven't had any.

On The Road: Making sense of fair Verona

I get by in Italian. I can be mannerly and appreciative, buy things, curse in a variety of dialects and make myself understood. But, being limited to structureless utterances that lack nuance, cheek or charm, I can't really be myself in Italian. So I have come to Verona to do a month's language course at LinguaIT ( ), an on-the-ball school located in a grand palazzo.

Lecturer admits child porn charges

A shamed university lecturer facing jail for having sex with an under-age girl admitted child pornography charges today.

University fees review panel makes first call for evidence

A review of university fees and funding will hold public hearings in the new year, it was announced yesterday.

1 in 4 primary teachers made ill through stress

More than a quarter of primary school teachers have suffered from stress-related mental illnesses as a result of having to deal with disruptive pupils, a survey has found. The research, by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, revealed that 55 per cent of teachers believed that behaviour had deteriorated in the past five years, and 76 per cent said that children were showing signs of aggression at an increasingly early age.

Why students want their universities to do better

The body set up to sound out consumers is calling for lecturers to receive formal training and for all institutions to organise work placements.

How TV drama became university challenged

When TV drama focuses on higher education, the results are excellent. Why, then, has it so often ignored academia? Gerard Gilbert reports

Leading article: Sharpening the axe

In becoming the first Cabinet minister to propose specific spending cuts, the Prime Minister's staunchest ally, Ed Balls, has shown his loyalty one more time. In interviews yesterday, he volunteered that education spending could be cut by £2bn by dint of pay restraint and slimming the ranks of senior staff. Thus has the Children's Secretary put his oar into the escalating contest for public spending cuts and tried to outmanoeuvre the Conservatives. As was heard loud and clear also from the Liberal Democrats in Bournemouth yesterday, the debate in this conference season is now unambiguously about who can cut most from public spending.

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