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Nearing the end: January is the beginning of the end for third years, but is that so bad?

They say that in relationships there come several itching points. These are moot: could be two years or five; some even say 18 months. If I’m in a relationship with university – heartbreak, check; crying, check – then we’ve reached one of these hurdles. And the cut-off is not a year or even two, it’s in weeks. Let me introduce the 12-week itch.

Referee Howard Webb has been selected to officiate at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

World Cup 2014: Despite David Moyes recently describing his decisions as 'scandalous', referee Howard Webb is selected to represent England in Brazil

Webb took charge of the 2010 final, becoming the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974

General Sisi is waiting for the referendum results

Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi lays bare his ambition to rule over a divided Egypt

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood supporters, who accuse the army of staging a coup, have held frequent protests calling for his reinstatement

Prince William recently established United for Wildlife, an alliance of seven leading conservation bodies, to try to end poaching

Prince William to return to college

Second in line to the throne will be studying agricultural management

An adult playing with a child at a nursery - a senior Ofsted officer says children should be admitted to school from the age of two to eradicate the effects of poverty on their performance

How young is too young? Ofsted inspector suggests children should start school at two

Starting children this young could eradicate the effects of poverty on their performance

Most gay hate crimes go unreported, Stonewall survey finds

More than three-quarters of gay, bisexual and lesbian victims of hate crime did not report it to the police

11 pieces of advice for Freshers

It's that time of year again when school-leavers set off to embark on three years of "study" at university.

Jesse Ryder remains in a coma after being injured in an unprovoked late-night assault

New Zealand batsman 'devastated' after being given doping ban

Cricketer will miss six months for violation

The pervy professors: Academics and their Universities must do better on sexual harassment

Common knowledge of abuses weakens the extent to which graduate students feel secure in their ‘home’ institution. Trust vanishes when harassers remain in their jobs

The Olympic Rings are displayed outside Adler airport, near Sochi

Gay Olympians competing at Sochi Winter Games face risk of prosecution under Russia’s crackdown

Minister confirms that athletes and fans who ‘flaunt’ their sexuality will be prosecuted

Glenys Stacey: Ofqual chief says seminars can still pay a key role

Ofqual retreats over banning exam boards from holding seminars for teachers on A-levels and GCSEs

Teachers said the sessions were essential to continue to explain Government reforms

General tells Australian army to behave or 'get out'

The chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant-General David Morrison, was hailed as an unlikely feminist hero yesterday for telling officers and men who “demean or exploit” their female colleagues to “get out”.

Chalk Talk: A cheering legacy of the summer of contentment

The Olympic legacy means different things to different people, as we could see from the article on these pages earlier this month about the school that inherited the athletes' dining hall to use in place of its burnt-out arts block, .

John Williamson: Free-love pioneer

John Williamson, who died of cancer at the age of 80 in Reno, Nevada on 24 March, was a pioneer of the 1960s sexual revolution as co-founder of Topanga Canyon's Sandstone Retreat, where nudity and free love were once de rigueur.

Gillian Astbury died in Stafford Hospital, aged 66, because nurses failed to give her insulin

First criminal probe into patient death at scandal-hit Mid-Staffs hospital

Officials admit diabetic Gillian Astbury suffered ‘appalling’ care on ward before she died

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