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Former Director of Public Prosecutions  already advising party on a victim’s law’ for manifesto

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University campuses up and down the country went quiet for a second time in only six weeks, after academics, lecturers and support staff once again went out on strike yesterday.

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An alarm signal from the immune system offers an “invaluable” early warning of returning cancer, research has shown.

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The singer said the song, which has been banned by a number of British institutions, has been misunderstood

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Leeds student Rosie Collington is beginning to see what the fuss is about

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Student societies can help people make friends and build support networks

Student pastoral care: All the support you'll need

Universities and student unions have joined forces to strengthen welfare networks for undergraduates

World Championships: Marathon effort by Britain's Susan Partridge who pulls off a rare top-10 finish

Susan Partridge got the British team off to a relative flying start yesterday with a top-10 finish in the first event to be decided at the World Championships, the women's marathon.

Plants reveal their secrets: Scientists have worked out why some grow tall and some wide

Scientists have discovered why some plants grow tall and upright and others spread out wide, in a breakthrough that could revolutionise agriculture, potentially boosting crop production worldwide.

Meltdown: the Grace satellite has detected a rapid acceleration in the melting of glacier ice in Greenland and Antarctica

Massive ice sheets melting 'at rate of 300bn tonnes a year', climate satellite shows

The Grace satellite measures tiny fluctuations of the Earth’s gravity field resulting from the loss of ice into the sea

Marriage between first cousins 'doubles risk of having baby with life-threatening birth defects'

Children born to parents who were not cousins but were closely related also had an increased risk

Nicola Mendelsohn, a former advertising executive, is an outspoken advocate of flexible working hours for mothers

Nicola Mendelsohn gets top Facebook job as head of European operations – so can she pack it into a four-day week?

She is successful, driven and widely respected in the advertising and media worlds. But the British woman who was given the helm of Facebook Europe is unusual for another reason – her insistence on working a four-day week.

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'Eventually I want to pay respects at Meredith Kercher's grave': Amanda Knox opens up about murder case in TV interview with Diane Sawyer

25-year-old says she now wants to be 'reconsidered as a person' in first appearance since being cleared

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK after lung cancer

Bowel cancer rates for men rise by 29%

Increase may be linked to obesity and diets high in red and processed meat

One study claims one in four students knows someone who has worked in the sex industy to pay their fees

How sex work has replaced a bar job for students who struggle to bills, loans and university fees

Research suggests higher fees are pushing some to seek extreme sources of income

Colin Firth condemns 'cruelty' of Home Office decision to deport seriously ill woman to Nigeria

Actor Colin Firth has condemned “the cruelty” of a Home Office decision to deport a seriously ill woman to Nigeria, where doctors say she may die because of the limited availability of affordable healthcare.

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