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Around 50 workers and supporters took to the picket lines at the University of London today, armed with music, whistles, flags and placards as part of an ongoing campaign to win better pay and conditions for the university’s outsourced workers.

Automated call centre fury could be a thing of the past.

Call centres have got to be the one thing we can all agree to hate

Eleanor Doughty has been forced to hang on the line one too many times...

The decision to close ULU is nothing short of shameful

Last Friday, the University of London decided to close down its student union. The decision was made by a council of college principals – no student sat on the review that recommended the closure, and students had no vote on what amounts to a major blow against our interests.

Future of ULU hanging in the balance

The future of the University of London’s student union (ULU) is uncertain, after a review group has recommended its abolition.

John Sweeney, who has exposed human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, accompanied students from the London School of Economics, where his wife lectures

Panorama was worth risking lives for, says BBC chief: Programme by John Sweeney based on secret footage taken on university field trip to North Korea

A senior BBC executive tonight claimed the corporation was justified in putting the lives of students at risk by sending an undercover reporting team with them on a trip to North Korea.

Wouldn't the gym be so much better without all the people in it?

From the gross dudes who can't tell the difference between lust and disgust to the personal space invaders, trips to the gym would be much more therapeutic, well, alone...

Letters: Full signature list

This is the full list of signatures to accompany the 'Gove will bury pupils in rules..' Letters page for Wednesday 20 March 2013

A maths lesson in Shanghai

English pupils 'two years behind' Asian peers in maths

Research shows growing gap between students in the UK and those in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Trial date set for doctor accused of keeping John Cantlie and a Dutch journalist captive

An NHS doctor accused of kidnapping a British photographer in Syria will face trial in June.

Kim Whitton, left, and Patricia Putt took part in the scientific test at Goldsmiths, University of London

They didn't see that coming: Psychics fail scientific test

Two mediums who claimed to have psychic powers were unable to demonstrate their ability under laboratory conditions.

Two pesticides 'causing decline of bumblebees'

The combination of two pesticides commonly used on UK fields can have damaging effects on the behaviour of bumblebees and cause their colonies to collapse, new research by British scientists has found.

Double dose of pesticide poses new danger for bumblebees

Government study suggests long-term exposure to chemicals can destroy colonies

British doctor appears in court charged with his role in kidnap and injury of photojournalists John Cantlie and Jeroen Oerlemans in Syria

A British doctor has appeared in court, charged with his role in the kidnap and injury of two photojournalists, one of them British, in Syria earlier this year.

Ulcers linked to 'earlier death'

Diabetic patients who develop foot ulcers are more likely to die prematurely than those who do not, a study has suggested.

In the bones: Joseph Merrick, photographed about 1889. His skeleton will be tapped for DNA

Will DNA unlock the Elephant Man's final secret?

Skeleton could hold key to century-old puzzle of what caused Joseph Merrick's terrible disfigurement

All-in-one 'polypill' could save lives, says report

An all-in-one “polypill” with the potential to save many tens of thousands of lives each year in the UK could be available in less than two years.

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