Student

A group of history undergraduates at Warwick are causing controversy by organising their own student-led lectures while their tutors go on strike.

The double Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star drew an enthusiastic crowd at Newbury for his first outing as a dressage horse

Quentin Collonges's fine dry run for Cheltenham Festival

If there was a tip for the Cheltenham Festival yesterday, it was perhaps that punters may have to rethink anything that has gone into the formbook so far. After one of the wettest winters on record racecourses have finally started to dry out, and the afternoon's richest contest promptly went to a horse who had not yet troubled a judge this season on soft, soggy ground.

Warwick student union president under fire for sexism

A female student is shown having her bra unhooked in public by President of Warwick Students’ Union, Nick Swain. 'With Nick, it’s all about action' states a student in Nick Swain’s presidential re-election campaign video.

Pregnant asylum-seekers ‘at risk’ of developing mental and physical health problems

Pregnant asylum seekers in Britain are at “serious risk” of developing mental and physical health problems as a result of systemic failings, a report claims.

Highland Lodge revels in testing underfoot conditions

Highland Lodge offers an inviting refuge before the big freeze closes in

Lavelle's smart novice chaser can enhance Festival credentials against Warwick rivals

Sussex winners Universally Challenged

The winners of the iQuiz first round

It was a blistering night of vital trivia in 18 student unions across Britain yesterday, as more than a hundred teams took part in the inaugural iQuiz.

Merlin to be axed after five years - but epic two-part finale planned

The family show has 'run its natural course' according to actor Colin Morgan

Maternity services are facing 'enormous demands'

Baby boom puts pressure on maternity services

The highest number of births in 40 years is putting "enormous demands" on the maternity services at a time when they are being cut back, midwives warned yesterday.

Frankel returns yesterday to his birthplace, Banstead Manor near Newmarket, where he will take up stud duties

Highland hits heights for Lavelle

If Reinhold Messner can climb Everest without oxygen, then a horse can gallop three miles round Towcester on the bridle. Only rarely, however, do you see this stiffest of tracks completed with the exuberance that suffused Highland Lodge in his first novice chase yesterday.

Small firms ask for longer NI holiday

The leaders of the UK’s small-businesses have called on the coalition to extend tax breaks for employers, a move which they claim could create 45,000 jobs.

The RBS ESSA Awards: Rewarding the UK’s top student societies

Events attended by the country’s top employers, their own investment funds and a combined annual turnover of more than £1.8m: the UK’s student societies mean business. The RBS ESSA seeks to reward them, writes Gemma Howe

Jean Field: Expert on the poet Walter Savage Landor

Jean Field was an expert on the 19th-century poet Walter Savage Landor, whom she felt had been much maligned by earlier biographers and whose standing she aimed to rescue with her magnum opus Landor: a Biography of Walter Savage Landor (2000). In this book, in which she concentrated on his Warwickshire background – which she herself shared – she unearthed new material, particularly regarding his friendships with other writers such as Charles Dickens, who based the character of Boythorn in Bleak House on him, and Robert and Elizabeth Browning, who took care of him during his last years in Florence.

The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

A poet and you know it

Those keen to develop a natural gift for words can benefit from an MA in creative writing, says Russ Thorne

Search continues for missing child and adult after weir incident

Two children were taken to hospital and a search has been launched for another child and an adult missing after an incident at a weir, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The Beauty in the Beast, By Hugh Warwick

From studying toads to liberating beavers, these enthusiasts show the human face of 'biophilia' in Britain

Midwife Diana Warwick guilty of misconduct

A midwife who dropped a baby on to the floor of a maternity unit and used an electric monitor in a birthing pool was today found guilty of a lack of competence and misconduct.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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