University

Why data doesn’t always reveal the truth

18 August 2018 9:00 am

In late 1973 the graduate admissions department at UC Berkeley discovered that for the forthcoming year it had awarded places…

Letters: Judging students by achievement is a greater scourge than diversity at any cost

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Harvard’s racial quotas Sir: While I largely agree with Coleman Hughes that racial quotas are counterproductive (‘The diversity trap’, 23 June),…

Jeremy Corbyn’s hat and the art of photo manipulation

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Spin doctors The BBC has denied it photoshopped a Newsnight backdrop to make Jeremy Corbyn’s hat look more Russian. The…

Dire warnings of a Brexit university brain drain? They’re a myth

10 February 2018 9:00 am

How to sell snake oil Ex-cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell accused Brexiteers of ‘selling snake oil’. How do you sell snake…

Peter Hitchens: Why I climbed on my soapbox after refusing to sign a university’s ‘free speech’ contract

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Where better to be than in Liverpool on a crisp autumn evening, haranguing an open-air meeting of students? I hadn’t…

Rip-off university fees? They started with the Greeks

26 August 2017 9:00 am

As expected, the prospect of charging £9,000 (and rising) per annum, per student has universities abandoning any pretence to maintaining…

Safe spaces and ‘ze’ badges: My bewildering year at a US university

26 August 2017 9:00 am

My bewildering year at a US university

A degree course should last a year – after that, let them pay

17 June 2017 9:00 am

In every respect bar one, those bloody Corbyn-supporting students have a much tougher time of it than I did, what…

‘I learned to flatter the interviewer’

Flunking the interview

18 March 2017 9:00 am

School did not prepare me for the hardest part of the job application process, says Henry Jeffreys

An obituary for the Bullingdon Club, by one of its old boys

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Cameron and Osborne made my old university club famous. Now it has died of overexposure

Dear Mary: What can I do when a richer friend pleads poverty?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. I recently made an arrangement with a flaky friend from university to go to my gym together. Half an…

Sorry, but a degree is a rotten investment

1 October 2016 8:00 am

Almost half a million students start-university this month. It’s an exciting time: the launch of adult life and independence. But…

How can we help thickos at university? Pretend they’re clever

17 September 2016 9:00 am

A lecturer at a reasonably well-respected northern plate-glass university was somewhat perplexed by a student who complained about her poor…

A portrait of repression? Life class at the Female School of Art, Queen’s Square, London, 1868

Are single-sex schools good for girls?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Alice Cockerell and Camilla Swift, who both went to girls’ schools, debate the question

Owe no: an average graduate must now repay debts of £44,035

Is a degree worth the debt?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

As today’s students face owing huge sums into their 50s, Constance Watson hears both sides of the argument

My Brighton’s gone all Brideshead

16 January 2016 9:00 am

My town is overrun with drunken Mileses and Gileses and Violets these days. Cross these oafish students at your peril

Combining practical work with academic study can kick-start a rewarding career without student debt

A degree of experience: what apprenticeships offer our brightest young people

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Four high-flying apprentices tell Camilla Swift how they had to defy school pressure pushing them towards university

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The contagious madness of the new PC

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Obsessive searching for hurt and offence will create it where once it never existed

Bisexuality is now everywhere – and nowhere

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I’m not aware of knowing many bisexual people. Or indeed, off the top of my head, any bisexual people. Which…

The Master of the Universe who taught me that life is about much more than money

14 February 2015 9:00 am

God it’s nauseating when an exact university contemporary of yours turns out to have become a hugely successful investor with…

Why tomorrow’s parents won’t want their children to go to university

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why being a graduate is about to lose its prestige

Dear Mary: Is there a tactful way to shorten the guest list for my 21st?

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Q. I am organising my 21st birthday party at our family house in Italy. It is a fantastic location, but…

Justine Greening interview: 'It's about understanding what it's like to start from scratch'

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Justine Greening says that the Conservatives will not win big until they really home in on social mobility

Haunted by Facebook, students can't now reinvent themselves at university

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Facebook makes reinventing yourself at university much trickier

Why I’m hiring graduates with thirds this year

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Whenever I return to my old university, I am always struck by how incredibly focused, purposeful and studious everyone seems…