Education

Lab v lecture hall: Whose tuition fees are you paying?

Image copyright Getty Images On university campuses across England, arts, humanities and social studies students are subsidising those on lab-based science courses, which are more expensive to run. This is because nearly all undergraduate courses come with the maximum £9,250 price tag. Ministers are looking at introducing a more variable system as part of a […]

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University challenge

Image caption Waiting for the bus – Daniel Bennett (centre) wants his son to have chances he didn’t “I didn’t hear the word university until after I had left school but I know I could have done well.” Daniel Bennett from Kennington in south London is a heating engineer. He did a four-year apprenticeship straight […]

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'Cut student interest rates' say MPs

Image copyright Alamy Image caption The level of fees and debt for students is going to be the subject of a major review There is no justification for such “high interest rates” on student loans, says a committee of MPs. The Treasury Select Committee says it is unconvinced by “questionable” claims in support of charging […]

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Lecturers want 'radical' tuition fee review

University staff are calling for a “radical” overhaul of tuition fees and higher education funding in England in a review of student finance. Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers’ union, says the review must be more than “tinkering at the edges”. The review, expected to be formally announced in the near future, follows a […]

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Teenage girls' make-up racks up spending

Image copyright Getty Images Girls start spending more than boys as they enter their teens and discover more expensive shampoo and make-up. At the ages of seven to nine, weekly spending is higher among boys (£8.50) than girls (£7.50), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Girls’ spending then overtakes boys’ at the age of […]

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Is loneliness affecting your health?

Loneliness, or feeling that you have no one you can really talk to, affects most people at some point and is associated with poorer physical and mental well-being. Now BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind have launched the BBC Loneliness Experiment, an online survey to increase understanding of a major issue facing society today. […]