Indian students trapped in UK by coronavirus ‘actually starving’ | Education

Thousands of Indian students unable to leave the UK because of the coronavirus lockdown are relying on food donations from charities because they can no longer afford to eat. Student groups representing the students, from across the UK, have been coordinating emergency food drops with local community groups and charities. Many of the young people have lost their part-time jobs and can no longer afford even basic living costs. The Indian National Students’ Association, one of the largest student groups,…

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Ucas to stop advertising private loans to students | Education

Ucas, the university admissions service, has agreed to stop advertising private loans to students following pressure from the consumer finance expert Martin Lewis and a rebuke from the Charity Commission. Lewis and his organisation Money Saving Expert criticised Ucas last year as “tainted” for marketing commercial loans to students as young as 18 through its mailing lists, after it carried advertising for a private provider that offered loans of up to £40,000. Ucas, a charity that processes admissions on behalf…

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UK’s first degree course in social change begins | Education

The UK’s first degree course in “social change” has attracted six times more candidates per place than Oxford University, as young people flock to activist careers to reshape a world strained by environmental and wealth inequalities. Freshers gathered for the start of the pioneering course this week at Queen Mary University of London where they have been paired with major charities in a study-apprenticeship programme aimed at forging a new generation of charity leaders. Around 80% of the students are…

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