University of Cambridge

No sex, no booze: how the move online will take all the fun out of university | Universities

Name: Student life. Age: Ongoing since the first university opened 1,161 years ago. Appearance: People sitting around in their parents’ house, nodding at a webcam. That doesn’t sound right. Well, times have changed. But why? For the same reason that you’re suddenly afraid of deliverymen and haven’t worn socks for three months. It’s because of coronavirus, silly. Explain yourself. The University of Cambridge has announced that it is going online-only for the full 2020-2021 academic year, with no face-to-face lectures,…

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Don’t turn your home into school … the Lego professor of play on lockdown learning | Education

Learning at home does not have to look like school and probably shouldn’t, says Britain’s first play professor. With coronavirus closures offering opportunities for home learning, and many parents more on hand during the lockdown, play can come into its own, says Paul Ramchandani, Lego professor of play at the University of Cambridge. A parent’s ability to notice, interpret and respond well to a young child’s attempt to communicate can positively affect development, he says. And fathers can also play…

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Cambridge University assigns white academic to look at slavery links | Education

The equal rights campaigner and former Labour politician Trevor Phillips has criticised the University of Cambridge’s “bizarre” decision to appoint a white academic as head of a study into the institution’s historical links with slavery. Prof Martin Millett of Fitzwilliam College is to oversee the two-year research project, which will investigate ways in which the university “contributed to or benefited from the Atlantic slave trade and other forms of coerced labour during the colonial era” in an effort to “acknowledge…

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Universities having to adapt fast to the coronavirus crisis | Education

UK universities are racing to ensure that the coronavirus does not prevent final-year students from completing their degrees. But experts say a sudden shift to online learning is a “huge challenge” for both institutions and students. All universities have been treating the coronavirus as a major emergency for some weeks. Last week the London School of Economics, University College London, Durham University, Manchester Metropolitan and Loughborough became the first to close down class teaching and move online. Oxford University’s term…

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Cambridge students urge university to let them retake the final year | Education

Cambridge University is facing calls to allow students due to graduate this summer to restart their final year in September due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of undergraduate students have signed a letter to Graham Virgo, the pro-vice chancellor for education, calling on the university to overhaul its summer exams amid widespread fears that the outbreak will adversely affect their exam performance. The demands came as the university’s vice-chancellor, Stephen Toope, announced it was asking all…

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Want black students to feel at home? Don’t ignore the little things | Education

As I ate breakfast on the morning of my Cambridge interview, I took in every detail of the room. It’s not every day you get to eat in a Harry Potter-style great hall. My eyes settled on the portraits that lined the walls. Each was a former college master who, without exception, was an old white man. I remember enjoying the irony that some of these men would have been mortified by my presence in their college. That said, by…

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Cambridge may drop BAME mentoring of white academics | Education

Cambridge University may scrap a controversial mentoring scheme to help senior white academics and managers tackle institutional racism because some of those involved have failed to take its work seriously. Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff (BAME) who “reverse-mentored” senior white colleagues also found participating in the scheme to be a burden, according to Joanna Jasiewicz, an equality and diversity consultant at the university. This was partly due to a lack of commitment by some mentees, she added. The pilot…

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Letter: Zara Steiner obituary | Education

Zara Steiner will certainly be remembered “with great affection” by her female students. She was also an encouraging, engaging and exacting tutor of male students. While at Queens’ College, Cambridge, in the early 1970s, I was supervised by her for the American history paper, not her specialist subject but one to which she brought great knowledge and all her analytical acumen. It was worth the cycle ride to New Hall, and I too remember her with great affection. Source link

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Simon Norton obituary | Education

Simon Norton, who has died of a heart attack aged 66, was a world-class mathematician sometimes mistaken for a homeless man. In the late 1960s he represented Britain at the International Mathematical Olympiads three times, scoring the top grade each time, once with 100%, another time with 99%, and winning a special prize for the elegance of his solutions. What made his work beautiful was not its complexity but its simplicity. Without drafts or false starts, he laid down his…

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Academics refused permanent UK visas because of field trips abroad | Education

When Dr Nazia Hussein spent six months researching class and gender identity in Bangladesh for her PhD at Warwick University in 2009, she had no idea that, a decade later, the Home Office would use this to refuse her application for permanent residency. Hussein, a Bangladeshi expert on gender, race and religion, now a lecturer at the University of Bristol, was “absolutely shocked” when her application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) was rejected last year on the grounds that…

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Cambridge sexual misconduct rule change ‘re-victimises’ students | Education

One of the women affected by Cambridge University’s decision not to investigate some student complaints of sexual misconduct, including rape, said it has left her feeling abandoned and re-victimised. “Faye” (not her real name) said this summer’s ruling by Cambridge’s discipline committee that sexual misconduct should no longer be covered by the university’s general disciplinary regulations for students had led to her rape complaint against a male student being dropped and denied her justice. She added the decision had turned…

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Students slam Cambridge over handling of sexual misconduct cases | Education

Hundreds of Cambridge students have accused the university of “a complete failure” to deal with complaints of sexual misconduct after an investigation that raised concerns about a conflict of interest among academics. In a letter signed by more than 500 current and former students, Cambridge University Students’ Union Women’s Campaign has called for colleges to be stripped of their powers to investigate sexual misconduct complaints against their own members. It comes after it emerged that Dr William O’Reilly, the don…

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How Cambridge University almost killed me | Education

I had always been what they call a good student. In 2011, aged 18, I had two A*s and two As at A-level, various sporting successes and plenty of friends. I was president of more clubs and societies than the school needed. I was going to Cambridge University to study English. By most measures, things were going OK. There was a problem, however – I had also developed an eating disorder. Over the two years before I started university, my…

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Cambridge sociologist’s visa fight ‘sends shockwaves’ through universities | Education

The UK is “open to global talent”, the government declared last week, with a new visa designed to woo the best overseas researchers. But angry academics say their protests about the Home Office’s “shocking” refusal to grant residency to Dr Asiya Islam, an “unequivocally superb” Indian sociologist at Cambridge University, have fallen on deaf ears. Senior academics warn that unless the government reins in its aggressive application of immigration rules, talented international researchers will not want to come to the…

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Record numbers of state school pupils offered Oxford places | Education

State school pupils have won nearly 70% of Oxford University’s undergraduate places next year, a record level that represents a remarkable turnaround in the university’s intake over the last five years. Oxford announced that 69% of the offers it made this week were to British students from state schools or colleges for courses starting in October 2020, of a total of 3,909 sent to British and international applicants. Five years ago, state school applicants to Oxford received just 56% of…

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Third of Cambridge University staff ‘have experienced bullying’ | Education

Nearly a third of staff at the University of Cambridge say they have experienced bullying and harassment in the workplace, according to an internal survey obtained by the Guardian that revealed what one union called “a culture of bullying” in parts of the institution. Responses from 3,000 academic and non-academic staff – a quarter of Cambridge’s total workforce – found that nearly one in three had either been the victims of bullying and other forms of victimisation or had seen…

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