University of Cambridge

Bronze cockerel to be returned to Nigeria by Cambridge college | Education

A bronze cockerel taken by British colonial forces and donated to Jesus College Cambridge is to be returned to Nigeria in an unprecedented step that adds momentum to the growing repatriations movement. The Okukor, described by the college as a “royal ancestral heirloom”, will be one of the first Benin bronzes to be returned to Nigeria by a major British institution since the punitive expedition in 1897 when thousands of bronzes were stolen from Benin City by British forces. No…

Read More

Students accuse Cambridge university of ‘greenwashing’ ties with oil firms | Education

Student activists at Cambridge have accused the university of attempting to greenwash its relationship with oil and gas firms by stealing their group’s name for a project led by an academic linked to the fossil fuel industry. Cambridge University is to launch its Cambridge Zero initiative at an event in London next week. The project’s website, which is already live, touts it as a “bold response to the world’s greatest challenge”. It says that, along with developing greener technology, it…

Read More

Oxford and Cambridge universities fail to raise UK student numbers | Education

Oxford and Cambridge universities are teaching nearly 1,000 fewer British undergraduates than they were five years ago, despite spending millions of pounds on programmes designed to widen participation and improve access for disadvantaged UK applicants. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have shown that Oxford and Cambridge are almost alone among the competitive British universities in failing to expand their intake of domestic undergraduates while slowly increasing the proportion of sought-after places going to EU and international students. But…

Read More

Cambridge don quits after outcry over sexual harassment ban U-turn | Education

A Cambridge don accused of sexually harassing students has resigned from his college following an outcry over its decision to readmit him less than two years after he was permanently excluded. Trinity Hall announced that its governing body had accepted the resignation of Dr Peter Hutchinson, an emeritus fellow, with immediate effect. The college will also undergo a review of its “decision making processes and an external review of [its] handing of harassment and other disciplinary issues”, according to a…

Read More

Cambridge accepts £6m Shell donation for oil extraction research | Education

Cambridge University has accepted a multimillion-pound donation from Shell to fund a team researching oil extraction technology, even as it publicly positions itself as part of the transition to a sustainable future. Shell has given £6m to fund the work of the university’s magnetic resonance research group amid a concerted campaign by students and staff to persuade the university to sever its links with extractive industries. The university was praised earlier this year after its management agreed to provide fully…

Read More

Cambridge don leaves college after new investigation into harassment claims | Education

A Cambridge don has agreed to permanent exclusion from his college following allegations that he breached sanctions placed on him two years ago after an internal investigation into complaints that he had sexually harassed undergraduates. Peter Hutchinson, a non-stipendiary fellow at Trinity Hall, was banned in September 2015 from teaching undergraduates and attending social events where they were present. Trinity Hall, whose alumni include Stephen Hawking and the Oscar-winning actor Rachel Weisz, launched an investigation earlier this month into whether…

Read More

‘Stormzy effect’: record number of black Britons studying at Cambridge | Education

The “Stormzy effect” has helped inspire record numbers of black British students to study at the University of Cambridge, following the musician’s high-profile backing of scholarships for black students at the institution. Cambridge said 91 black British students had been admitted as first-year undergraduates at the start of the academic year, an increase of nearly 50% compared with last year’s 61 students. It takes the total number of black undergraduates studying at Cambridge above 200 for the first time. Last…

Read More

The strange dialect of an Oxbridge elite

Stan Godfrey and Ivor Morgan discuss how upper class patois can be baffling to those from different backgrounds Daniella Adeluwoye’s piece (At Cambridge I learned class still matters, Journal, 24 September) reminded me of when, 40 years ago, living in a pit village, I took exams to join the civil service fast stream. The exam paper had a paragraph explaining that you were to write for someone who was “a Senior Wrangler at Cambridge”. I hadn’t a clue why it…

Read More

Stephen Siklos obituary | Education

My friend and colleague Stephen Siklos, who has died aged 69 after suffering from cancer, did more than anyone to make the Cambridge entrance examination in mathematics accessible to students whatever their school background. In 1987 he played a central role in setting up Step, the Sixth Term Examination Paper that mathematical applicants to Cambridge, Warwick and some other universities must sit, and oversaw it for the next 32 years. His book Advanced Problems in Mathematics (2016), which is available…

Read More

US academic given two weeks to leave UK after eight years | Education

After eight years researching music history at Glasgow University, Elizabeth Ford hoped her request for a visa extension would sail through this summer. Instead, the Home Office gave the American academic two weeks to pack up her life and leave the country. Ford has held a research fellowship at Edinburgh University – which, like Glasgow is in the elite Russell Group – and is due to begin a new research fellowship at Oxford University. But this is in jeopardy after…

Read More

University admissions and messy exits | Letters | Education

Bernie Evans asks a critical question about pupils from underprivileged backgrounds and suggests a more generous route into university (Letters, 29 June). We have been in this situation before, decades ago, in the context of adult education. By focusing on women’s return to learning and then access to higher education, we discovered that their children followed them. The answer seemed to lie in the home as much as school. None of my parents or grandparents went to university. After leaving…

Read More

Sonita Alleyne to be first black leader of an Oxbridge college | Education

A businesswoman is to become the first black leader of an Oxbridge college after she was elected master of Jesus College, Cambridge. Sonita Alleyne will also be the first female head in the history of the college, which was founded in 1496, when she takes up the role from 1 October. The 51-year-old entrepreneur, who has previously served as a BBC trustee and chairs the British Board of Film Classification, described her election as an honour. Alleyne was brought up…

Read More

Calls for private school head’s sacking for ‘tasteless Holocaust analogy’ | Education

It was Stowe’s first headmaster, JF Roxburgh, who suggested the school should aspire to produce students who would prove “acceptable at a dance and invaluable at a shipwreck”. On Saturday, though, the current head expressed fears that these days, his charges were more likely to find themselves victims of social engineering, which he equated with antisemitism. In explosive comments about attempts by Oxbridge to raise admissions from state schools, Anthony Wallersteiner likened the treatment of private school pupils to the…

Read More

London state school says 41 students offered Oxbridge place | Education – Education Article

A state school in east London is celebrating after 41 of its students – almost all of them from minority ethnic backgrounds – secured offers to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge later this year. Brampton Manor academy in Newham opened its sixth form in September 2012 with the objective of increasing progression rates to Oxbridge and other elite Russell Group universities among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2014, one student received an offer; in 2018 it was…

Read More