This week’s Varsity

The latest fortnightly edition of Varsity featured two of my articles, which I was really pleased about.

The first was about data from the Sutton Trust, which the previous blog deals with. It was originally an online article, but it was obviously relevant and good enough to be included in print too.

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The next article was one in which I felt I could be more myself, and write a bit more freely, certainly more than I have have done before when the news stories have followed the usual press release pattern. This article was more analytical, and it required a bit more research and contacting the University’s Communications Office. I feel it’s my best writing yet, and with a few things edited before its printing, it seems that my confidence with writing has certainly increased. Online here: http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/5705

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Rise in postgrad numbers could ‘hinder social mobility’

A very interesting article I wrote yesterday about a report from the Sutton Trust, a foundation whose aim is to improve social mobility through education. Most surprising is the lack of financial assistance for postgraduates; the report recommends this be implemented. It makes for a very interesting read, given the larger, ongoing funding ‘crisis’ for postgraduate study.

A report by the Sutton Trust has found that students with postgraduate degrees are increasingly edging out other graduates from top graduate jobs in the UK. The head of the foundation, Sir Peter Lampl, fears this is reducing social mobility by pricing out poorer students who only have an undergraduate qualification.

Link to the story here: http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/5609

This week’s Varsity

An article written about the prevalence of misconduct, including plagiarism and falsification of data, among academics. A study has shown there is a concerning upwards trend of this among male academics. It’s worth mentioning that this data was collected within the confines of life sciences, and the fact that this is American data also.

Link to online Varsity article: http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/5570

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