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Leeds students honour organ donor pupil who died last year

More than 1,500 students and staff members have paid tribute to a pupil who died last year by spelling out a special message on their sports pitch. Students at The Grammar School at Leeds honoured 12-year-old Hoshi Naylor, who died after being hit by a car in January 2018. Her organs were donated to four people in need of a transplant after she died. The students stood in formation to spell out the words ‘Be A Hero’, which is the name of the organ donor campaign led by Leeds Teaching…

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Hannah Bladon killing: Man jailed over student’s murder

Image copyright FCO Image caption Hannah Bladon was on an exchange programme at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem A man has been jailed for 18 years over the murder of a British student in Jerusalem. University of Birmingham student Hannah Bladon, 21, was stabbed to death as she travelled on a light rail train near the Old City, in Israel, on Good Friday in 2017. Palestinian Jamil Tamimi, 59, was charged with murder, but reached a plea bargain not to serve life in jail. The victim’s family were said to…

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Climate change: Australian students skip school for mass protest

Image caption Students protest in central Sydney on Friday School students across Australia have gathered for a high-profile protest to urge greater action on climate change. Thousands of students were expected to skip school on Friday to highlight what they say are inadequate policies by the Australian government. On Monday, Australian PM Scott Morrison rebuked their plans for “activism” during school hours and insisted his government was tackling climate change. Many students said his remarks had bolstered their resolve to protest. “We will be the ones suffering the consequences of…

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Southampton students’ union president resigns in WW1 mural row

Image copyright University of Southampton Image caption Emily Dawes apologised after sending the initial tweet A student leader who sparked outrage by saying a mural dedicated to soldiers in World War One should be painted over has resigned. The artwork, in the University of Southampton Senate Room, shows a degree being given to an unknown soldier. Union president Emily Dawes faced a backlash online after saying the “mural of white men” would be taken down or daubed over. She said she “acted impulsively” and would step down with immediate effect.…

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University students hit by wave of fake tax refund emails

Image copyright Getty Images University students have been bombarded with fake tax refund emails in the last month, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of students have been targeted in a bid to steal their banking and personal details. The fraudsters appear to be using .ac.uk email addresses that look genuine, in order to avoid detection. HMRC said email, text or voicemail would never be used for real refunds. “Although HMRC is cracking down hard on internet scams, criminals will stop at…

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Cameroon kidnap: Bamenda students freed

Image copyright Evn Image caption The pupils were taken from the Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda Students kidnapped from a boarding school in Cameroon’s North-West region have been freed, officials say. The 79 students and three others were seized early on Sunday in the region’s capital, Bamenda. The school’s principal, the driver, and a teacher are still in captivity, the BBC’s Mayeni Jones reports. The government and separatists in the English-speaking region have been accusing each other of being behind the kidnapping. Africa Live: Updates as the children are freed…

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Too many students left with debts for ‘too little payback’

Image caption The criticism being levelled at many universities is that they are not providing value for money Too many graduates in England are being left with big debts for too little payback, MPs are warning. Nearly half of recent graduates were not working in graduate roles in 2017, the Commons education committee says. Its chairman Robert Halfon also highlights the excessive pay of some university vice-chancellors, saying that is not value for money. The government is reviewing post-18 education and funding to see how it can ensure that value.…

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‘Hologram’ lecturers to teach students at Imperial College London

Image copyright Imperial College London University classes are set to be given a futuristic spin by letting lecturers appear as hologram-like apparitions beamed in from afar. Imperial College London will show off the technology at a special event later on Thursday before deploying it more widely. It believes it will be the first academic body to do so regularly. A similar effect has been used to animate images of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and other celebrities. Imperial will initially limit its use to its Business School’s activities but expects the…

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Does screen time really affect medical students’ surgery skills?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A surgeon uses the robotic surgery system da Vinci, which is used in more than 70 hospitals in the UK Medical students are losing the dexterity to stitch up their patients because they are spending too much time in front of screens. That’s the claim from one professor of surgery who says trainee doctors are “less competent”, compared to their older colleagues, at using their hands. Professor Roger Kneebone, from Imperial College London, says young people have so little experience of craft skills that…

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Surgery students ‘losing dexterity to stitch patients’

Image copyright Getty Images A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients. Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, says young people have so little experience of craft skills that they struggle with anything practical. “It is important and an increasingly urgent issue,” says Prof Kneebone, who warns medical students might have high academic grades but cannot cut or sew. “It…

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