University of Florida student senate passes ‘green new deal’
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by Aliya Uteuova
20h ago
In a rebuke to Governor Ron DeSantis’s denialism, the student body calls for campus-wide measures to tackle the climate crisis The University of Florida student senate voted in favour of a “green new deal” late on Tuesday, becoming the first public university to adopt such a resolution through student government. The mandate – which was unanimously passed – calls for sweeping campus-wide measures to tackle the climate crisis that include just transition, total divestment from fossil fuels, disclosure of the university’s financial ties within the private sector and a ban on receiving research f ..read more
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Academics win claim against Oxford University over ‘sham contracts’
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by Sally Weale Education correspondent
20h ago
Rebecca Abrams and Alice Jolly claimed they were denied important workplace rights for 15 years Two academics who sued Oxford University for employing them on “sham contracts” as gig economy workers, have won their claim for employee status in a ruling that could have implications for other higher education workers on precarious contracts. Rebecca Abrams and Alice Jolly, both respected authors, taught on Oxford’s prestigious creative writing course for 15 years, but were employed on fixed-term “personal services” contracts, which they claimed denied them important workplace rights ..read more
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How to get away with AI-generated essays | Letters
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by Guardian Staff
3d ago
Prof Paul Kleinman on putting ChatGPT to the test on his work. Plus letters from Michael Bulley and Dr Paul Flewers No wonder Robert Topinka found himself in a quandary (The software says my student cheated using AI. They say they’re innocent. Who do I believe?, 13 February). To test ChatGPT’s abilities and weaknesses, I asked it to write a short essay on a particular topic that I specialised in. Before looking at what it produced, I wrote my own 100% original short essay on the same topic. I then submitted both pieces to ChatGPT and asked it to identify whether they were written by AI or a hu ..read more
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Nifty shades of grey: the fashion college where students inject the colour
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by Oliver Wainwright
3d ago
It is a love letter to the wonders of needlework, a multi-storey mill for the 21st century. Our writer enters an orange peel lobby and ascends some Harry Potter stairs at the new London College of Fashion It must be the ironing board with the best view in the capital. On the top floor of the new London College of Fashion, in a prime corner of the kind usually reserved for a boardroom, a student is busy pressing their garments in front of a rolling panorama of the Olympic Park and the towers of the City beyond. Behind the vertiginous ironing station, past serried ranks of sewing machines, a gre ..read more
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Students’ futures still blighted by English test scandal | Letter
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by Guardian Staff
4d ago
International students wrongly accused of cheating are being denied justice by the Home Office, warns Nazek Ramadan of Migrant Voice Regarding your article (‘It destroyed my life’: the students accused of cheating in English tests”, 11 February) and other related pieces on the English language test scandal, Migrant Voice has been campaigning with the students for seven years, and has brought about investigations that have revealed more evidence supporting their innocence. When affected students first approached Migrant Voice to help them fight to clear their names, the sheer scale and com ..read more
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House Republicans subpoena Harvard brass in campus antisemitism inquiry
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by Edward Helmore
6d ago
Request comes six weeks after lawmakers grilled school president Claudine Gay, who lost her job in aftermath of contentious hearing Republicans in Congress have escalated their fight with Harvard University by issuing subpoenas to university leaders, six weeks after hearings into antisemitism on campus set in motion the resignation of Harvard’s president, Claudine Gay. Virginia Foxx, a Republican from North Carolina who heads the House education and workforce committee that held hearings into the issue last year, ordered Harvard’s trustees to produce documents related to the issue ..read more
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Elite universities and professions are still the preserve of the middle classes | Letters
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by Guardian Staff
1w ago
In response to a piece by Gaby Hinsliff, Dr Siân Lawrence says we’re not sliding back to the days of class privilege – we never left them behind Gaby Hinsliff asks if we are sliding back to the days when middle-class children mostly went to university and then into elite careers, while working-class ones mostly did not (It’s not about ‘woke’ or foreign students – the truth is that UK universities are starved of cash, 6 February). We’re not sliding back to those days – we never left them behind. Working-class students comprise around 20% of undergraduates at the 24 Russell Group unive ..read more
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Bristol University loses appeal over suicide of disabled student on exam day
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by Steven Morris
1w ago
Parents of Natasha Abrahart hope high court ruling will result in statutory duty of care for students The family of a disabled undergraduate who killed herself on the day of a “truly terrifying” oral exam have won the latest stage of a legal battle to compel universities to take more care of students struggling with their mental health. Natasha Abrahart’s parents and supporters say a ruling by a high court judge against the University of Bristol has implications for the whole higher education sector and hope it will prompt politicians to think again about bringing in a statutory duty of care f ..read more
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‘97% seemed absurd’: Labour’s Stephen Timms on the English test scandal that wrecked lives
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by Amelia Gentleman
1w ago
The London MP has battled to get the Home Office to take responsibility for its mistaken allegations of cheating against many thousands of overseas students There was one crucial statistic in the cheating allegations that the Home Office levelled against more than 35,000 overseas students that instantly alerted Labour MP Stephen Timms to the likely presence of a huge miscarriage of justice. A dossier of evidence revealed that 97% of all international students who took a Home Office-approved English language test between 2011 and 2014 were suspected of cheating ..read more
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The software says my student cheated using AI. They say they’re innocent. Who do I believe? | Robert Topinka
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by Robert Topinka
1w ago
In the desperate scramble to combat AI, there is a real danger of penalising students who have done nothing wrong Robert Topinka a senior lecturer in media and cultural studies at Birkbeck, University of London When I sat down to mark undergraduate student essays in the spring of 2023, the hype around ChatGPT was already at giddy heights. Like teachers everywhere, I was worried that students would succumb to the temptation to outsource their thinking to the machine. Many universities, including mine, responded by adopting AI detection software, and I soon had my fears confirmed when it provi ..read more
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