Out of left field #29

At GKP we always keep an eye out for the most interesting and unusual university stories to make the headlines. These are the stories from July that we think really deserve a second airing

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10. Still They Rise: The students who painted a Maya Angelou poem over a Kipling one they deemed racist (Manchester)

9. Alien Authenticity: The return of the “Rio” system, rating reports of extra-terrestrial activity on a scale from 0 to 10 (St Andrews)

8. Fallible Flashbacks: The fictional first memories 4 in 10 people hold close (University of London, Bradford and Nottingham Trent)

7. Gown and Veil: The couple who met on a university course and got married the same day they graduated (Exeter)

6. Personal Resources: The more than one in ten students “using their bodies” in some way, medical trials to webcamming, to support themselves at university

5. Mockery Mondays: The seeming new national sport – tweeting ridiculing commentary throughout University Challenge (to compensate our intellectual inferiority?)

4. Exposing Emails: The accidental email circulation identifying struggling students (Oxford)

3. Masters in Mansplaining: The university advert pulled after raising a few eyebrows, reminding us it’s not just the British universities who hit headlines (Adelaide)

2. Contractual Constraint: The university requiring students sign contracts stating they will not take drugs on campus (Buckingham)

1. Plans Plugged: The university building plan described by local councillors as “a right dog’s breakfast”, “awful”, “unattractive” and “totally out of place” (Leeds)


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