Out of left field #32

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 October that we think really deserve a second airing.

Education Public Relations

1. Seeking Original Thinkers: The university entrance interview questions released, including “What does this rock look like?” (Oxford)

2. Costume Censorship: The university’s proposed list of banned fancy dress which included priests, cowboys and Tories (Kent)

3. Loopholes for Learning: The university creating ‘academic dual nationality’ through unique post Brexit arrangement with Munich (Imperial)

4. “Let’s have a big (jazz) hand for”: The debate on disability, inclusivity and replacing clapping with jazz hands (Manchester)

5. Ballin’ for Schoolin’: The rapper who sent a solid gold necklace to a student to contribute to her student fees (Royal College of Art)

6. Getting Married for a Masters: The mock wedding held by a Ugandan celebrity to raise money for a person’s university fees (Oxford)

7. Trademarking Town: The University which has applied for rights over the name of its town (Oxford)

8. Salty over Pepper: The UK Parliament committee who heard from Pepper the Robot, with some disgruntled by the gimmick (Middlesex)

9. Wellbeing Credits: The first university course on the Science of Happiness, to be led by eminent psychologist (Bristol)

10. Century Old Comics: The collection of comics uncovered in university archives, the oldest dating to 1895 (Dundee)


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