Out of left field #34

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 December that we think really deserve a second airing.

10. Digital Detox: The university switching off its social media to highlight its impact on mental health (De Montfort)

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9. Matured Malt: The university time capsule uncovering fifty year old treasures, including sporting relics, an exam paper and a bottle of whisky (Stirling)

8. Fallen Angels: The Robbie Williams anthem banned from balls after student hurt in stampede (Durham)

7. Hindered by Higher Ed: The finding that male students of particular subjects (including English, philosophy and languages) earn less than peers without degrees

6. Costly Ceremonies: The students paying up to £225 to attend their own graduation (Universities Scotland)

5. Offense Caused: The university having to apologise for translating a cheating warning for Chinese students (Liverpool)

4. Father to Daughter: The link discovered between paternal post-natal depression and future mental health of daughters (UCL, Oxford, Bristol, Cambridge)

3. Tinder Dragon’s Den: The student app The Crowd where entrepreneurs pitch ideas and investors swipe

2. Give Men a Chance… The historical fellowship for women found “discriminatory” on the grounds of gender (Oxford)

1. Toon Calendar Girls: The design student promoting Newcastle’s drag scene with a celebratory charity calendar, now selling all over the world (Sunderland)


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