Out of left field #39

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.

Education PR

10. First Class Verse: The student who rapped his dissertation to earn a first in his degree (UEA)

9. Gender Games: The all-female games night jam to tackle industry gender imbalance (Suffolk)

8. All In: The dropout who left university to play full time poker and won $1.5 million (Hertforshire)

7. Bachelors to a Beat: The first ‘rap degree’ set up to ‘find the next Stormzy’ (Birmingham, Guildford and Middlesex)

6. Golden Goodbye: Systematic failings found as a disgraced vice-Chancellor received £270,000 exiting a university (De Montfort)

5. Student Playground: The luxury university halls offering a giant slide to reach morning lectures (Glasgow)

4. Boris the Llama? The university’s baby llama to be named after a Tory leadership candidate, decided by poll (Reading)

3. Pizza in the Park: The university parks you can order pizza direct to (Oxford)

2. Wasn’t Me: The university concerned that facial recognition tech will lead to innocent people going to prison, with four out of five suspects picked up by the technology innocent (Essex)

1. Chomping at the Bitcoin: The university study into how smaller countries are diving into cryptocurrencies, seeking a rare chance to grab a slice of the market (Cambridge)


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