University

America’s campus culture wars come for St Andrews

2 October 2021 9:14 am

The University of St Andrews has been keen on American imports for some time. Americans make up 16 per cent…

Cambridge deserves better than Stephen Toope

18 June 2021 2:26 am

Regular readers may be aware that in recent months I have been having a running-spat with a Canadian lawyer called…

Have we hit peak graduate?

5 June 2021 10:00 am

The Tory party has turned sharply against the idea of ever larger numbers going to university. The reasons for this…

Studying history isn't what it used to be

12 May 2021 5:30 pm

Is history in danger of becoming a thing of the past on campus? In recent weeks, Aston in Birmingham announced a consultation on…

Gavin Williamson is right to call out educational snobbery

9 July 2020 10:32 pm

Politicians give speeches all the time, but with differing levels of significance. Can you think of a genuinely important political…

British universities are a modern-day racket

22 January 2020 10:08 pm

One of the great myths of Scottish higher education is that it’s free. Outside observers can be forgiven for making…

What have the Anglo-Saxons ever done for us?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

It has been a while since I’ve considered the vexed question of Byrhtnoth’s ‘ofermod’. More than 30 years, in fact.…

The lessons I learned at my Oxford gaudy

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I went to a gaudy last weekend. Several British universities now host these splendid events; mine was at Worcester College,…

At last, the TV-hogging space invaders have returned to university

5 October 2019 9:00 am

‘Hands up which other university parents are bloody glad to have got rid of their lumpen, food-gobbling, space-invading kids…’ When…

Dear Mary: How do I cope with university flatmates who can’t cook?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Q. For many years I employed around 60 people with whom I worked in an open-plan office. I moved on from…

American universities are fuelled by amphetamines – so I tried them

14 September 2019 9:00 am

 New York A biography of Freud to my left, a black leather lounger to my right. We were 30 minutes…

The Ivy League’s dirty secret

17 November 2018 9:00 am

 New York There comes a point in a New York expat’s life when you suddenly realise that the liberal elites…

Why data doesn’t always reveal the truth

18 August 2018 9:00 am

In late 1973 the graduate admissions department at UC Berkeley discovered that for the forthcoming year it had awarded places…

Letters: Judging students by achievement is a greater scourge than diversity at any cost

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Harvard’s racial quotas Sir: While I largely agree with Coleman Hughes that racial quotas are counterproductive (‘The diversity trap’, 23 June),…

Jeremy Corbyn’s hat and the art of photo manipulation

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Spin doctors The BBC has denied it photoshopped a Newsnight backdrop to make Jeremy Corbyn’s hat look more Russian. The…

Dire warnings of a Brexit university brain drain? They’re a myth

10 February 2018 9:00 am

How to sell snake oil Ex-cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell accused Brexiteers of ‘selling snake oil’. How do you sell snake…

Peter Hitchens: Why I climbed on my soapbox after refusing to sign a university’s ‘free speech’ contract

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Where better to be than in Liverpool on a crisp autumn evening, haranguing an open-air meeting of students? I hadn’t…

Unsafe spaces

26 August 2017 9:00 am

As a child in Glasgow, I learned that sticks and stones might break my bones but words didn’t really hurt.…

My Brighton’s gone all Brideshead

16 January 2016 9:00 am

My town is overrun with drunken Mileses and Gileses and Violets these days. Cross these oafish students at your peril

Warning! Can seriously damage your health

The contagious madness of the new PC

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Obsessive searching for hurt and offence will create it where once it never existed

Bisexuality is now everywhere – and nowhere

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I’m not aware of knowing many bisexual people. Or indeed, off the top of my head, any bisexual people. Which…

The Master of the Universe who taught me that life is about much more than money

14 February 2015 9:00 am

God it’s nauseating when an exact university contemporary of yours turns out to have become a hugely successful investor with…

Why tomorrow’s parents won’t want their children to go to university

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Why being a graduate is about to lose its prestige

Dear Mary: Is there a tactful way to shorten the guest list for my 21st?

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Q. I am organising my 21st birthday party at our family house in Italy. It is a fantastic location, but…

Justine Greening interview: 'It's about understanding what it's like to start from scratch'

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Justine Greening says that the Conservatives will not win big until they really home in on social mobility