Graduate sues Oxford University for £1m over his failure to get a first

An Oxford graduate is suing the university for £1m claiming the “appallingly bad” and “boring” teaching cost him a first-class degree and prevented him from having a successful career. Faiz Siddiqui, who studied modern history at Brasenose College, told the high court he believes he would have had a career as an international commercial lawyer if he had been awarded a first rather than the 2:1 he achieved 16 years ago. If he wins, the case could open the floodgates to similar claims from students complaining about inadequate teaching, unsuitable…

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UoPeople receives $1m for Syria scholarships

The University of the People, a non-profit, tuition-free online university based in the US, has received a $1m donation from Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss foundation supporting projects in sustainable development and education, towards scholarships for Syrian refugees. The university delivers full, accredited degrees online. Beckie graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Japanese, during which she lived in Kyoto for a year. She can often be found debating feminism, politics and the media or looking for the best gin cocktails in London. She’s addicted to Spotify and is currently listening to…

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Palestinian ex-refugee Hanan al-Hroub wins $1m Global Teacher Prize for her work with refugee children

Palestinian primary school teacher Hanan al-Hroub reacts after she won the second annual Global Teacher Prize AP A Palestinian woman who grew up as a refugee and who now teaches refugee children has been awarded with a $1million (£707,000) global prize for reaching excellence. Hanan al-Hroub, who teaches primary school children in the West Bank city of al-Bireh, just outside of Ramallah, was handed the second annual Global Teacher Prize which recognises an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession. The Pope announced Ms al-Hroub – who…

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