Bethan Ackerley

House of Lords amendment separates TEF from tuition fees

The House of Lords has passed an amendment to the Higher Education and Research bill that separates the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) from tuition fees in English universities. It has been viewed by many as a surprise defeat for the UK government. Under the plans proposed by Minister of State...
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Posted Mar. 11, 2017

The ‘Art’ of the Deal: Tristram Hunt’s resignation

Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, has resigned in order to become Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum. The former shadow education secretary was a surprise appointment, as Hunt has no experience running an organisation of such size, despite a strong background in patronage for the arts. Alongside his...
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Posted Jan. 27, 2017

Warwick’s Dr. Michael Scott uncovers Italy in new BBC documentary

Warwick classicist Dr. Michael Scott will be exploring subterranean Italy in the new BBC documentary Italy’s Invisible Cities. Following the success of Rome’s Invisible City in 2015, Dr. Scott has reunited with comedian and presenter Alexander Armstrong to uncover the hidden secrets of three Italian metropolises. Dr. Scott and Alexander...
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Posted Jan. 4, 2017

Government considers reduction in number of international student visas

The Home Office is considering plans to reduce the number of visas for international students, according to sources from The Guardian. Senior university figures told the newspaper that one model the government is considering would reduce overseas student numbers from 300,000 to 170,000. The UK is the second most popular...
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Posted Dec. 25, 2016

Government slashes funding for Creative Access

The future of diversity charity Creative Access is in jeopardy, after the Department of Education announced a £2 million cut to funding for the BAME internship scheme. Founded in 2012, Creative Access aims to promote diversity in the creative industries; it provides support for young black, Asian, and minority ethnicity...
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Posted Dec. 15, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; A Trailer Review

The international trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped last week, and with it came the feverish speculation that unites all good Star Wars fans. Packed with explosive action sequences and uplifting soundbites, the trailer has set the film up to be a classic sci-fi epic, though with...
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Posted Nov. 25, 2016

The Alternative Emmy Awards

All the obvious awards were presented at the Emmys – but what should be added to the list? Most Obvious Product Placement Product placement is playing an increasingly large role in our TV habits. No show features this more than House of Cards; the producers seem to have forgotten that...
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Posted Sep. 30, 2016

Interview: Lucy Porter on comedy, aging and being 4’11”

Tell us about your new show, Consequences. It’s a show about aging, and about how much I’ve let my sixteen-year-old self down, basically. It’s called Consequences because I realised all the things I thought I’d be doing when I was sixteen that I’m very much not doing now. I’m not...
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Posted Sep. 30, 2016

TV shows that help your degree

Finding your degree a little dull or complex to understand? Fear no more – our writers are here with TV shows that can help you better understand your degree, or at least enjoy it a little more… Community Bethan Ackerley Community is the story of newly suspended lawyer Jeff Winger,...
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Posted Sep. 22, 2016

Review: Holmes for Rent

At the Edinburgh Fringe- that great festival into which all the actors and comedians of the world are irresistibly drained- there are more musicals than you could see in a week. Perhaps more surprisingly, there are a great many shows about Sherlock Holmes. Musical Theatre Warwick’s Holmes For Rent, an...
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Posted Aug. 17, 2016