Arson attack at famous Royal Holloway University
Hundreds of students had to be evacuated after fires were started in student halls at Royal Holloway University. The suspect in the case has been arrested under the suspicion of arson attack with intent to endanger life. No one was injured, but at least one room in this famous institution suffered fire damage.
Students learning about sensitive topics could be offered deadline extensions
Students who are learning about sensitive topics such as rape and violence could potentially be offered exemptions and deadline extensions at Newcastle University. When material is too distressing, students' academic performance can be affected. That is why a committee of tutors can decide in which way students will be tested. Some academics agree with this, and some of them think that the best way students can learn is to face these difficult subjects head on.
The number of men on University Challenge team limited at King's College
The lack of female contestants at the BBC quiz show has been criticised, and King's College has decided to appeal for more women to apply and represent their college. Union representatives say that men should make up no more than half the team, and the rest should be women, transsexual and non-binary students. A sexism row has emerged out of this since many people think that equality should not be forced, but at the same time this decision should bring more women into a largely male-dominated show.
Universities in Germany will reintroduce tuition fees for non-EU students
The higher education deficit in Germany stands at €48m, so tutition fees will have to be reintroduced for non-EU students. Beginning with the coming year, non-EU students will have to pay €1,500 per semester. In southwestern Germany courses have been free, but starting with the autumn of 2017 tuition-free studies will cease. In the next couple of years, tuition fees will be extended across the rest of the country. British students will also be required to pay fees once Britain leaves the EU. Exceptions will be made for students from non-member countries who have permanent resident status in Europe and refugees with permission to stay.