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Jessica Shepherd

Degrees for sale

The conferring of a "university college" title on a business signals the British government's desire to expand the private sector in higher education.

What is a girl worth?

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12-year-old Abigail Appetey is forced to miss her classes at primary school to sell fried fish door-to-door.

Poor funding for PhD students

The UK may be missing out on talented EU research students because of a refusal to pay living costs.

Education in Tanzania: A series of near-misses

A hungry girl presses against her classroom's smashed window to look outside. Surely maths is over and it is time for lunch, she seems to say.

Leaving the lab

Why are women researchers so much more likely than their male colleagues to opt out of an academic career? Jessica Shepherd reports.

If you do it, do it right

A<i> Guardian</i> investigation has exposed how easy and cheap it is for British university students to get small businesses to do their coursework. We posed as Josephine, a 23-year-old student who wanted two assignments done. One was her second-year undergraduate computer science homework.

Let’s ban emails

When it was suggested that I might forgo the use of email for a day my response went something like this: "Are you actually kidding me?" My alarm was well founded. Checking my email is the first thing I do in the morning and I do it almost constantly until I go to bed.

A life’s journey

Nur knew that as a Bedouin -- an Arab nomad -- living­ in poverty in Israel's Negev desert, the likelihood of going to university was remote. As a woman, it was almost unheard of. Tribal norms and finances ruled it out. So the 18-year-old applied in secret to Ben-Gurion University -- and was accepted. Nur (a pseudonym) knew that she needed her father's permission to go and that he had denied it.

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