A report out this summer revealed that only 19.5% of Welsh applications to Oxford and Cambridge were successful during the 2011-12 admissions cycle, compared to a success rate of 25% for England and Northern Ireland... Welsh industry most certainly does require that top level expertise if it is to continue to thrive.
From the outside, Oxford seems impervious to change... The depiction of the university as a hidebound institution content to stay locked in its ivory tower, however, is misguided. The university is champing at the bit for reform, yet there are some areas in which it is found lacking.
Flaunting your gown around town, blowing £200 on May Ball tickets, or getting your mates or wider society to fund your Gap Yah trips abroad: there are a number of actions available to Oxbridge students that serve to fuel the stereotypes of an elitist institution harbouring privileged students, out of touch with the rest of the world...
While we can certainly point to economics as a motivation for smart drug use, the true problem lies in the values our society instills in young people today. We now have a pill that can modify our brain chemistry to make us work harder and longer.
Heading into exam season, it's hard not to be aghast at the pressure and panic that prevails in households this time of year. My daughter alternates between grim perseverance and limp hopelessness while many of her peers surrender to hysteria at the slightest challenge. While doing their best to support their children though the ordeal, sane parents must stop and ask: do these exams prove anything?
This is an intervention. An impending doom is descending on the nation. For many teens and twentysomethings across the country, GCSEs, A Levels and university exams are just around the corner.
Since my first mental health assessment at university I've been waiting for six weeks for my counselling to begin. The wellbeing services know I have been self-harming and have expressed an interest in suicide yet I've heard nothing from the wellbeing centre for nearly two months.
Unless we see a true cultural shift and change of attitude throughout the fabric of our workplaces, no matter how hard a college like Murray Edwards tries, it will still be difficult for our women to have the impact they aspire to in the world.
Western governments have condemned Russia for the last seven months, drawing attention to her horrific human rights record and homophobic actions. However, there is nothing to make Russia pay any attention to these objections - why should she?
In countries all over the world, more and more women are postponing childbearing. In my research on fertility, the women who I interview frequently cite their age as a reason for difficulties in achieving conception and/or maintaining a pregnancy. Many point to career or educational goals as reasons for delayed childbearing...
The Cambridge Union Society's Press Officer, Oliver Jackson, as the product of a succession of British private schools, discourses on the arguments around the system that educated him.
Russell Brand found a willing audience in Cambridge earlier this week as students turned out in their hundreds to hear him muse upon subjects as diverse as One Direction (Harry Styles is "apparently a bit of a character"), recreational drugs (Brand would have them fully legalised and regulated) and, of course, his much fêted revolution.
There are a new cast of heroes and villains on the international development scene. They are not governments, charities, NGOs, but businesses. Firstly, two caricatures - the big, evil business vs. the small, ethical enterprises. On the one hand, the Nestlés pushing breastmilk substitutes, the BPs oozing oil. On the other hand the newly applauded, smaller heroes
HRH The Duke of Cambridge has just finished his first week as a mature student at the University of Cambridge. As a fellow mature student, I can tell Wills what he can expect from uni life...
Climbing down the plane steps, Reunion has clearly pulled out all the stops. It's like one of those ridiculous Hollywood tropical islands, like Spooky Island from Scooby Doo, when you arrive to postcard palm trees, people flinging flower necklaces around your neck (this of course didn't actually happen) and with 'Pass the Duchee on the Left hand Side' playing as the soundtrack.
The most poignant reflection for me this month has been the celebration of some of the most successful women of 2013... Could we say then that perhaps 2013 has been The Year of The Woman?