What’s in a name? Does it really matter whether your child goes to Harvard, stays in Switzerland, or takes an online course at an unheard-of university? You can probably guess the answer. The top universities in the United States, like Harvard, Stanford and Yale, and the United Kingdom, such as Oxford and Cambridge, are ranked among the best in the world and for good reason. They offer first-class curriculums and the professors often are world leaders in their field, sometimes even writing the programme’s required textbooks, not to mention the well-funded facilities designed to aid learning. “The top universities in the US and the UK are the best in the world,” says Rowan Anders, Director of Crimson Education in Switzerland, who has himself attended an Ivy League university. “From access to cutting-edge research, internship programmes and full-time job opportunities, they offer very powerful advantages.” Founded in 2013, Crimson Education is a … [Read more...] about What’s the real impact of attending a top university?
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London has been ranked as the best university city in the world, according to global rankings released today by the Times Higher Education (THE). The British capital, which boasts six top 200 universities, was ranked equal first with Boston-Cambridge, home to prestigious institutions like Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). London and Boston were followed by Paris and Hong Kong in second spot, then Berlin and Los Angeles ranked equal third. Stockholm, Shanghai, New York and Sydney were all included in the top five spots. London, however, had the greatest number of Top 500 institutions with 15, compared with 10 in Paris and eight in Boston-Cambridge. “London is definitely retaining its status as the global power player for quality higher education,” said Seeta Bhardwa, student editor at the THE. “It’s become something of a standalone destination for higher education, with students here benefitting from the resources of multiple … [Read more...] about London ranked best university city of 2018
Night owls are putting their health put at risk by inflexible working hours according to a new study which found they have a greater risk of dying sooner when compared to early risers. Researchers said more employers should offer staff the opportunity to have a lie-in a stay and at work later to minimise “psychological stress” that can affect eating and exercise habits. Mortality rates in "owls",who prefer late nights, are around ten per cent higher than "morning larks", according to the team from the University of Surrey and Northwestern University, Chicago. Read more This is what happens to your brain when you don’t get enough sleep Sleep deprived workers cost UK £40 billion a year, study finds Lack of sleep ‘could lead to diabetes’ This lack of sleep from late nights and early starts at work has previously been shown to increase risk of heart disease and other conditions. And the new study found mental health disorders and diabetes were … [Read more...] about Employers should let workers have lie-ins to stop them dying early, research finds
Researchers pack the shaft at Augusta Raurica with snow. File photo: Peter-Andrew Schwarz Archaeologists near the Swiss city of Basel are trying to definitively establish if mysterious shafts discovered at Switzerland’s extensive Augusta Raurica site in 2013 could have been ancient refrigerators. The Romans used shafts like the four-metre deep examples at Augusta Raurica – some 20 kilometres from Basel – as cool stores during summer. The shafts were filled with snow and ice during winter and then covered with straw to keep the space cool well into the summer months. This then allowed for everything from cheese to wine – and even oysters – to be preserved during warm weather. Now a team lead by Peter-Andrew Schwarz from the University of Basel is attempting, for the third time, to demonstrate that the Augusta Raurica shafts were indeed used as fridges, Swiss news agency SDA/ATS reports. A first attempt to recreate the ancient cool box failed after … [Read more...] about Swiss researchers try to get ancient Roman fridge working (again)
An Ellesmere Port sixth former has Oxford in her reach. Zoe Butler, current head girl at the University Church of England Academy (UCEA), has beaten off stiff competition to be offered a place to study English at the world class university. The offer comes with the added bonus of a fully funded foundation year. Staff and students at the Whitby Road academy say they are ‘extremely proud’ of the achievements of the Year 13 student. The University of Oxford paid for Zoe to travel down and stay overnight at Lady Margaret Hall, which is the college Zoe will be learning at and living in. Zoe was required to prepare a piece of poetry analysis to discuss during the rigorous interview and was one of only two candidates chosen, from over 300 applicants, to receive the fully funded tutoring. Already described as ‘a positive role model’ within the school through her commitment to the role of head girl, Zoe is now said by the academy to be ‘a shining example of what … [Read more...] about Student earns offer of a place at world class university