24 July 2013

Rich students get best places, Amazon ditch Free Delivery, Opt-in Porn, Graduation time…

Russell Group Unis Enter Clearing For 1st Time

RusellGroupThis August will mark the first time that the ‘elite’ Russell Group of Universities uses clearing to fill spare places on their courses.

A change in admission rules in 2012 meant that some institutions had unfilled places. To avoid the same fate this year, Sheffield and others are opening their courses to clearing.

Our Take: It might be being put down to a change in admission rules, but can you imagine Russell Group universities opening up to clearing before the increase in fees? We can’t, and clearly, even the top universities are struggling to attract potential students when there’s such monumental costs attached.

Best University Places Go To Richest Pupils

richstudentsStatistics published by the Department for Education have revealed that pupils on free school meals account for just 0.1% of Oxbridge students.

The same survey also revealed that black (79%) and Asian (80%) students are more likely to go onto higher education than white students (just 67%).

Our Take: It’s strikingly obvious the gap between the poorest students and those who can afford the luxury of a private education. With just 4% of students on free school meals going onto Russell Group universities it’ll be interesting to see if this figure rises in conjunction with the news above about clearing.

Students Across the Country Graduate!

students-throwing-hats-graduationCongratulations, you’ve graduated! Institutions across the country have all had ceremonies this week.

Parents have cried, scrolls were given out, hats thrown and Vice Chancellor’s gave boring speeches that made you glad that it was the first and only time you ever saw them.

Our Take: So what now? You may have everything sorted and have your career planned down to a tee, and if you do well done. But if you haven’t and are feeling a little lost, then stick around because we’ll have a little surprise for you next week.

Amazon ditch free delivery

amazonThis week Amazon have announced that they will no longer be offering free super saver delivery on items under £10 meaning postage could be an extra £3+.

Yesterday we announced a few ways to get around the delivery charge here. However, we could soon see Amazon put a stop to these too.

Our Take: As a result of this a few of the deals that we used to post on the site from Amazon will no longer be good value due to the delivery charge. We think Amazon are doing this not only to stop bargain hunters picking up small priced goods but also to increase users of Amazon prime.

Machin’s State: On Opt In Pornography

opt in pornThere’s only one big story this week, (Royal Baby what?) David Cameron’s crusade to put automatic filters on all porn on the internet. To say the least, researching this column was interesting, and more than a little distracting.

I understand the idea behind this, children shouldn’t be exposed to porn, violent or otherwise. But is it really the governments place to stop this? Is this the most important issue the country is facing at the moment? Keeping children safe online is the job of the parents, why not cut down on their computer time?

Can adults really not be trusted to watch porn on their own? And how exactly will these be enforced? Will it be forced on ISPs, like the ban on Pirate Bay (another internet issue I’m still not happy with, well done Plusnet)? And what happens, when, inevitably, a teenage boy does see porn online? Who’s responsible then?

This is to say nothing on the hypocrisy of the Daily Mail, which every man and his dog have already covered, but if you’ve still not seen it, just do a search on the cesspit they call a website for “All grown up”.

And that’s the State of the Machin

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