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Student euphoria clouds financial judgement

In just a few weeks nearly 500,000 students will embark on their university careers which, for most, will be an enriching growth experience – academically and emotionally. But, with the inevitable prospect of mounting graduate debts, Bacs is encouraging students not to let the excitement of new found freedom cloud their financial judgement, a mistake which can plunge them further into the red.

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Listen to the greatest 20th century British and American poets read their own work

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 7 October, the British Library releases two new additions to its popular series of literary spoken word CDs, featuring many previously unpublished recordings of great British and American poets of the 20th century reading their own poems and often with their own spoken introductions. From T S Eliot’s sombre, measured reading from ‘The Waste Land’ to William Carlos Williams’ confident, humorous reading of ‘This is Just to Say’ and the gravelly purr of Walter de la Mare introducing and reading ‘Thomas Hardy’, these CDs comprise a wealth of rare historic recordings.

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Students opt for quality of life over nightlife when choosing University

As students start making their way back for the start of the new term, a new survey published today reveals that the majority of students base their decision on which university to attend by the quality of the academic course rather than the overall reputation of the university or, as is often assumed, the town’s nightlife.

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Ireland – A close to home alternative

With another summer drawing to a close its time to start thinking about next year’s vacations and travels. With that very much in mind, Robert Gant takes us through the top ten destinations in Ireland.

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Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices: 12 November 2010 – 3 April 2011

Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices (12 November 2010 – 3 April 2011) is the first ever exhibition exploring the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap. Driven by developments in religion, politics, technology, economics and culture, English today is spoken by a third of the world’s population.

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Young Academic Guide to Your Gap Year 2010/11

So, it’s another academic year and that means that thousands of students nationwide are considering their gap year. With a big wide world out there and hundreds of countries to consider, all offering different things, it can be a bit of a minefield. Take some time to read the ‘Young Academic guide to your Gap Year’ for 2010/11.