Stephen Sutton honoured by Conventry
Teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton is to be awarded an honorary degree by Coventry University. The 19-year-old student, who died from cancer in May, raised over £5m for Teenage Cancer Trust. The award recognises his outstanding contribution to highlighting cancer in young people. Stephen’s mother Jane collected an MBE on his behalf this week.
Harvard secretly photograph students
Harvard University is facing backlash after secretly photographing students in lectures. The footage was taken as part of an experiment to measure attendance. Researchers did not inform staff and students, claiming this would have caused biased. Harvard professor Harry Lake claimed it should not have been done without the consent of students.
Topshop mannequins criticised
A Hull University student has sparked a Twitter campaign calling for Topshop to use a more diverse range of mannequins. Becky Hopper posted a photo, which has been re-tweeted over 10,000 times, comparing the legs of her size ten friend to those of a supposedly size ten Topshop mannequin. The photo was accompanied by the hashtags of#poorbodyimage and #irresponsible.
Aberdeen to buy castle for homeless
Students at Aberdeen University have launched a campaign to buy a £6m mansion to house asylum seekers. They argue that the 38-bedroom Scottish castle should not ‘become another playground for the mega rich’ and they want to see the building go to good use. The group hopes to raise the money on a crowdfunding site by Christmas.