Campus Watch

University of Stanford, California: George Osborne takes his 7th job as a visiting fellow

George Osborne has taken on a seventh professional role, and his third at a university, it has been announced.

Osborne, the editor of the London Evening Standard, among many other jobs, has been named a visiting fellow at Stanford University in California, the university said in a statement on Wednesday.

In addition to his newest role, Manchester University announced in June that Osborne had been made honorary professor of economics, an unpaid role in which he will deliver a handful of lectures each year.

Jonathan Levin, a dean at the university, defended the appointment. Osborne “brings deep policy and global experience to the GBS, and we look forward to the lively exchanges he will conduct in meetings and in the classroom throughout the coming academic year”

University of Lancaster: Manchester United’s ‘Class of ‘92’ to open a university

 The new institution aims to teach students “how to understand finance, cope under pressure and maintain a healthy body and mind”.

 University Academy 92, or UA92, the brainchild of former United right-back turned property developer, Gary Neville, and former teammates Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville, will open in Trafford in September 2019.

 Unveiling the project, Neville, said in a statement: “ Our aim is that UA92 graduates would leave with an academic qualification, of course, but also with a range of other skills such as how to deal with pressure, understand finance, leadership and presentational skills.

 It is hoped that the new university, which is to be run in collaboration with the University of Lancaster, will attract 6,500 students every year by 2028.

University of Cardiff: Students in Wales turn to payday loans to pay for luxury accommodation

 Many students at Cardiff and Swansea university are paying £177.50 a week for studio flats due to the poor quality of private rented properties in the area.

 A spokesman for NUS Cymru said many students could not afford decent accommodation and were being forced to live in properties with damp, and even rats, while studying.

 “Not insubstantial amounts of students are taking out credit cards and payday loans and getting into financial trouble over all sorts of things including accommodation,” he said.

 Both universities have seen substantial increases in student admissions, but the amount of student accommodation being built hasn’t kept pace with the number of new arrivals.

Ian White