Universities "should take pupil"s race into account" to help poorer students gain places


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University applications plummet for second year running as 40,000 fewer pupils apply since introduction of 9,000 a year fees /12/02/article-0-0AF13319000005DC-856_634x435.jpg” width=”634″ height=”435″ alt=”On the decline: The number of applicants from England has fallen 14.2 per cent in two years following the imposition of higher charges” class=”blkBorder” /> On the decline: The number of applicants from England has fallen 14.2 per cent in two years following the imposition of higher charges The fees hike led to a sharp drop in applications last year but universities hoped numbers would soon rally. The latest figures, which show a further 6.5 per cent decline between 2012 and 2013, triggered renewed claims that fees are dampening demand for higher education.

Plastic fivers? That will really devalue the pound


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Plastic fivers That will really devalue the pound | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 17 December 2012 Should you believe that Britain is in terminal decline, an announcement by the Bank of England seems to offer incontrovertible proof. I jest, but only slightly. For a tender has been put out for the printing of banknotes, and by 2015, it seems, they may be plastic

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents


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Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparentsPeter Hitchens says that the Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011 but a prophetic document telling us where we are goingChristianity is on the decline while Islam is on the up and fewer of us are married for the first time ever | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 15 December 2012 Unrecognisable: Peter Hitchens argues that a real and irreversible transformation has only just begun The future will be another country. They will do things differently there. The Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011, it is a prophetic document telling us where we are going, whether we like it or not

Census 2011 religion data reveal there are 4m fewer Christians and 1 in 4 is now an atheist

Now fewer than six in 10 say they are Christians as religion goes into decline Proportion of Christians in England and Wales down to 59.3 per cent Quarter of people say they do not follow any religion following rise of aggressive atheismNumber of Muslims up to 2.7million, 4.8 per cent of the population | UPDATED: 09:26 GMT, 12 December 2012 Christianity has declined sharply over the past decade, according to the census returns. Numbers who choose to call themselves Christians fell by more than four million. The collapse in belief in the religion which has been central to the history of the country for 1,500 years means that fewer than six out of ten, or 59 per cent, now describe themselves as Christian

Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer"s – even if you have lots of friends


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Feeling lonely could double the risk of Alzheimer's – even if you have lots of friends Dutch researchers found a significant link between feelings of loneliness – rather than having no friends – and the chances of suffering from Alzheimer'sAdds to mounting evidence that feeling lonely is a unique health risk factor | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 11 December 2012 Older people who feel alone are much more at risk of the degenerative brain disease (posed by model) Lonely people are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s in later life, say researchers. Their study revealed a significant link between feelings of solitariness – rather than having no friends – and the risk of having the degenerative brain disease.

Young people are calling time on binge-drinking culture


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Young Britons turn their backs on binge drinking and drug taking culture of their parents' generation, figures show Government figures show students are drinking lessAcademics point to cultural shift, increasing financial constraints and tougher action to explain decline | UPDATED: 18:30 GMT, 9 December 2012 Young Britons are calling time on the binge-drinking culture of their parents' generation. Government figures show a continued fall in alcohol intake among young people, especially students, over the past decade.