One in three students willing to use sex work to finance their studies
London South Bank University conducted a research project with The Independent, where vast majority of students, dealing with debts as a result of rising tuition fees and living costs, revealed they would be willing to exchange sex with a stranger for free education. 53% of participants said they are working a full or part-time job alongside their studies. At least 88% said they would be somewhat interested in having someone else paying for their education.
75% said they would have at least given up some of their time to a sugar daddy figure. Responding to The Independent’s poll one third of the students said they would have had sex with someone they were attracted to in exchange for a free education.
Increasing number of university dropouts due to mental health problems
Higher Education Statistics Agency’s data revealed that 1,180 students who experienced mental health problems left university early in 2014-15, with increase of 210% from 380 in 2009-10. “There was a crisis on campus with respect to students’ mental health. Counseling provision should be a priority so that all students can access effective support for problems like anxiety, but we know that these services are too often underfunded.” said Norman Lamb, a former health minister. Data obtained by the Guardian from universities through freedom of information requests showed the numbers requesting counseling had risen by a third in the last three years. At some of the 90 UK universities that responded, demand in 2016-17 was already outstripping that of previous years, despite it being an incomplete academic year.
Digital possibilities should be embraced by higher education
About half the world’s population owns a smartphone, and by 2020, 80 per cent will have it. The digital economy is enabled by mobile technology, and it has a huge impact across many sectors. The World Economic Forum has shown that it is right time for digital leadership. This digital agenda can have a great influence on global policy and practice. A variety of higher education-based applications of digital leadership exist, and the higher education sector cannot escape the spread of digital leadership. Events such as Jisc Digifest show the relevance of this field. Some opportunities include visual analytics and visual data dissemination, infographics, and #GlobalThinking, which should enhance creative digital research dissemination approaches on how university research can use digital influence in order to influence global stage.
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