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Chemical Intelligence? – Modafinil

An ethical dilemma: Two people take an exam. They are of near equal intelligence and good at their subject. One studies for six hours a day before their exam and gets a 2:1. The other student takes a pill for concentration and revises for 10 hours a day. They get a first. The question is: is it cheating? Does the person with a pill for concentration have an unfair advantage?

Student assaulted in Withington

A 20-year-old female student was attacked in Withington last week as she made her way home from a night out. Police are warning students to take extra care when walking home alone.

‘Ed Miliband in Conversation’ at University, hours before Labour victory

The Mancunion speaks to Ed Miliband ahead of his Labour Leadership victory as he gives a Q&A session at University Place.

Nutty Professors

Manchester Scientists win Nobel Prize

Two scientists at the University of Manchester have won the Nobel Prize for physics. The scientists were awarded the prize for their pioneering work on graphene, which they discovered in 2004.

Professor Andrew Geim’s and Professor Konstantin Novoselov’s Nobel Prize means there are currently four Novel Laureates at The University of Manchester. The pair were awarded the highest accolade in the scientific world for their pioneering work on graphene: the world’s thinnest material. Professor Novoselov, 36, is also the youngest Nobel Laureate since 1973.

Capturing the aftermath: Sean Sutton talks to The Mancunion

“I want my images to show them not as victims, but survivors.”

Student Direct: Mancunion runner up at Guardian Student Media awards

Student Direct: Mancunion, as The Mancunion was known last year, was awarded runner-up in the Guardian Student Media Awards. The River, a Kingston University publication, took first place.

Peaceful protesters charged by “heavy-handed” police on horseback

Police charged unarmed, peaceful protesters on horseback and used “heavy-handed” tactics to disrupt protests on Oxford Road last week.

Politics lecturer charged with assaulting police officer

A University of Manchester academic was charged with assaulting a police officer last week.
The arrest was made during the third national day of action against the planned cuts to higher education and the proposed rise in tuition fees.

Best of luck to Manchester occupation – Noam Chomsky

High-profile figures, including Noam Chomsky and Billy Bragg, have sent messages of support to the students occupying a University of Manchester building.

David Willetts MP Minister for Science and Universities at University of Birmingham where he made his first keynote speech.

Coalition help for poorer students ahead of Commons vote

The coalition government proposed to help pay the cost of tuition fees for some of the country’s poorest students ahead of the tuition fee vote last week.

How-they-voted

So how did they vote?

After much agonising we now know how each Liberal Democrat MP cast their deciding vote during last Thursday’s crucial debate. As expected, every Lib Dem at the centre of government, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Business Secretary Vince Cable voted for the rise.

Academics protest

Academic staff fills ranks to march on eve of Commons vote

Up to 500 students and activists marched in Manchester against the government’s proposed rise in tuition fees last Wednesday. The march took place on the eve of the House of Commons vote, which saw an increase in fees by a majority of 21 votes.