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Middlesex University

A man who stabbed another man to death at a university campus in London has been detained for life.

Kevin Mao, 20, from Tottenham, was found guilty of killing Noor Hassan Barre at Middlesex University campus in Hendon on 31st October 2014.

Mr Mao was sentenced to serve a minimum of 26 years at a young offenders’ institute for the murder.

Both men had been attending an event hosted by Middlesex University’s African Caribbean Society when an argument broke out between the two, and Mr Hassan Barre suffered a stab wound to the chest.

Sodiq Adebayo, 22, from Ilford, was also charged with the murder but was found not guilty at the Old Bailey on 21st April.

University of Surrey

Almost 1,500 people have signed a petition supporting students whose university’s politics department is under threat of closure.

Students at the university say 100 planned job cuts will “effectively close the department, which will lose nine out of its 14 staff members”.

Student spokeswoman Vanda Green, said lecturers were told the politics department would be restructured: “Students were emailed and told the restructuring wouldn’t necessarily have a big impact.

“As a student you want to go somewhere there is research-led teaching, especially in politics as a social science.”

The university said it had undertaken an operational review to ensure it remained a leading UK institution with a financially sustainable future.

Queen’s University, Belfast

A conference due to be held at Queen’s University in Belfast in June to discuss the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo murders has been cancelled.

In an email to delegates, the University’s vice chancellor Patrick Johnston said he had made the decision on Monday that the event would not proceed.

He cited concerns about the security risk for delegates and about the reputation of the University:

“As part of managing the health and safety of the institution, it is a requirement for all major events to have a full risk assessment completed prior to them going ahead on the campus.

“Unfortunately the proposed symposium organised by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities did not have a completed risk assessment and, as a result, the institute has cancelled the event.”

Durham University

Parts of the River Wear in Durham will be enclosed with fencing following the deaths of three university students in 18 months, a safety review has recommended.

Over the past five years, 51 incidents and five fatalities have been recorded in Durham.

Sope Peters drowned in 2013, Luke Pearce died in 2014 and Euan Coulthard in January. All had been drinking.

Since the deaths, some Durham University students have taken up roles as volunteer wardens, and measures including the provision of late-night taxis have been introduced.

The report stated enclosing parts of the river could also mean people could not enjoy the area to its “full potential”, and the spaces could become a “significant hot spot” for anti-social behaviour.

Chair of Durham City Safety Group, Terry Collins, said they would do “everything they can” to ensure the city was safe when they draw up an action plan.

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