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Apparently, there is more to university than interest-free overdrafts, optional workloads, endless holidays, elastic deadlines, cheap travel, discount drinks and casual sex…


Rob Ainsley

Rob Ainsley enrolled in the University of Life at the start of the 1960 academic year. He is currently heading for a third. He read maths at Oxford and his tutors had to admit they were surprised when he passed his finals in 1982. Most of them thought he’d been studying something else. With his gift for storytelling and invention, Ainsley became a journalist, and later he read music at Goldsmith’s College, London.

Emma Smith

Emma Smith began her writing career at the early age of 15 and ¾ when she appointed herself co-editor of the acclaimed Latimer & Smith. The publication was tragically short-lived. While recovering from this early setback, she managed to graduate from the University of Cambridge in 2012 clutching a wholly unexpected degree in English.

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It is beneath dreaming spires and amidst red brick university towns that you will encounter the best and brightest bluffers. So get ready for tough competition…

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