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Is university good value for money? 10,000 school-leavers look at options

A new poll suggests that four in ten students believe university doesn't offer good value for money. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new poll suggests that four in ten students believe university doesn't offer good value for money.

The results come as the University of Bedfordshire kicks off one of the biggest higher education events in the country.

More than 10,000 students are expected to attend the two-day UCAS convention. It gives young people the chance to explore their post-school options with the guidance of professionals from across the country to help them make decisions about their future.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft


University of Bedfordshire hosts UCAS convention

University of Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 10,000 students are expected to head to the University of Bedfordshire today for a further education convention, hosted at the Bedford campus.

The two day UCAS event is the largest of its kind in the region and will give sixth formers a chance to find about information about courses, entry requirements, finances and student life.

There will also be presentations on different study subjects going on throughout the convention.

"UCAS conventions are the only opportunity students have to explore a variety of post-18 options in one setting. They're a chance to get some face time with admissions staff and subject specialists, find out what life's like on and off campus, and discover what else is on offer when your exams are done and dusted - volunteer work, gap year adventures, and the big wide world of work."

– David Seaton, Head of Student Recruitment at the University

Distraction burglary victim, 96, dies

An elderly woman, who was the victim of a distraction burglary in Bedfordshire, has died.

The 96-year-old, who was locked inside her house by the burglars, passed away on Sunday - three days after the theft.

At about 9.20pm on Thursday, a man knocked on the door of a house in The Pyghtle, in Turvey, near Bedford, and told the owner he had damaged her fence.

While the woman went outside to speak to him, a second man entered her house.

When the woman went back into the house, the man left, locking the woman inside on his way out.

Both men are described as white and about 16 years old. One was thin and wearing a blue linen-style hat and a navy t-shirt. The second was wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball cap.


David Cameron highlights pledge to double free childcare during Bedford visit

David Cameron talking in Bedford today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative leader David Cameron has been campaigning in Bedford today.

On a visit to a furniture company in the marginal constituency, he highlighted the Conservative's pledge to double free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.

He accused Labour of creating a poverty state, and claimed the Tories are the real "party of work".

The Prime Minister was talking during a visit to a furniture company. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I'm not doing this job to be some high powered accountant, I don't just want the lines on the graph to go in the right direction.

I want the lives to go in the right direction. I believe passionately in reducing poverty and the best route out of poverty is this - work.

We've proved that."

– David Cameron

Robbers on bikes launch violent attack

The attack took place at The Embankment Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses following a violent robbery in Bedford.

The incident occurred on Saturday (18 April) at around 10.40pm when a man in his 30s was walking along the Embankment when he was approached from behind by two men on bicycles.

One of the men rode his bike into the back of the victim’s leg, causing him to fall to the floor. The victim was then punched and kicked by both men before they stole his wallet and made off on their bikes towards Cardington Road.

The man was taken to hospital with head injuries and bruising.

The men are both described as white, in their 20s and around six foot tall. They were both wearing dark clothing and had scarves covering their faces.

This was a fierce attack that left the victim shaken and shocked by the brutality of such an unprovoked incident. We urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to assist our investigation to come forward.”

– Detective Constable Darren Armitage

Bedford "one of the safest places to study in the country"

Bedford was named as the fifth safest place to study. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedford is one of the safest places to study in the country according to new research.

The website '' looked at how many crimes were recorded in student areas last year.

Bedford was named as the fifth safest town, with Egham in Surrey coming out on top. Norwich was also in the top ten.

Brighton was deemed to be the most dangerous.

The safest student towns:

  • 1.) Egham
  • 2.) High Wycombe
  • 3.) Bath
  • 4.) Falmouth
  • 5.) Bedford
  • 6.) Loughborough
  • 7.) Medway
  • 8.) Norwich
  • 9.) Durham
  • 10.) Hull
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