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Hundreds of South West students join national protest

Hundreds of students from the West are heading to London today (4 November) to take part in a demonstration calling for free education.

The protesters are angry about the Government scrapping Maintenance Grants, its plans to raise tuition fees and slashing support for disabled students.

Around 10 thousand people attended a similar rally last year:

The student protests in 2014 Credit: ITV News

Under the plans, student grants, available to undergraduates from low income families, will be replaced by loans, in a shake-up of education funding. Critics say it could put the poorest students off attending university.

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Unemployment falls in the South West

There was good news on the jobs front today with unemployment in our region falling once again. New figures reveal the south west is one of the best places in the country to find work, second only to the South East.

But concern still surrounds the struggles facing young people - especially those without qualifications or training. Richard Payne reports.

Bristol students positive about job prospects

Students about to graduate in the South West say they're confident about their chances of getting a job. It comes after the South West had the biggest fall in unemployment in the country last month. New job figures are expected to be announced later today.

It's thought an increase in work based learning will give new graduates a better chance of getting employment.

William Richardson, a graphic design student, is excited for the challenges ahead:-

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Advice for new students

Thousands of students in the west are about to start the next phase of their academic careers. And as well as coping with a new life away from home, many are facing the challenge of managing a budget for the first time.

Experts are warning students to stay away from payday loans which many poorer students are tempted by. As David Wood reports, the advice is to make a budget and stick to it.

Experts warn students about payday loans

Thousands of students in the west are about to start the next phase of their academic careers. And as well as coping with a new life away from home, many are facing the challenge of managing a budget for the first time.

Experts are warning students to stay away from payday loans which many poorer students are tempted by. As David Wood reports, the advice is to make a budget and stick to it.

Fire service film warns students of cooking dangers

'Fatal Distraction' is designed to warn students of the dangers of leaving cooking unattended Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue Service

The fire service has released a film to highlight the dangers of leaving cooking unattended.

It's aimed at students and is called 'Fatal Distraction'.

In a recent survey, two-thirds of students said they or somebody they knew had experienced a fire or set off a smoke alarm.

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