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Students take to the streets in London, calling for the resignation of the education secretary over the government’s handling of exam results. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Students take to the streets in London, calling for the resignation of the education secretary over the government’s handling of exam results. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

 

Hello and welcome to the first Student Hub email digest of the new academic year. We hope you had a safe and enjoyable summer and are looking forward to the new term once it gets under way. This week we look at the likelihood of masks becoming obligatory for restaurant workers, we look at falling death rates, Katie Perry and Donald Clarke’s latest Movie Quiz .

Restaurant, bar and cafe staff obliged to wear masks under new regulations being considered: Workers in premises that serve drink and food will be obliged to wear masks under new regulations being considered by the Government. Read more here.

Are we entering a new era of global revolution? Horizons of citizens in mass demonstrations raising placards demanding rights, justice and equality now form an essential part of the social and political fabric of the modern era. Read more here.

Covid-19: Why are deaths and hospitalisations falling so dramatically? The recent rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Ireland has alarmed a public weary after almost six months of restrictions. Read more here.

Katy Perry: Smile review – Subpar lyrics with otherwise perfect melodies: The campaign for Katy Perry’s sixth album had staggered beginnings. Released last May, lead single and opening album track Never Really Over showed promise for a successful pop reboot following the “purposeful pop” misfire of 2017’s Witness. Read more here.

TV comfort culture: Feeding viewers period dramas since the 1960s: Cult enthusiasms don’t come any more niche than that for the UK Independent’s television listings of All Creatures Great and Small during the late 1980s. Read more here.

The Movie Quiz: Which film has the longest complete title? Plus: David Fincher films, Disney directors, starring roles in Tenet. Read more here.

College during Covid: Why students have every right to be angry: When universities shut in March, my learning was pretty much halted, writes Student Hub contributor Martha Brennan. Read more here.

‘Everybody I knew who had lived in Ireland always told me it was a great experience’: When Carolina Chimirri moved to Dublin in 2019 she had never worked as a cleaner before. The Brazilian lawyer knew it was highly unlikely she would find employment in Ireland in the legal field and focused on finding any available work to pay her expenses while taking English classes. Read more here.