University starts from scratch in exile

Times Higher Education - Mon, 26/12/2016 - 00:00

One of Ukraine’s most highly regarded institutions has decamped to a new home 100km away to escape fighting in the war-torn region close to Russian border

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A-level choice 'more important with AS-levels changes'

BBC - 6 hours 23 min ago
A shake-up of the exams system makes it important to carefully consider A-level choices, universities say.
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Most students' predicted A-levels 'wrong'

BBC - 6 hours 23 min ago
Only 16% of university applicants achieve the grades their teachers predict, research suggests.
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Gendered toys could deter girls from career in engineering, report says

The Guardian Unlimited - 7 hours 32 min ago

Insitution for Engineering and Technology found toys with a technology focus were three times as likely to be targeted at boys

One of the world’s largest engineering institutions is warning against gender stereotyping of toys in the run-up to Christmas amid concern it could be discouraging girls from pursuing a career in engineering and technology.

Research by the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) found that toys with a science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) focus were three times as likely to be targeted at boys than girls. And despite high-profile recent campaigns that have had some success, toys for girls are still overwhelmingly pink.

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Calls for 'complete overhaul' of UK university application process

The Guardian Unlimited - 7 hours 32 min ago

University and College Union wants to move away from applications based on predicted grades after study finds just 16% are correctly forecast

University workers are demanding an overhaul of the UK higher education application system after a report revealed that five out of every six predicted results for A-levels turns out to be wrong.

Research commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU), which analysed the results of 1.3 million students over a three-year period, found that the majority of students applying to university are predicted better results than they ultimately achieve.

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Britain must face up to its sex abuse problem | Letters

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 19:36

The scale of abuse against children – in schools, in their own homes and now in football clubs – has become so apparent that sooner or later we are going to have to take our heads out of the sand and acknowledge that it is endemic in our society. Now is not the time to waver over whether sex and relationships education should be part of the curriculum in schools (MPs join calls for Greening to improve sex education, 1 December). Children need to learn what is appropriate and acceptable behaviour and what to do if they are victims of abuse in any form. They need the language and the confidence to be able to stand up for themselves. The current scandal alongside the growing exposure to violent and explicit images online is evidence that respect for other human beings cannot be taken for granted, and so children need effective education in this area. Why is Justine Greening dragging her feet?
Fiona Carnie
Parent Councils UK

• The biggest denial about sexual abuse is the gender of abusers. 99% are men. Why? And why are more than 90% of prisoners, dictators, terrorists and murderers male? Most men are not killers and abusers, but most killers and abusers are male. What is wrong with these men? “Simple education” is not enough. The answers lie deep in history and psychology, but to date no one has had the courage to challenge and explain the mindset that causes so many men, women and children to need protection from other human beings. Now that it is men from football who are coming forward alleging sexual abuse, it can no longer be seen as a problem for girls and women only, and perhaps men may now begin to ask these questions and want answers themselves.
Sue Pearson
Totnes, Devon

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David Slater obituary

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 19:22

Our friend and colleague David Slater, who has died aged 70, was one of the world’s leading analysts of Latin American development. From 1995 until 2011, he was professor of political geography at Loughborough University, and he had previously taught and researched at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1972-75) and at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation, University of Amsterdam (1975-95).

He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, to Dorothy Richardson, a piano teacher, and Albert Slater, a civil servant, and educated at Blackpool grammar school. David studied geography at the University of Durham and then gained a PhD at the London School of Economics.

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School library book returned more than 120 years late – with no fine

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 19:03

Title given back to school in Hereford by granddaughter of ex-pupil Arthur Boycott, who became a distinguished pathologist

A school library book that was borrowed in the 1890s has been returned after more than 120 years – with no fine to pay.

The copy of The Microscope and its Revelations was borrowed from the library at Hereford Cathedral school (HCS) by a pupil, Arthur Boycott, who had a childhood passion for natural history, in particular conchology – the study and collection of mollusc shells.

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HEA announces National Teaching Fellowship Scheme Awards and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence finalists

Higher Education Academy - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 17:01
Wednesday, 7 December, 2016

Fifty-five new National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) are revealed by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) today, alongside the finalists for a new team award for teaching in higher education, the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

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Flu outbreak closes Stockport high school for five days

BBC - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 16:21
A flu outbreak closes a school for five days after almost a third of pupils and members of staff were struck by the virus.
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Pleasure or pressure?

BBC - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 14:03
A new gift-giving tradition has crept into UK homes, but what do you put in a Christmas Eve box?
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University Awards 2017: enter now

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:59

The Guardian University Awards turn five in 2017 – and each year we’ve seen the number of entries grow as universities recognise the impact a Guardian award has on their reputation in the sector, and on student recruitment.

Winning a Guardian award highlights a university’s achievements to the website’s 8 million daily readers around the world. Of those readers, one in five describes themselves as a student - exactly the people who need to know which universities are doing an especially great job.

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University Awards 2017: how to enter

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:58

Everything you need to know about entering the awards and how each submission will be assessed

We invite entries from UK universities and university professionals across 14 categories, which are shortlisted and evaluated by an expert panel. We also invite nominations for the sector’s Inspiring Leader, voted for by readers of the Guardian Higher Education Network. An ideas bank of all winning and shortlisted entries will be published on the Guardian website after the ceremony.

Judges will assess each entry for:
• Innovation – what makes it new, unique and inspiring?

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University Awards 2017: terms and conditions

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:54

Read the T&Cs here before sending in your entry

The Awards

1.The Guardian University Awards (the “Awards”) recognise excellence in the UK’s best universities and is open to all recognised higher education institutes and university professionals in the UK. The Awards are not open to employees or agencies of Guardian News and Media Limited (“GNM”), GNM group companies or their family members, or anyone else connected with the creation or administration of the Awards. All entrants must have a registered office in the UK or have a place of business in the UK.

2. Entrants to the Awards shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions. For more information about the awards, please see here including the Awards FAQ page.

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'It's given us kudos': what it's like to win a Guardian University Award

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:54

From an access programme for ex-offenders to a scheme to fight rabies in Tanzania, 2016’s winners will be a tough act to follow

Winning a Guardian University Award can be a game–changing accolade. We caught up with a few 2016 winners to find out how their achievement made a difference.

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University Awards 2017: thanks for entering

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:53

Thank you for completing your application for the Guardian University Awards

Thank you for completing your application for the Guardian University Awards.

We will be in touch in March 2017 if you have been shortlisted.

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University Awards 2017: the categories

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:52

There are 14 categories to choose from, which gives a chance for each university department to showcase its achievement

Here are the 14 categories for the 2017 awards – lots of choice for every university to find an area in which it excels. Universities may enter as many categories as they wish.

Entries will be judged by a representative panel from across the UK higher education sector, winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London, March 2017, and shortlisted entries will be profiled across the Guardian.

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University Awards 2017: the judges

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:52

Our expert judges ensure that the Guardian awards go to the very best entries submitted by UK universities


Judging the 2017 awards will be specialists from within the Guardian and across the higher education sector in the UK. Guardian journalists on the panel will include Richard Adams, Sally Weale, Judy Friedberg, David Batty and Rebecca Ratcliffe.

Our expert judges from the higher education sector will include:

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University Awards 2017: FAQs

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 07/12/2016 - 11:52

Find out all you need to know about entering and how the judging process is run

Who can enter?
Any representative of higher education institutions (those with degree awarding powers) in the United Kingdom.

How much does it cost to enter?
It costs £249 for one entry and £150 for every entry after that. If you enter before 31 December you can save £50 on your first entry, early bird rates are: £199 for one entry.

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