Universities resort to cold calling ex-students to raise funds

The Independent - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 23:15

Universities targeted more than nine million of their former students with cold calls and spam emails over the past year as they increasingly adopt US-style tactics to raise funds.








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Government accused of endangering school children with changes to insurance scheme

Telegraph - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 19:15
Department for Education comes under fire amid claims new insurance scheme will reduce incentive to make school bulidings safe






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Lessons from America: why colleges must collaborate rather than compete

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 10:00
'Collaboration is the key to world class education, not competition.' Deputy principal Nick Isles reflects on what UK further education can learn from the US
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My message for new teachers: school isn't just about teaching

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 08:00
Dave Tucker started his career as a pig farmer and ended it as an assistant headteacher. He tells Rebecca Ratcliffe why new teachers should get out and about, and get to know their pupils Continue reading...






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Pupil behaviour better at academies and free schools

Telegraph - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 07:15
Academies and free schools score better for discipline than local authority schools






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Mathematical and statistical needs of undergraduate students

Higher Education Academy - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 02:00

A series of reports produced by the Higher Education Academy STEM project: Skills in Mathematics and Statistics in the disciplines and tackling transition are published today.

The five discipline-specific reports accompany an overarching report, Mathematical transitions, and present findings of a major project funded and run by the HEA which looked at the mathematical and statistical needs of undergraduate students in disciplines including Business and Management, Chemistry, Economics, Geography, and Sociology. Broadly speaking these are disciplines where there is a clear need for Mathematics and Statistics, but where an A-level in Mathematics is not usually a pre-requisite for acceptance at university.

The main findings of the project suggest that many undergraduate students are surprised at the amount of mathematical content in their degree programmes and some struggle to cope with this content. For some time, there has been concern in the HE sector about the mathematical and statistical skills of students entering undergraduate degree courses in these disciplines. In particular there are many questions regarding the extent to which students’ skills match the actual requirements of university degree courses.

The reports consider the mathematical demands of the subjects, what the HE departments are doing to meet the students’ needs, staff and student expectations and the signalling HE provides about the need for mathematical and statistical skills. Throughout a particular emphasis is placed on the transition into university study.

Dr Mary McAlinden, Discipline Lead for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research at the HEA says: “Mathematical and statistical skills are embedded within the university curricula of many subjects both in STEM and more widely. They are fundamental tools which students need to acquire in order to be able to understand and appreciate academic literature and research findings within their subject domains. There is, therefore, a clear need for a greater understanding between the HE and pre-university sectors about the need for students to be able to apply their mathematical and statistical skills within their subject domains.”

The reports are available to download from the HEA website here.

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Strategic enhancement programmes – call for participation

Higher Education Academy - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 02:00

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) invites expressions of interest from HEA subscribing higher education providers from across the UK to participate in three strategic enhancement programmes commencing in October 2014.

The three programmes – Embedding employability into the curriculum, Internationalising the curriculum, and Engaged student learning – form key elements of the HEA’s four enhancement workstreams for 2014-15. A call for participation in two further strategic enhancement programmes relating to flexible learning, and retention and attainment, will be issued in October 2014.

Participating institutions will receive HEA-facilitated support for enhancement initiatives that they are taking forward during 2014-15 that align to the programme. Support will take the form of a series of network meetings tailored for each of the three programmes, plus bespoke support for each participating institution. Specific projects designed to strengthen the evidence base in the areas covered by the programmes will be commissioned by the HEA.

The deadline for submission of applications is: noon on Monday 15 September 2014.

More information about the programme and how to apply is available on the HEA website.

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Learner attitudes to Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Higher Education Academy - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 02:00

A report presenting the findings of a study commissioned by the HEA and conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS)/NUS Services has found that on the whole students are positive about the use of OERs.

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College for dyslexic pupils uses flashcard system to teach literacy

The Independent - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 00:00

The traditional scene played out every year on GCSE results day is of girls leaping into the air clutching a brace of certificates revealing untold A* passes. Invariably the school featured has produced a record pass rate. There are schools, though, whose lesser achievements arguably merit more celebration. Take Maple Hayes Hall in Lichfield, Staffordshire.








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College for dyslexic pupils uses unique flashcard system to teach literacy

The Independent - Sun, 27/07/2014 - 00:00

The traditional scene played out every year on GCSE results day is of girls leaping into the air clutching a brace of certificates revealing untold A* passes. Invariably the school featured has produced a record pass rate. There are schools, though, whose lesser achievements arguably merit more celebration. Take Maple Hayes Hall in Lichfield, Staffordshire.








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Secret student: six things I'd never dare tell my teacher

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 07:00
'I would prefer to get my work marked by a teacher than Joseph Smith who has been picking his nose for the last half an hour'
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Playgrounds squeezed in places crush

BBC - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 18:11
Many schools are building new classrooms on outside space to accommodate a growing number of pupils.
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Primary schools build over playgrounds to accommodate rising pupil numbers

Telegraph - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:16
One in three primary schools increasing the number of places for pupils are reducing outdoor space as they expand classrooms






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Birmingham Students Housing Co-op on a solution to exploitative landlords

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:09
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15 ways to make your mark as a volunteer

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 12:34

Volunteers, recruiters and NGOs give advice on turning a placement or internship into a development career

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How to make a quick and easy salad dressing

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 12:29
In the first of a three-part masterclass on the art of making salads, we introduce you to the building blocks of dressings. Arm yourself with some lemon and olive oil and have a go at these recipes to get you started... Continue reading...






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Dumbledore named best fictional teacher

Telegraph - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 11:09
Three teachers from the Harry Potter books have been named among the top 10 favourite fictional teachers, according to school staff






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Work experience: 'There was a cleaning rota for the unpaid interns'

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:35
Some sectors are worse than others when it comes to unpaid internships. Unpaid interns share their stories

Pressure mounts on employers to pay young workers
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Internships: pressure mounts on employers to pay young workers

The Guardian Unlimited - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:35
New research finds that a quarter of employers still don't pay their interns we can't ignore the illegal practice, say campaigners
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Parents 'losing faith' in the education system

Telegraph - Fri, 25/07/2014 - 10:14
Two thirds of parents have "lost faith" in the education system, according to figures published today, whilst 62 per cent are unaware of impending changes to the curriculum






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