University starts from scratch in exile

Times Higher Education - Mon, 26/12/2016 - 01:00

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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Primary testing regime in chaos - heads

BBC - 15 hours 26 min ago
Head teachers say the testing regime for primary schools in England is in chaos and distracting to pupils.
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Nursery staffing 'catastrophe' warning

BBC - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 18:42
The requirement for new nursery staff in England to have good GCSE passes in English and maths will lead to "catastrophic" staff shortages and should be scrapped, campaigners say.
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Schoolchildren attacked by nationalist protesters in Moscow

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 16:41

Picketers accused of dousing students in ammonia and disinfectant as they arrived at an awards ceremony

Guests at an event organised by Russia’s leading human rights group, Memorial, have been attacked by nationalist activists, the organisation’s executive director has said.

Participants arriving at the award ceremony for young history students were pelted with green disinfectant and ammonia, said Yelena Zhemkova.

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Rowan Williams calls on Cambridge University to divest from fossil fuels

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 15:48

Former archbishop of Canterbury says the university should withdraw its £5.8bn fund from from oil, coal and gas on ethical and financial grounds

Rowan Williams has called on the University of Cambridge to divest from fossil fuels, arguing that climate change is “a life-and-death question”.

The former archbishop of Canterbury and master of Magdalene college made his comments in a foreword to a 74-page report on divestment by student campaign group Cambridge Zero Carbon Society.

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England degree debt 'higher than peers'

BBC - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 14:58
University graduates in England face higher debts on graduation than their peers in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the Sutton Trust says.
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Muslim school staff 'divided by gender'

BBC - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 14:30
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw warns gender segregation is still taking place among teachers in Muslim independent schools.
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Schoolchildren's strike puts Liverpool Biennial on the march

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 12:42

Artist Koki Tanaka aims to recreate 1985 demonstration in which 10,000 pupils skipped school to protest against YTS

A 1985 demonstration at which 10,000 schoolchildren skipped school to protest against the Conservative government’s controversial Youth Training Scheme (YTS), is to be revisited in a new mass-participation art project.

The project, by the Japanese artist Koki Tanaka, will be part of this year’s Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest contemporary art festival which is commissioning new work from 42 artists.

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Care children denied mental health help

BBC - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 12:34
Children in care have more mental health problems but too often miss out on treatment, say MPs.
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'Not diverse' nursery report withdrawn

BBC - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 11:46
A report claiming a Market Rasen nursery was failing to teach toddlers about cultural diversity has been withdrawn by Ofsted.
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How much student debt did you graduate with? Share your experiences

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 10:57

How much student debt did you graduate with? Was it worth it? And can you afford to pay it back? Share your experiences

Students in England leave university with more debt than anywhere else in the English-speaking world, according to a report by the Sutton Trust.

Students paying £9,000 fees owe an average of £44,000 when they finish their degrees. American students who study on four year programmes, rather than three, graduate with between £20,500, for those at public universities, and £29,000 for those at private universities. Students in Canada left with £15,000 of debt on average.

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Don't choose a master's before taking these four steps

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 10:26

Most of the time I’m glad I decided to do a master’s, but there are some things I wish I’d given more thought – here are my top tips

In the final term of university, with stress levels peaking, caffeine consumption reaching an all time high and family-members asking “what’s next?”, you also need to decide whether you want to embark on a master’s or not. And, despite the relative stress, many will apply to stay at uni after the summer in a range of postgraduate courses.

I made that decision when I graduated in 2015, opting for a year-long MA degree instead of joining the ranks of unemployed graduates. A lot of the time, I’m glad I did, but I’ll also admit there are parts I wish I’d given more thought. Here’s what you need to consider before applying.

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Pay more so teachers stay at disadvantaged schools, says thinktank

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 10:11

Pupils in deprived areas being held back by high numbers of young teachers relocating or quitting profession entirely, says report

Disadvantaged pupils are being held back by high levels of teacher turnover, and schools should offer mentoring and extra pay to keep staff, according to a new report looking at the causes of educational underachievement.

The report by the Social Market Foundation thinktank found that the most deprived schools in England struggled to retain experienced teachers, leading to worse outcomes for pupils who most needed the help.

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VIDEO: Who faces highest graduate debts?

BBC - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 08:01
A new report, Degree of Debt, looks at where in the English-speaking world students can rack up the highest amount of debt, and BBC News asks: "Is it worth it?"
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Story of cities #32: Jane Jacobs v Robert Moses, battle of New York's urban titans

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 07:30

When city planning supremo Robert Moses proposed a road through Greenwich Village in 1955, he met opposition from one particularly feisty local resident: Jane Jacobs. It was the start of a decades-long struggle for swaths of New York

In 1961, Bennett Cerf, one of the founders of the publishing firm Random House, sent a copy of a new book by Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of American Cities, to the legendary city planner Robert Moses. Moses’s reply was curt:

Dear Bennett,

I am returning the book you sent me. Aside from the fact that it is intemperate and inaccurate, it is also libelous. I call your attention, for example, to page 131. Sell this junk to someone else.

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Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 07:00

Universities came under attack for failing to predict the 2008 financial crisis, and students demanded change. Have economics departments risen to the challenge?

In the years following the global financial crisis, the academic study and teaching of economics has come in for a bashing. In fact, it has faced the kind of fundamental criticism rarely directed towards entire disciplines.

The apparent failure of economists to predict, let alone prevent, the 2008 crash has led to accusations that conventional economic teaching cannot adequately explain the complex dynamics and risks of modern economies.

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Warning on subject choice at 16

BBC - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 01:47
Too many university applicants realise too late they picked the wrong school subjects at 16, says the consumer group Which?
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Ofsted withdraws report accusing nursery of cultural diversity failings

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 00:46

Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Market Rasen had been downgraded over concerns children missed out on opportunities to learn about diversity

An Ofsted report that allegedly criticised a nursery for failing to teach children about cultural diversity has been withdrawn, the watchdog has said.

Town and Country Kiddies Nursery in Chestnut House, Market Rasen, had reportedly received feedback that it was not providing enough opportunities for its children to “learn about people who are different to themselves”.

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Many children in care denied mental health treatment, says report

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 28/04/2016 - 00:01

Vulnerable young people without permanent placement not receiving vital support, warns Commons committee

Children in care are being denied access to mental health services in some cases because they have not got a stable placement, according to a report.

One 16-year-old in foster care had to wait more than two and a half years to access Child and Mental Health Services (Camhs) because she was moved 13 times during that period.

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Schools plan could lead to 10,000 multi-academy trusts, MPs told

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 27/04/2016 - 20:25

Nicky Morgan blames ‘fear of the unknown’ for schools’ reluctance, and admits primary teachers have had a challenging year

A profusion of 10,000 multi-academy trusts running schools in England could result from the government’s plans to turn every state school into an academy, the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has conceded to MPs.

Appearing before parliament’s education committee, Morgan gave few clues on which parts of the government’s education white paper would become legislation, but appeared to be firm that all schools would become academies by 2022.

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