New Oxford University vice-chancellor says US 'over-reacted' to 9/11

Telegraph - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 13:11
Prof Louise Richardson says Britons are far more resilient because they are used to terrorist attacks in wake of The Troubles







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75% of US scientists and engineers are white. We need diversity to lead on Stem

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 12:15

As demand grows for workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math, minorities are the untapped resource we must nurture

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‘GP recruitment is what keeps me awake at night’

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 12:00
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We need a sexual revolution in economics

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 11:14

The lack of female academic economists means everything from the markets to the welfare state is seen though male eyes – this has to change

Economics is in need of a sexual revolution – and with feminism on the rise, now is the time to push for one.

We’re all aware of the gaping gender gap in the Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths. But this isn’t the only academic discipline failing to attract women: the same problem is also plaguing economics. Up until now, it’s received little attention.

Related: We won't get more engineering students by lowering tuition fees

Related: Cracking the code to economic success: social scientists are as vital as engineers

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Seven questions you should ask before you volunteer abroad

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 09:59

If you’re a student thinking about volunteering overseas, it’s important to make sure your work will have a positive impact

As you cram for final exams, you may begin to daydream about what you’ll be doing over the summer. Maybe interrailing through Europe or an internship beckons. More likely, a mishmash of shifts at the local Spar, two weeks of unpaid work experience and a night in a cramped tent at a washed-out festival – if you’re lucky.

But could you be doing something more worthwhile? Volunteering abroad is a growing industry, but it can be a minefield for young people with honourable intentions but no idea how to check that their placement is ethical. We asked former volunteers and industry experts what questions you should find answers to before you volunteer abroad.

Campaigning can be more sustainable than volunteering

Related: The seven sins of humanitarian douchery

Related: Why students should volunteer while at university

Related: Changing the world: a job for young people

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Top 10 easiest Oxbridge degrees to get accepted on

Telegraph - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 08:45
Want to go to Oxford or Cambridge? While you should pick a subject you're passionate about, here are the courses with the highest acceptance rates







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Fertility on the curriculum? The last thing we need is more scaremongering

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 08:22

Women are constantly besieged by warnings about their biological clock. We should be educating girls – and boys – about the things that actually matter

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Female headteachers buck a national trend, Bristol-fashion

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 07:40
What’s the secret of the enlightened gender mix in the city where two-thirds of secondary heads are women?

Catriona Mangham, headteacher of Fairfield high school in Bristol, recounts the story of a recent visit to her school by a member of the shadow cabinet. “One of the staff said: ‘Can I introduce you to the head?’ – and he shook the hand of the man standing next to me.”

It says something about Mangham that she was not going to let this go. “I told him: ‘You won’t get my vote’,” she says. “I said: ‘Isn’t it interesting, your assumption that the head of an inner-city secondary would be a man?’ He looked very embarrassed.”

One of the staff said: 'Can I introduce you to the head?' and he shook the hand of the man next to me

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Too much, too young for summer-born children forced into ‘big school’

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 07:40
Parents complain there is a postcode lottery over when children must start school – and new government guidelines have made matters worse

At about 4pm in a bright, airy south London home, Liz Field jumps up to get the door as her four-year-old son Cian returns from nursery.

“Hey, big guy! How’re you doing?”

Some parents continue to feel they are in a postcode lottery, with some councils more happy to be flexible than others

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Dear Ms Morgan: this isn’t education, it’s testing, testing, testing

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 07:15
Professional bodies responsible for education in the early years have expressed their disagreement with your new ‘baseline’ tests for four-year-olds

Congratulations on keeping education out of the headlines during the election. I guess that’s what you were appointed for. We can all imagine how it might have been if your predecessor had been in the job. There was a real danger for your party that he might have brought into the limelight many educational issues that your strategists preferred not to be openly and fairly discussed. One example: the yet tighter grip on children, parents, carers and teachers that the testing regime is going to have over the next five years. Under your government, children entering the system will have different kinds of national tests, first when they arrive, again at the end of year 1, again at the end of year 2, year 6, year 9 teacher assessment, year 11 and year 13.

Most of these tests are “high stakes” because the future of a whole school community (then rebounding on to several nearby school communities) will turn on how the pupils perform. At a stroke of a pen, you can rule that the group of teachers in a school are, in your words, “coasting” and overnight, headteachers can be removed or demoted, and the relationships that schools have with each other and their locality are fundamentally changed. Yet this draconian way of dealing with the way a school works overall depends on tests that are based on narrow criteria. Subjects that should involve interpretation and reflection are reduced to single right and wrong answers. Though the arts, thankfully, are mostly outside of this weights-and-measures approach to knowledge and understanding, they suffer from being demoted in the priorities fixed by your office. I say “the arts” suffer, but I mean “the pupils”, squeezed out of benefiting from the kinds of participatory, collaborative, creative work the arts offer.

A secondary pupil in year 9 can expect to be doing a sit-down test at the rate of one a week for a whole year

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Sport relief: beating exam stress with bowls and boxing

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 07:00

Schools across Britain are using sport to help students keep their cool as exam season hots up. Journalist Matthew Jenkin explores how

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Pearson blames tools for Sats marking problems

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 06:59

In our diary: Sats markers say it’s not their equipment at fault; action ‘soon’ over Grinling Gibbons’s results annulment; academisation halted on technicality

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The early years matter most, but good childcare still eludes us

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 02/06/2015 - 06:00

While politicians preach social mobility, the nursery system is failing children at the most vital age

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HEA partners with The Student Room

Higher Education Academy - Mon, 01/06/2015 - 14:31
Monday, 1 June, 2015

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and The Student Room have launched a campaign today, 1 June 2015, to help students at participating higher education institutions to better understand and engage with their Higher Education Achievement Report (HE

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