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First lady to high school graduates: 'I know the struggles many of you face'

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 13:57

Michelle Obama spoke about her struggles growing up in Chicago, challenging students to change ‘skewed’ narratives about their communities


First lady Michelle Obama drew on her hometown connections and personal struggles at college and the White House on Tuesday, during a Chicago high school graduation speech to the classmates of an honor student gunned down in 2013 near the Obama family home.

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'It's a political failure': how Sweden's celebrated schools system fell into crisis

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 13:21

International ratings have plummeted and inequality is growing after raft of changes including introduction of voucher system

Gustav Fridolin, Sweden’s rather youthful education minister, emerges from behind his desk in a pleasant office in central Stockholm wearing what looks like a pair of Vans and the open, fresh-faced smile of a newly qualified teacher.

The smile falters when he begins to describe the plight of Sweden’s schools and the scale of the challenge that lies ahead. Fridolin, it turns out, is the man in charge of rescuing a school system in crisis.

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Which universities offer the most financial support?

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 10:59

Worried about how you’ll meet your living costs at university? Use our handy guide to find out which universities offer the best bursaries

Universities spend huge amounts of money on bursaries and scholarships – over £400m in 2014. Yet there is no evidence that the level of financial support offered to students by institutions has any impact on their choice of where to study.

One of the reasons for this, according to Gill Wyness, a researcher in education policy at the centre for economic performance at the London School of Economics and a lecturer at the University College London Institute of Education, is that students simply don’t have enough information.

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Tim Hunt apologises for comments on his 'trouble' with female scientists

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 09:03

Nobel laureate caused outrage after telling conference he had reputation as a chauvinist and said of women in labs, ‘when you criticise them, they cry’

The Nobel laureate Tim Hunt has apologised for comments he made about female scientists.

Hunt had told a conference he had a reputation for being a chauvinist, before saying: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.”

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Five ways teachers can fit exercise around work

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 07:00

Get up early, run to school, become a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award leader – tips on how to get active while juggling a busy schedule

What better way to start the day on the right foot than a morning jog, or joining other sweat-drenched folk for a spot of spinning. But finding the time to exercise before breakfast, especially when you need to be in school before 8am, isn’t always easy.

The benefits of finding just a few hours a week to get active are clear. Exercise is known to reduce anxiety – particularly vital during the working week – and boosts concentration.

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Nobel scientist Tim Hunt: female scientists cause trouble for men in labs

Wed, 10/06/2015 - 06:53

English biochemist tells conference women in laboratories ‘fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry’

Tim Hunt, where’s the science in your prejudice against women?

Scientists should work in gender-segregated labs, according to a Nobel laureate, who said the trouble with “girls” is that they cause men to fall in love with them and cry when criticised.

Tim Hunt, an English biochemist who admitted that he has a reputation for being a “chauvinist”, said to the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.”

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