Student union anti-banning society threatened with ban

Telegraph - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:15
The LSESU Speakeasy, a free speech society which campaigns against the banning of student groups, could itself be banned









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Law students: look beyond London for a better work-life balance

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:10

Always dreamed of being a lawyer in the capital? It’s not all sunshine and rainbows – consider widening your job search to other UK cities

When students consider a career in law, they may picture themselves working on million-dollar transatlantic deals in fancy international law firms in the City of London. However, what many don’t consider is that there is legal life outside the capital.

As the cost of living rises and millennials demand a better work-life balance, trainees and newly-qualified lawyers are deciding to work outside of London. According to Law Society figures, there are around 160,000 solicitors in the UK, roughly one third of whom are based in London, with a sizeable share of the overall total (19.8%) in City firms. This means the majority are actually located elsewhere.

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Labour warns on curriculum 'diktat'

BBC - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 07:48
Labour is calling for England's school curriculum to be based on the needs of a modern economy, rather than the political "pet projects" of ministers.
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Racism in universities: 'There is a sense your face doesn't fit'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 07:00

New research shines a light on the insidious racism that blights higher education in the UK

Covert racism and discrimination persist in the UK’s colleges and universities, according to new film, Witness, commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU). The project, initiated by the UCU Black Members’ Standing Committee, chronicles the experiences of the union’s black members.

Related: How much does your university do for racial equality?

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Does Cameron's university claim stack up?

BBC - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 01:21
Are there really more black males in prison than in universities?
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Bright state school pupils 'put off by intimidating Oxbridge admission systems'

Telegraph - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 01:17
Prestigious universities should simplify process to help those confused or unfamiliar with it, new report says









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David Cameron's Oxford college admits fewest state school applicants

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 00:04

Brasenose finishes bottom in Sutton Trust report, with only 11% of state school pupils who apply there winning a place

Brasenose, the historic Oxford college where David Cameron once studied, has the poorest record of admitting state school pupils who apply there, with just one out of every 10 winning a place, according to a new report published on Thursday.

Related: Top universities not to blame for lack of diversity, say state headteachers

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Ministerial meddling with national curriculum is 'serious problem'

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 00:01

Discussions within the cabinet that are oddly specific and made public are causing chaos, says shadow education secretary

Government ministers should be barred from horse-trading over what schools teach, the shadow education secretary will say in a speech calling for an end to the political interference seen during Michael Gove’s period as education secretary.

Labour’s Lucy Powell will say that “ministerial meddling” has reached new heights since 2010, citing examples including members of the cabinet being given effective veto over details of the national curriculum.

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Young men miss out as university gender gap remains at record levels

The Guardian Unlimited - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 00:01

Female school leavers still 36% more likely to study for a degree in England and gap is growing even wider in Scotland and Wales

The gap between male and female school leavers applying to start undergraduate degrees at British universities remains at record levels, according to the first official figures released for this year.

Ucas, the central body that administers university admissions, said applications submitted at the January deadline showed that young women are 36% more likely to apply than young men in England, the same gap as last year and the widest on record.

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Oxbridge admissions 'intimidating'

BBC - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 23:49
The admissions process for Oxford and Cambridge universities is confusing and complex and should be simplified, the Sutton Trust charity says.
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Anti-Rhodes campaign 'depleted' student union cash

Telegraph - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 21:30
It has been revealed that the Rhodes Must Fall campaign has been funded through Oxford University and has "depleted" student union funds









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Prevent strategy 'sowing mistrust and fear in Muslim communities'

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 18:05

UK’s terror watchdog urges review of government’s anti-radicalisation scheme, saying it is significant source of grievance

The UK’s terror watchdog has called for an independent review of the government’s flagship anti-radicalisation strategy, Prevent, over concerns that it is sowing mistrust and fear in the Muslim community.

The programme, particularly its duty on schools to spot and report signs of radicalisation in pupils, has become a “significant source of grievance” among British Muslims, encouraging “mistrust to spread and to fester”, said David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism laws.

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Bridget Kendall's appointment as Master of Peterhouse Cambridge welcomed by students

Telegraph - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 16:26
The BBC journalist's appointment as the first female Master will help address outdated perceptions that the college is unwelcoming to women









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Teachers 'over-predict' results in race for university places

Telegraph - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 14:37
Last year more than half of students accepted on to degree courses had missed their results by two or more grades, the head of Ucas has said









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Five easy ways urban schools can experiment with outdoor learning

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 13:00

Outdoor learning isn’t just the preserve of rural schools. These simple ideas will help you incorporate outdoor learning in a concrete jungle

Whether it’s hunting for minibeasts in the playing fields or reading a book under a tree, the positive impact of outdoor learning on young people’s achievement and development is widely acknowledged.

But what do you do if your school isn’t blessed with acres of green space? From making the most of your playground to venturing further afield, we’ve gathered five tips to help urban schools feel the benefits of taking learning outside.

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First steps towards meeting the global goals – your stories and images

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:34

At the start of the year, we asked you what initial moves you were making to achieve the sustainable development goals. Here are your stories and images

“The best chance of meeting the sustainable development goals (SDGs) is if everyone on the planet is aware of them,” says VSO Papua New Guinea’s education programme manager, Emily Snowden. “My team has precious links to a large community of education professionals in PNG, such as Carol Abiri. We travelled up the Yuat River to a school close to Carol’s father’s home, one of the most remote places in PNG. It was interesting to hear the viewpoints expressed by the young people; when they described their goals for the world today, they said they were looking for shade, places to sit, water, and space to breathe.”

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Headteacher mocked on Twitter for claiming evolution is not a fact

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:33

Richard Dawkins weighs in on social media debate after Christina Wilkinson said there was ‘more evidence that Bible is true’

A primary school headteacher has been mocked on Twitter after claiming that evolution was “a theory” and there was “more evidence that the Bible is true”.

Christina Wilkinson, of St Andrew’s Church of England school in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, made the remarks in a tweet responding to London headteacher Tom Sherrington, who urged teachers to stick to science when teaching the origins of life.

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Six questions to ask before choosing your A-levels

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:15

It’s one of the first big decisions that students make – so how do you figure out what A-levels to take? And are there any that you should avoid?

Picking your A-level subjects is one of the first big academic decisions that students face. Choosing what to study won’t just determine what you’re doing in year 12 and 13, it could also affect your university choices and even your future career. And it’s not just a case of picking between subject areas – you’ll need to decide what type of qualifications you want to sit and whether it’s best for you to do them at school or a college.

So, what options are available to year 11 students? And how can you weigh up which subjects best suit your ambitions? We spoke to university admissions tutors to find out.

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What are British values? You asked Google – here’s the answer | David Shariatmadari

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 08:00
Every day millions of internet users ask Google some of life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries

Values. The eternal principles on which our sense of self depends. The moral code that runs through our character like words in a stick of rock. The standards of behaviour that have stood the test of time.

Related: Why didn’t people smile in old photos? You asked Google – and here’s the answer | Jonathan Jones

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How social media can help universities in times of tragedy

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 03/02/2016 - 07:00

Many institutions shy away from online forums in a crisis. But social media can prevent confusion and create space to mourn

Tragedies can strike campuses without warning. In a single moment, the “it-can’t-happen-here” illusion is shattered. At times like this, social media is an essential tool for emergency communication, but it can also be more than that. When a student dies, Facebook and Twitter can unite a community, yet many higher education institutions shy away from engaging in this way.

In late 2014, I learned that a student had died at my alma mater. I visited the college website and social channels in search of information, but there was nothing. As an alumna, I felt left in the dark and disconnected from a community about which I care deeply. As a communications professional, I found the lack of acknowledgement equally troubling.

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