Poll suggests privilege is key to landing internships

The Guardian Unlimited - Mon, 30/03/2015 - 00:01

Survey carried out for Debrett’s Foundation finds that 72% of privileged young Britons admitted to having used family connections to secure a work placement

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Foreign students coming to Britain to learn how to make WMDs

Telegraph - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 20:21
MPs call for the system preventing foreign students coming to the UK to learn the secrets of chemical and nuclear weapons to be extended to home grown jihadists







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LSE threatens student protesters with legal action to end occupation

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 19:41

Students demanding fairer pay for university staff and pledge not to raise tuition fees are warned of consequences of refusing to abandon sit-in protest

The London School of Economics has threatened its students with legal action after they refused to end a sit-in demonstration.

Protesters have camped out in one of the university’s main meeting rooms for nearly two weeks, with a range of demands about privatisation, tuition fees and diversity.

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Q: How much time should be spent on homework? A: 70 minutes at most, every day

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 17:01

Teenagers should not do more than an hour of maths and science homework per day – according to a new study – as any more has been found to be counter-productive.









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Postgraduate: Design your own marvellous career

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 15:59

Before she even knew what graphic design was, Debra Yates was selling her own illustrations. She left school after A-levels and didn’t go to university until the age of 33. Having a child made her rethink her career in printing: “A dirty job with long shifts,” she says. “I decided I knew enough about graphic design to know I could do better than some of the artwork I’d seen at work.”









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Design your own marvellous career

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 15:59

Before she even knew what graphic design was, Debra Yates was selling her own illustrations. She left school after A-levels and didn’t go to university until the age of 33. Having a child made her rethink her career in printing: “A dirty job with long shifts,” she says. “I decided I knew enough about graphic design to know I could do better than some of the artwork I’d seen at work.”









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Postgraduate: Doctoral graduates are ‘business critical’

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 15:54

For some, the stereotypical view of the PhD graduate is a “lone genius”, destined to become an academic with narrow specialised knowledge and little “real world” experience. But our latest study, commissioned through the social research specialists CFE Research, reveals that when they enter work, not only are doctoral graduates considered “business critical” by many employers, they encourage and support their colleagues to think more creatively, achieve more and innovate better. Employers especially highlighted that combining work experience and doctoral training was a powerful package.


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Doctoral graduates are ‘business critical’

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 15:54

For some, the stereotypical view of the PhD graduate is a “lone genius”, destined to become an academic with narrow specialised knowledge and little “real world” experience. But our latest study, commissioned through the social research specialists CFE Research, reveals that when they enter work, not only are doctoral graduates considered “business critical” by many employers, they encourage and support their colleagues to think more creatively, achieve more and innovate better. Employers especially highlighted that combining work experience and doctoral training was a powerful package.









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Postgraduate: ‘I fell in love with science at an early age’

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 15:50

As heroes go, Wallace – the jug-eared, cheese-obsessed plasticine inventor in Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit animations – is pretty unlikely. “At three years old, if we’d had a basement, I would have been down there trying to build a moon rocket,” laughs Nathan Readioff.  “My fascination with science goes back as far as I can remember. I fell in love with the subject at an early age – especially particle physics, trying to learn how the universe works.”


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PhD student Nathan Readioff: ‘I fell in love with science at an early age’

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 15:50

As heroes go, Wallace – the jug-eared, cheese-obsessed plasticine inventor in Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit animations – is pretty unlikely. “At three years old, if we’d had a basement, I would have been down there trying to build a moon rocket,” laughs Nathan Readioff.  “My fascination with science goes back as far as I can remember. I fell in love with the subject at an early age – especially particle physics, trying to learn how the universe works.”









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Postgraduate: Mastering the art of journalism via higher education

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 15:45

Time was when all you needed to enter journalism was a notepad, a biro and a plausible manner. Nowadays, most entrants have a  first-class degree, followed often  by a Masters – and all have to be  digitally adept.


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Mastering the art of journalism via higher education

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 15:45

Time was when all you needed to enter journalism was a notepad, a biro and a plausible manner. Nowadays, most entrants have a  first-class degree, followed often  by a Masters – and all have to be  digitally adept.









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Killing Jesus: Bill O'Reilly's film is touted as history. But facts aren't sacred to him

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 13:25

A Catholic self-described “traditionalist,” O’Reilly can’t be trusted not to confuse religious interpretation with historical fact

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Headteachers ​threaten to contact police over children playing 18-rated games

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 11:21

Group of 16 schools in Cheshire say allowing children to play games containing unsuitable levels of violence and sexual content is neglectful

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The war against humanities at Britain's universities

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 08:30

Higher education is stuffed with overpaid administrators squeezing every ounce of efficiency out of lecturers and focusing on the ‘profitable’ areas of science, technology, engineering and maths. Are the humanities at risk of being wiped out?

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The idea you can put a number against a child's ability is flawed and dangerous

The Guardian Unlimited - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 08:00

Headteacher Alison Peacock believes labeling children by ability leaves some trapped by low expectations. That’s why her school doesn’t do it

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Head teachers give their top tips for revision season

Telegraph - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 06:00
As GCSE revision season starts, Florence Cook speaks to five education experts for their advice to parents on dealing with the stresses of exam season and supporting children







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Heads' threat to parents over gaming

BBC - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 04:07
Head teachers in Cheshire warn parents they will report them to the authorities if they allow their children to play computer games rated for over-18s.
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Numbers studying physics rise as blockbuster films, the Hadron Collider and the Mars Rover inspire students

The Independent - Sun, 29/03/2015 - 01:00

Blockbuster films such as Gravity, Interstellar and The Theory of Everything, combined with a huge interest in machines such as the Large Hadron Collider at Cern and the Mars Rover, are creating a buzz around physics and leading to higher numbers of students applying to study the subject.









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Saturday jobs ‘can damage exam grades for teenagers’

The Guardian Unlimited - Sat, 28/03/2015 - 21:03
Part-time work cuts study time, may be damaging to GCSE grades and might reduce motivation in lessons, new research suggests

There was widespread praise for millionaire parents David and Victoria Beckham when it was revealed that they had sent their eldest son, Brooklyn, to do a few weekend shifts in a west London coffee shop. And Jamie Oliver won approval for insisting that he’ll be keeping his eldest two daughters “real” by encouraging them to work in his new pub on Saturdays.

However, new research suggests that teenagers who take on a Saturday job could be damaging their GCSE grades – an effect especially noticeable in girls – even while they earn extra cash they might spend on risky behaviours like drinking or smoking.

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