Foreign students will be offered a two year work visa after graduating from a British university in 2021. But students currently enrolled will miss out
International students at British universities fear the government’s plan to offer two-year post-study work visas to future students could leave them worse off if the extra time is not given to them too.
Last week the government said foreign students will be offered a two-year work visa after graduating from a British university. But the new policy will only apply to those graduating from summer 2021, according to the announcement.Continue reading...
I’ve always been a diligent worker. Having worked part-time throughout my A-levels in a fish and chip shop, I knew what hard work meant. When I received my offer to study at Cambridge University I was congratulated by my colleagues for finally “making it”. In the warm heat of June, a few days before my last exam, I thought this would be the last time I would smell the fish in batter mix as it hit the sizzling oil. I reflected on the idea that Cambridge meant I was finally competing on a level playing field with socially and economically privileged students.Continue reading...
A disproportionate number of people who occupy the top jobs across the UK – from the prime minister and leading politicians to judges and entertainers – were privately educated. Campaigners who think this situation has gone on too long are asking why we have private schools and whether it is time to get rid of them. Maya Goodfellow explores the case for abolitionContinue reading...
Stationery puzzles to get your brain moving
Today, we’re pushing the envelope.
1) A piece of paper is folded to make a shape that looks a bit like the back of an envelope, illustrated below. If the paper is unfolded again to make a flat sheet, what shape will it be? Prove it.Continue reading...
Students warned of physical and mental dangers three years after death of Edward Farmer
Students starting university are this week being warned of the dangers of initiation ceremonies, almost three years after an undergraduate was killed as a result of the “toxic effects” of such events.
Ed Farmer died after excessive drinking at an initiation event run by Newcastle University’s agricultural society in 2016. Karen Dilks, the coroner at the inquest into his death, called on universities to issue more forceful warnings about the dangers of alcohol for first-year students.Continue reading...
Policy would include limiting how many private school pupils can go to university
Labour delegates have endorsed radical plans to abolish private schools by removing their charitable status and redistributing their endowments, investments and properties to the state sector.
Conference delegates approved a motion that said such a commitment should be included in the party’s next general election manifesto. The motion added universities would be limited to admitting the same proportion of private school students as in the wider population, currently 7%.Continue reading...
In your 10 charts explaining the climate crisis (21 September), aviation is targeted as a “difficult problem” to solve. Given that the global climate strike was organised by, among others, the student climate network, students need to ask their academic staff how much they are cutting down on flying to conferences. The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research states that academics are among the highest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions. And while universities are increasingly committed to a green agenda for their own organisations in terms of carbon reduction, recycling and sustainable living, there is little evidence that academics are cutting down on their frequent flying habit.
Some may argue that face-to-face meetings at conferences around the world are necessary for the exchange of ideas and production of knowledge. However, research at the University of British Columbia suggests that there is no clear relationship between those who fly more and the quality of research. The University of Lund in Sweden is exceptional in requiring staff to set out concrete personal reduction targets. Isn’t it time that all UK universities followed suit and that students held their lecturers to account by asking them what steps they are taking to fly less?
Professor emerita, King’s College London
Männer, die sich in Kitas um Kinder kümmern, sind immer noch selten. Dabei ist die Freude am Erzieherberuf kein Frauenprivileg. Doch Geschlechterklischees und niedrige Gehälter sind ein Hemmnis.
Studierende sind in ihren Städten und Regionen zu sehr unterschiedlichen Preisen unterwegs. Aber die Fahrausweise fürs Halbjahr bieten auch unterschiedlich viel.
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Labour conference: Corbyn says UK could be better off outside EU if right deal available – live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including events from the Labour conference in Brighton
- Jeremy Corbyn’s interview with Andrew Marr – summary
- Labour commits itself to ‘integration’ of private schools into state sector
And this is what Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leader, said on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland about whether Labour should back a second independence referendum in Scotland. The Scottish Labour party has in the past firmly opposed the idea, but in August Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said a Labour government in London would not object to such a poll being held. Subsequently Leonard and Corbyn agreed a compromise line.
Explaining the position today, Leonard said:
The Labour position going into the general election whenever it comes will be that we oppose the creation of a separate Scottish state, that we oppose independence and therefore that we oppose the holding of a second independence referendum.
Where there has been some discussion is around if there was to be a renewed mandate which showed not only electoral but demonstrable public support for the holding of a second referendum – then there would need to be some consideration given to that.
Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour leader, like his Welsh counterpart Mark Drakeford (see 11.47am) has said Labour should back remain in any future referendum. Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland, Leonard said:
The Scottish Labour party took a decision frankly in the wake of the European party election results that we needed to be much clearer, that we needed much greater clarity about the position that we were taking.
For that reason the Scottish executive of the Labour party backed my proposal that we call for an affirmative vote that any deal should go back to the public; secondly, that on that vote there should be a remain option; and thirdly, that we would campaign unambiguously for remain.Continue reading...
University campuses across the country are cutting meat from their canteen and cafe menus under pressure from growing numbers of vegan students and staff.
This year, more university cafeterias than ever are being replaced by exclusively vegan and vegetarian canteens, according to the university caterers’ organisation Tuco, while vegan organisations are reporting big increases in the numbers of activists pushing for meat-free food on campus.Continue reading...