We need more female entrepreneurs. Universities can help create them | Alice Gast and Alexsis de Raadt St James
Budding female entrepreneurs can overcome the gender funding gap with targeted support from universities
Samuel Beckett’s “Try again. Fail again. Fail better” has inspired generations of entrepreneurs. But who gets to try, fail and fail again? Men. For a sector that thrives on disruptive ideas, the startup world is surprisingly regressive when it comes to funding female-led innovation. This is where universities can step in.
The British Business Bank recently found that for every £1 of venture capital investment in the UK, all-female founder teams get less than a penny, all-male teams get 89p, and mixed-gender teams receive 10p. The situation is mirrored across Europe, where 93 cents in every euro of venture capital goes to companies without a single woman on their founding team. This is a loss for the investors and for the world. Diversity fuels innovation, and the evidence shows that startups founded or cofounded by women make for significantly better financial investments.Continue reading...
Government must take urgent action to improve air quality around schools, report finds
Nearly two-thirds of teachers would support car-free roads outside schools during drop-off and pickup times, while more than half want the government to take urgent action to improve air quality outside schools, a survey suggests.
The study, in which 840 people in teaching roles across the UK participated, found that 63% would support a ban on motor vehicles outside the school gates at the start and end of the day.Continue reading...
When Waltham Holy Cross primary school was given a failing report it was immediately under threat of a private takeover in the government’s academisation drive. But parents have fought back – and may yet prevail. The Guardian’s Aditya Chakrabortty explains how.
Plus: Mark Rice-Oxley on why we should embrace the four-day working week
Shaunagh Roberts and Jayshree Tailor never considered themselves campaigners. But when the education watchdog, Ofsted, said their children’s school was failing and would be taken over by an academy trust they had never heard of, they started asking questions. Now the campaign to keep Waltham Holy Cross school under local authority control is growing and parents are hopeful they can halt the forced outsourcing of the school to a private contractor.
Aditya Chakrabortty has been following the campaign for months and tells Anushka Asthana he is astounded by the resourcefulness of the campaigners, working from from their kitchens with little more than cracked phones and broken laptops.Continue reading...
Juraprofessor Christian von Coelln erklärt, wie die Vielzahl von Studentinnen und Studenten die Lehre an deutschen Hochschulen verändert - und was er für das größere Problem hält.
Die Sparpläne von Olaf Scholz bieten Bildungsministerin Anja Karliczek die Chance, endlich Stärke zu zeigen - oder ihre vielen Kritiker zu bestätigen.
Children’s charities and social work groups had launched an application for judicial review
The government has withdrawn a controversial document that claims some statutory protections for vulnerable children are “myths”, after a charity launched an application for judicial review, the Guardian has learned.
The “myth-busting” guide, issued last September, advised local authorities that they are legally permitted to reduce or even remove support from children in long-term foster care, who run away or go missing from home or care, who are remanded in custody and those who have left care and are still living with their former foster carers.Continue reading...
Fraternity has been suspended after video surfaces showing some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur
A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video which circulated on social media and showed some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur.
The video shows a student hitting another with a belt while saying the words “Pick my cotton” and then a racial slur.Continue reading...
British universities must slash the number of top degrees they award or risk undermining their world-class reputation, the education secretary has warned.
Damian Hinds said there had been a steep and unjustifiable rise in the awarding of first-class degrees, urging universities to “reset the norm” by handing out a higher proportion of 2:1s. Offending universities could face fines, or even be prevented from awarding degrees at all.Continue reading...
A couple of years ago, the death of a public intellectual, such as the philosopher Mary Warnock, who died on Thursday, would be marked by reflections on whether we have seen the death of the public intellectual as a phenomenon.
In 2019, when an academic psychologist can do sell-out lecture tours off the back of YouTube success, there’s less reason to believe that the public is repulsed by big ideas, unfussily presented. Unfortunately, that psychologist is Jordan Peterson and his “big ideas” are a mush of homily and conservatism, making it tempting to wish that public intellectuals really weren’t a thing any more.Continue reading...
Headteachers tell of the damage caused by years of cuts to their capital and maintenance budgets
In one of the classrooms of Gillotts secondary school in Henley-on-Thames, there is a mysterious, acrid smell. It is a school day but the room is empty because this “awful” scent, a mix of damp and chemicals, clogs children’s throats and clings to the teachers’ hair and clothes long after they go home.
“That classroom is shut and unusable because of the smell – and I could really do with that classroom,” said headteacher Catharine Darnton. Her state school has 900 pupils and, like many other heads across the country, she has struggled to maintain her dilapidated building in the face of the government’s austerity cuts. As well as the stink, heating failures and electricity blow-outs have led to partial temporary closures of the school and blocked drains have threatened to leak raw sewage onto the playground. Darnton has been forced to take money intended for the education of students and allocate it to repairs and even capital expenditure. The low point came when, in winter, the building was so cold and dark she had to consider closing the school. “It was insane,” she said.Continue reading...
Performance data reveals how much the country still suffers from educational gerrymandering
In Scotland, the new middle-class rites of spring are upon us. They may not yet carry the resonance of Glyndebourne, Henley or Royal Ascot but the social and economic implications for thousands of families are quite profound. This is when Scotland’s state school league tables are published and when families begin to inspect university prospectuses and neighbourhood maths tutors start browsing the BMW and Mercedes catalogues.
Actually, to describe the state school performance data as “league tables” isn’t quite accurate. Holyrood deliberately avoids arranging this data in a league table format because to do so would be simplistic, entirely subjective and fail to offer a wider picture of a school’s performance beyond bald academic numbers. It’s left to newspapers to arrange them in league table format based on the numbers of pupils from each school gaining A-passes. Thus, we get to see some depressingly familiar patterns emerge: schools in affluent neighbourhoods figure heavily in the top 20 while those in our disadvantaged communities are gathered near the foot.Continue reading...