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‘I loved my time at uni. I struggle to remember anything bad’ – alumni stories

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:46

How has university changed through the years? Previous generations recall how it went for them

They’re supposed to be the best days of your life – but is university everything it’s cracked up to be, now that it comes packaged with more stress and financial worries? Twenty or 30 years ago there were no tuition fees, students had grants and there seemed to be more time for socialising, drinking and generally having fun.

We asked people from that era how they felt about their time at uni – and whether they really would describe it as the time of their lives.

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Almost all new students worry they won’t make friends. Freshers’ week is there to help

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:42

With freshers’ events that don’t involve drinking, plus hundreds of societies to choose from, universities cater to all personality types

Before your child starts university, it’s helpful to think about challenges they have already faced, and talk with them about how they might handle these at university. Although it’s a new start, problems don’t just go away – university life is, and should be, challenging. So help your children develop practical skills (cooking, shopping, budgeting) but, equally importantly, let them lead on making decisions for themselves and managing the consequences of those decisions.

It’s much better for them to be prepared for what they may encounter at university rather than struggling because the demands on them come as a surprise. At Reading, for example, we run workshops called Life Tools, which help equip students with strategies for managing academic pressure, using critical feedback constructively and building confidence.

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Kids off to uni? Here's how you can help

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:42

Your children will need advice, but don’t expect them to act on all your suggestions – it’s their life, after all

Before his teenage sons left for university, Richard Marshall taught them to make curry, bread and home-brewed beer. As a single parent, he had already passed on the “ability to live on a fairly tight budget” and involved them in running the house: “They could operate a washing machine without ruining clothes, knew how to iron – even if my advice was not to bother – and could do all those chores I’d seen new students fresh from home struggle with.”

The road to university is a long one, and Marshall was right to start early. Gaynor Loxley, outreach and widening participation manager at the University of Sheffield, suggests looking at university courses as soon as GCSEs are over, so you can ensure you pick the relevant A-levels.

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Experience: ‘My son going to university made my own course possible’

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:35

Carol Wilhide Justin started an MA in print at the Royal College of Art while son Jack was at the University of East Anglia and daughter Celia was doing her A-levels

The empty nest hit me quite hard, perhaps because Jack was the first to go away. But although that first year was difficult, and I really missed him, the bonus was that I felt free to go off and do my own thing a bit more.

Before that I had been teaching art in after-school clubs for a few years, and had started a printmaking course, just one morning a week. That was my time, and I had to pack everything into those three hours. It opened up some amazing opportunities, including a residency to learn printmaking in Japan. For the first time, I had the space and time to work on something on my own without being interrupted. Jack going to university made that possible.

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Personal statements: How to help them sell themselves

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 13:35

They have 4,000 characters to convince a university that they’re a great catch. Here’s how parents can help

A student’s personal statement is exactly what it sounds like – a chance for the student to put their case for being accepted, above others, on a specific course. It should outline interests, skills and experience, and no university or college application is complete without one.

But that doesn’t mean the task of writing it should be solitary; there are ways parents can make it simpler on their offspring. Start by having a quick brainstorming session, and make sure you get the ball rolling early. “A strong personal statement is a crucial part of any Ucas application, so you’ll want to leave plenty of time for proofreading and further drafts,” says Callie Hawkins, Ucas adviser experience manager.

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University green rankings at risk despite climate emergency

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:15
This year’s People and Planet league table could be the last unless the Office for Students has a change of heart

While young people call for urgent action on the climate emergency, universities are lagging behind, with two-thirds likely to fail their 2020 targets for the reduction of carbon emissions. And academic conferences are partly to blame.

Air travel is estimated to be responsible for more than 2% of global human-induced emissions, and lecturers’ flights could be adding significantly to the carbon footprint of many universities, according to transport data provided voluntarily by 67 institutions.

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Education publisher Pearson to phase out print textbooks

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:14
Pearson says students will only be able to rent physical books as it makes all products "digital first".
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Empty nests: ‘I don’t want to be their friend on Facebook’ because it’s their world, not mine

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

Should you expect a daily text, or radio silence? Striking the right communications balance is essential to the parent-child relationship

It’s never been easier for parents to stay in touch with their student children. That sounds good, but it has brought new dilemmas. These days many parents expect to remain closely involved in their children’s lives, even at university. There are clearly downsides – not just for students who feel they’re being stalked, but for parents too, and for the changing relationship between them.

Used sparingly, texting, WhatsApp and the rest can offer just what’s needed: an informal way of communicating without being too intrusive. “Things like WhatsApp family groups have made it much easier to stay in touch,” says Juliet Bernard, whose sons are 24 and 20. “It’s like all being in a room together; you can choose how involved you are in the conversation. Our boys don’t have to comment but they still feel part of it.”

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Experience: ‘Young people can get “happy ears”. We wanted to inject some realism’

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

Fiona Scott and her daughter, Sammie, combined scheduled talks and town highlights to get the most out of their open day

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The open day at the University of Gloucestershire, where Sammie now studies, was very well organised. There was a marquee and from there you could plan your day and timings. We went to a few talks and two lecturers gave us a tour of the arts studio and answered our questions. We also looked around the shopping centre and the accommodation to get a feel for the city.

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State-school kids who rose to the top in universities

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

Only 16% of university heads were privately educated, in contrast to judges and elite civil servants. Why the difference?

Steve Smith’s parents were devastated to be told at school parents’ evening that the best their working‑class son could hope for was a job sweeping floors in the local shoe factory. He is now vice-chancellor of the University of Exeter, part of the elite Russell Group.

Nick Petford left school at 16 and worked in a tool-packing factory before training to install air-conditioning. He is now vice-chancellor of the University of Northampton.

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Student accommodation: from halls to houses (and the family home)

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

What type of independent living will your child go for? Perhaps they’ll commute from home instead?

Decisions, decisions, decisions. After pinpointing which subject and university to study at for at least three years, the next serious conundrum for prospective students is accommodation.

Price undoubtedly is an issue, with 97% of first-year students citing value for money as an important factor, and 96% citing overall cost, according to a survey by Ucas and Knight Frank. That means compromises will likely need to be made. “If being on campus is a priority, you could look at reducing your room cost by sharing a bathroom,” says Trudi Vout, director of campus and accommodation services at the University of Hull. “Or if having your own en-suite is essential, investigate options off-campus – or go for slightly less modern options.”

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Mental health at university: wellbeing tips for students

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

The pressures of uni life can take their toll, so students need to know how to take care of themselves – and who to turn to for extra help

There’s so much to be enjoyed at university, but for some people, it can be a time of loneliness, of feeling anxious about examinations, or of being weighed down by worries about finances.

“The first six weeks are the most difficult,” says Ruki Heritage, assistant director of student experience and head of student services at the University of Bedfordshire. She suggests talking to other people who have been to university so that you and your child know what to expect. Think about the kinds of problems your child might face; do they have difficulties with essay deadlines or managing their money? “A lot of students come in [to the wellbeing service] with financial issues that cause distress, when a lot of it could be avoided by learning simple budgeting techniques,” she says.

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The misguided obsession with Stem subjects is to blame for the decline in English A-levels | Laura McInerney

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 08:45
If the government keeps steering students towards science and technology, where will all the English teachers come from?

In possibly the first known incidence of teenagers listening to politicians, it appears that 16-year-olds are rapidly abandoning the study of English. The three types of English A-level have seen their numbers decline by one-fifth over the past three years, with sciences up by the same amount.

Faced with the constant message from the government that science, technology, engineering and maths are everything, teens are opting for these subjects at A-level and university. It started with Nicky Morgan, who, as education secretary, made a speech in autumn 2014 urging young people to study science. “[In the past] if you didn’t know what you wanted to do … the arts and humanities were what you chose because they were useful … We now know this couldn’t be further from the truth. The subjects to keep young people’s options open are Stem subjects.”

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Résultats du baccalauréat 2019 : « L’idéal sacré d’égalité vient d’être bafoué »

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 07:30
Un collectif d’enseignants des jurys de bac dénonce, dans une tribune au « Monde », l’action arbitraire du ministre de l’éducation, Jean-Michel Blanquer, qui a permis à des personnels administratifs d’établir les notes, introduisant une inégalité entre les candidats.
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Moon landings: Apollo 11 celebrated in Cambridge University maps

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 02:32
Old maps of the Moon and stars celebrate the 50th anniversary of man walking on the Moon.
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Packing for uni: essentials for a happy home

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 01:59

A mix of the practical and the sentimental will cover most of needs at university – and there are always shops ...

As your child heads off for a new independent life at university, you have one last chance to make sure they’re prepared – so when it comes to packing that car you’ll want to make sure every item warrants its space.

First off, check with the university or accommodation provider to find out what they provide – many of the rooms in halls of residence and rented houses will have some of the basics, including a bed, desk, wardrobe, bedside table and chair. Although some unis also provide duvet covers and sheets, you may prefer to splash out on some new linen instead, so it’s essential to know the size of the bed. Given the likelihood of a springy bed, a mattress protector is a sound investment too.

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Fees and funding: ‘Think of your loan as a graduate tax’

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 01:59

A university education won’t come cheap, but you may be entitled to more help than you thought

Biology student Molly Savage struggled to imagine how she’d ever afford university – she knew her parents were too cash-strapped to help. But she’s managed to win £5,000 a year as part of a scholarship scheme targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I was over the moon,” she says. “It’s made a massive difference – I knew I could go to uni without any financial worries. There are so many expenses that crop up, but I haven’t had to ask my parents for any extra money this year.”

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Food management: how to eat on a budget

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 01:59

Shop late in the day and cook multiple portions to make the money go further

However tempting the pizzas, cheese toasties and sugary alcoholic drinks are, there are plenty of ways to still aim for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Here are our top tips:

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Did you solve it? Cheese cube nibbles

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 19:00

The solutions to today’s problems - with cheesy pics!

Earlier today I set you the following four puzzles:

1. You have a cube of cheese that measures 3 x 3 x 3 inches, and you want to slice it into 27 smaller 1 x 1 x 1 inch cubes, as shown below. If you have a straight knife, what’s the minimum number of slices you need to do it? You are allowed to rearrange the pieces after each slice.

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Head of Ofsted calls for greater scrutiny of multi-academy trusts

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 16:53

Amanda Spielman says evaluation system gives only partial view of performance

The chief inspector of schools has called for increased powers to scrutinise multi-academy trusts (Mats), warning that parents and policymakers currently have only a partial view of what is happening in England’s schools.

Amanda Spielman, the head of the schools regulator Ofsted, said trusts were not being held to account properly as her inspectors were not allowed to inspect them.

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