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Restore grant system for poor students, urges Russell Group chief

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 06/08/2018 - 11:06

Group recommends ‘living wage’ grant for students eligible for free school meals to allay debt fears

Ministers must reinstate maintenance grants for poor students looking to go to university, the head of the group representing the leading universities has urged.

UK students from low-income families were awarded up to £3,387 a year until 2016 and the restoration of the grant system would make a “substantial difference” to people who were “nervous” about student debt, according to Tim Bradshaw, the chief executive of the Russell Group.

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UK economy 'could benefit from more going to university'

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 06/08/2018 - 08:00

Universities UK says educating people of all ages would help to meet economic challenges

The UK economy could benefit from more people of all ages attending university, a report has concluded.

It also suggests the advance of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital technology, as well as the challenges of Brexit and an ageing population are creating greater demand for those with qualifications above level 4.

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Paul Devin : « Pour améliorer la formation des enseignants, il ne suffira pas d’être “ inventif ” »

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 06/08/2018 - 08:00
Le secrétaire général du syndicat des inspecteurs SNPI-FSU, Paul Devin, estime, dans une tribune au « Monde », que les projets de transformation du service public de l’éducation annoncés le 2 août par le gouvernement relèvent surtout d’une stratégie communicationnelle.
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University chief wants to bring back maintenance grants

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 06/08/2018 - 07:16
The Russell Group head says maintenance grants could make a "substantial difference" for poorer students.
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Hospital admissions for teenage girls who self-harm nearly double

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 06/08/2018 - 02:19

School work and social media blamed for rise to 13,500 patients from 7,300 in 1997


The number of girls under the age of 18 being treated in hospital in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago, according to NHS figures.

The figure reached 13,463 last year against 7,327 in 1997. In comparison, the figure for admissions of boys who self-harmed rose from 2,236 in 1997 to 2,332 in 2017.

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Geography a force for broadening the mind, says Michael Palin

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 06/08/2018 - 02:01

Comedian and broadcaster praises rise in geography entries at GCSE and A-level

The comedian and television presenter Michael Palin has praised the study of geography as a force for broadening the mind as fresh figures show a spike in take-up for the subject at schools in England.

The man behind travel shows including Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole and Full Circle says studying geography is key to understanding the world and “helping us to realise that we all share the same planet”.

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Wissenschaft: "Eine Art von Selbstzensur"

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 05/08/2018 - 19:57

Die Hildesheimer Professorin Marianne Kneuer wurde soeben an die Spitze des Weltverbandes der Politikwissenschaftler gewählt. Ein Gespräch über Bedrohungen der Wissenschaftsfreiheit und Publikationsdruck.

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Hochschulen: Jenseits von Lehre und Forschung

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 05/08/2018 - 19:57

Raus aus dem Elfenbeinturm: Sich gesellschaftlich zu engagieren, gehört mittlerweile zum Selbstverständnis der Hochschulen in Deutschland. Doch manche Wissenschaftler sehen diese "dritte Mission" durchaus kritisch.

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Schule: Du mich auch

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 05/08/2018 - 19:56

In Schweden siezt man nur den König, in Kanada siezt man überhaupt niemanden. Und in Deutschland? Jeden Lehrer, spätestens nach der Grundschule. Schade, findet unsere Autorin.

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What's life as a YouTube child star really like?

bbc education - Sun, 05/08/2018 - 02:50
JD and Arabella Daho went viral on YouTube at a very young age. But they've also been the subject of abuse - both online and off.
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No Etonians in the cabinet? How will we ever cope? | Jess Phillips

the guardian - Sat, 04/08/2018 - 20:00
The school has created more than its fair share of leaders. But look where that’s got us

Charles Moore wrote an article last week about the historic over-representation of Etonians in government. It was headlined: “With Etonians shunned in the modern cabinet, where will the new talent come from?”

Oh how we laughed, the sad bitter laugh of a broken system. Here are some of the places I would rather pull talent from over Eton: my local Harvester, the inpatients of my local maternity ward, my brother’s Narcotics Anonymous group. Also I’d like to speak up for the fellow I met yesterday at Heathrow who piled so many bags on to a trolley and drove it masterfully through a crowd of angry, tired travellers without even a furrowed brow. Put him in charge of the trains.

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Britain’s economics students are dangerously poorly educated

the guardian - Sat, 04/08/2018 - 19:00
Universities that only train young people to be City analysts leave us unable to learn from the past or predict the future

Last year the chief economist at the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, gave a fear-inducing speech that warned of Armageddon in the jobs market. Robots threatened 15 million UK jobs, he said.

This dystopian picture of busy machines and queues of jobless Britons was replaced this month by a rosier view from PwC, which made the opposite claim: robots and artificial intelligence could create as many jobs as they destroy, which happens to be around 7 million.

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The spying accusations are a new low for the Student Loan Company | Dawn Foster

the guardian - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 18:27
If you’re a student who is estranged from your parents, the last thing you need is the SLC making a fragile situation even worse

Heading off to university offers many students their first taste of adult life: their first adult relationships, the trials of flatsharing, budgeting, managing workloads, as well as drinking to excess and failing to adequately feed themselves. But for some it’s not as simple as mere growing pains: the university culture and student finance system can entrench existing inequalities at every step, with students from wealthy backgrounds able to rent superior accommodation, while students from less affluent backgrounds struggle with money, and students estranged from their families are left without accommodation during the holidays. As if that wasn’t bad enough, now the Student Loan Company has been accused to have been spying on vulnerable students.

A number of students who reported estrangement from their parents when applying for student finance reportedly had their social media monitored, with staff at the SLC searching for proof that the students had disproved their claims by made contact with their parents to disprove their claims. Several students had their loan payments stopped and then some are said to have dropped out of university despite no findings of fraud against them.

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Too hot? In 1858 a heatwave turned London into a stinking sewer

bbc education - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 13:35
Temperatures hit the 30s and there were no proper drains, bringing flies, disease and panic.
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Japanese Medical School Accused of Rigging Admissions to Keep Women Out

NYTimes - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 12:11
Tokyo Medical University was reported to have secretly skewed test scores out of the belief that women were more likely to drop out of the profession.
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Why are so many academic conferences hostile to women? | Anonymous academic

the guardian - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 09:30

We’re not only patronised and harassed. I attended a venue in a rough neighbourhood, where delegates were physically threatened

I had looked forward to our association conference for months. I would be reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, visiting a new city, and hearing about exciting work in my field. In many respects, the event exceeded my expectations, with the kind of warm, collegial atmosphere that one hopes to find at every conference but seldom does. Yet anyone could see that something was wrong.

At the end of the day, the atmosphere was tense. Clusters of women huddled together in the hotel lobby, planning their routes home together, ordering taxis and sharing anecdotes of the street abuse they’d faced during the day.

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Food banks appeal for help to feed children during school holidays

the guardian - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 08:01

Trussell Trust raises alarm about shortage of donations

Calls have been made for the public to donate to their local food bank during the summer holidays owing to increasing demand from families who rely on free school meals during term time.

The Trussell Trust, an anti-poverty charity, said an increase in food bank use over the summer was driven by a rise in demand by children, as it released figures from its network of more than 420 food banks across the country.

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'They hadn’t eaten all day': food banks tackle holiday hunger

the guardian - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 08:00

Gap in school meals provision means demand spikes during summer just as donations dry up

It was around January this year that Sid Taylor first began to notice that children attending the youth club where he worked in Salford were going hungry. “They’d tell us they hadn’t eaten all day and we realised that it was a need in the local area,” he said.

Staff at the club, in Little Hulton, started offering the children eggs or beans on toast, often paying for it out of their own pocket. “I got my slow cooker out and started making stews and they loved it,” said Taylor. “I realised we were getting them to eat really healthy things, things 12-year-olds would normally turn up their noses at.”

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Parents who saved their only child by giving her away

bbc education - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 03:01
Jewish parents in the Netherlands under the Nazis rescued their children by handing them to strangers.
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‘All I Did Was Be Black’: Police Are Called on College Student Eating Lunch

NYTimes - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 23:55
The Smith College student, Oumou Kanoute, had been sitting in a common area when a staff member reported her. The college’s president apologized.
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