Progress rate ‘disheartening’, says expert as 2014-17 figure is small improvement on 2006-09
Women are listed as authors of just 30% of academic research from British universities, according to a major new ranking of higher education institutions.
Although the number of women named as authors is gradually increasing, the slow pace was described by one expert as “disheartening”. The 30% figure is for studies published between 2014 and 2017, which is an improvement from an average of just under 26% between 2006 and 2009.Continue reading...
Recruitment figures for psychiatrists and nurses are poor, although there are signs that things may be starting to shift
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At first glance the recruitment and retention statistics for the mental health workforce look grim. Vacancies for mental health nursing – the largest staff group in the sector – account for more than 20% of all unfilled nursing posts in England, while around 9% of UK consultant psychiatric posts remain unfilled. In September 2018, MPs were told that 2,000 mental health staff in England alone were quitting every month. There is little doubt then that the government is way off meeting its target to create another 21,000 new posts in mental health by 2021.
But look a little closer and there are indications that things are starting to shift and that the skilled workforce, so crucial to the delivery of mental health care – which is at the heart of the government’s NHS long term plan – is showing signs of growth.Continue reading...
Ombudsman received more than 80 complaints about lost teaching hours during action
A group of British universities have been told to pay compensation for failing to make up for teaching hours lost during last year’s wave of campus strike action by lecturers and other staff.
The payouts, each worth hundreds of pounds, were ordered by the higher education ombudsman for England and Wales in a string of cases where students complained they had missed out on lectures and seminars or suffered distress from the university’s response.Continue reading...
The exam for barrister trainees could be about to change. Here’s all students need to know about the planned new course
A new-look, two-part bar professional training course (BPTC) which costs 30% less than the current cheapest London option could help reduce financial risks and increase flexibility for students from 2020 – if it gets the go-ahead.
Training to become a barrister is competitive and hugely expensive. Former Bar Council chair Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has estimated that students may spend up to £127,000 to qualify.Continue reading...
Poor communication around the complicated student loan repayment system is leaving graduates confused
Ask most people, whether they’re students, graduates or parents, how teaching at university is paid for and the response will be anything but clear.
Many will have heard that students graduate with “£50,000 of debt” and that their loans attract a high interest rate. You’d need to have really done your reading to know that student loans are subject to repayment thresholds, forgiveness periods and are “income-contingent”. A recent report suggested that just two-fifths of students think they properly understand how student finance works. The interest rate applied to your loan – RPI+0-3% – has no impact on the actual monthly payments you will make. Eighty-three percent of graduates will never repay their loans in full. This is an intentional feature of the system.Continue reading...
As the government tries to curb high exclusion rates in England, one academy trust is proudly ‘on-rolling’ – open to all
Jason Thurley, headteacher at Beacon academy, near Grimsby, leans across the table explaining why yet another of his pupils was excluded before joining the school. “He’d brought in a £1 potato gun. It was at the bottom of his bag and so he goes up to his form tutor and says, ‘I don’t want to get into trouble with this, sir, can you take it?’ And he gets permanently excluded. The school said ‘we have a zero-tolerance policy on firearms’.”
Thurley laughs in disbelief. The same boy is now a year 10 sports leader who helps organise cross-country championships. He’s just one of dozens of pupils who joined the school after being booted out of another one.Continue reading...
Assessed presentations on courses from physics to philosophy are traumatising vulnerable students
Natasha Abrahart, a second-year physics student at Bristol University, killed herself last year on the day she was due to give a big assessed presentation. The 20-year-old, whose inquest is this week, had twice before tried to kill herself at university. Natasha suffered from acute social anxiety and had struggled with presentations in the past.
With employers emphasising the importance of communication skills, assessed presentations are now standard practice on university courses. Natasha was certainly not alone in feeling terrified about this sort of public speaking.Continue reading...
Those who cheer Labour’s plan to end primary school testing forget how we failed pupils in the good old 90s
A few years ago, not long after Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour party, I took part in a packed fringe meeting at the Labour conference. The subject was “Where next for Labour party education policy?”
In response to speeches from the panel, an impassioned young mother spoke movingly about how pressure to perform in primary school tests was destroying her daughter’s love of learning. If only we could get rid of testing, she pleaded.Continue reading...
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Nicolás Maduro appeared on the brink of being forced from power in an uprising plotted by the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. But key figures stayed loyal, allowing the president to begin reprisals. Tom Phillips in Caracas has watched it play out. Plus: Owen Jones on public schools and who gets to go to Britain’s elite universities
Juan Guaidó described his attempted uprising last month as the “final phase” of his plan to oust Nicolás Maduro. But after a day of chaos and confusion in which Guaidó’s mentor, Leopoldo López, was sprung from house arrest, the Venezuelan president was still in power and many of the plotters had gone into hiding.
The Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, is in Caracas and describes to Anushka Asthana the sense of defiance among supporters of Maduro, and Guaidó’s mood of optimism in an exclusive Guardian interview.Continue reading...