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Foreign students who stay to work in UK pay £3.2bn in taxes – study

2 hours 27 min ago

Report finds highly qualified, non-British graduates do not take jobs from local residents

International students who stay and work in the UK after graduation contribute £3.2bn in extra tax revenues, research has revealed.

The first major report into the boost overseas students give the economy found non-UK graduates do not take jobs from local residents, because they largely obtain work in highly qualified areas such as economics or science, or in sectors that suffer acute shortages, such as teaching and nursing.

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Students occupy Goldsmiths in protest at institutional racism

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 21:59

Campaigners say university failed to respond adequately to racist abuse of student elections candidate

Students have occupied a key building at Goldsmiths, part of the University of London, demanding an institution-wide strategy to tackle racism which they say is undermining the experiences of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students.

Protesters belonging to Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action began their occupation of Deptford town hall more than a week ago, after a candidate in the student elections complained she had been subjected to racist abuse.

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Cambridge University rescinds Jordan Peterson invitation

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 19:41

Offer of visiting fellowship to controversial professor resulted in backlash from faculty and students

Cambridge University has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson, the self-styled “professor against political correctness”, after a backlash from faculty and students.

Peterson, a psychology professor from Toronto who has courted controversy for his views on transgender rights, gender and race, announced on Monday via his YouTube channel that he was joining Cambridge for two months.

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Lives are ruined by shame and stigma. LGBT lessons in schools are vital | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 19:17

Forget the parent protests. Children need to be taught that their identities are valid – and Andrea Leadsom needs to apologise

One of the most dangerous and destructive things in the world is shame. Shame can burrow into you so deep that it shrinks the brain and constricts the heart.

Related: Parents complain to Manchester schools about LGBT lessons

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Driver arrested in Milan after allegedly setting school bus on fire

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 17:20

Bus driver allegedly set vehicle alight with 51 children on it and said: ‘Nobody gets off here alive’

The driver of a school bus has been arrested in Milan after allegedly setting the vehicle on fire with 51 children onboard.

One of the children called the police after the driver stopped the bus on a highway in the outskirts of the city, Italian media reported.

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Essay mills prey on vulnerable students – let's stamp them out | Chris Husbands

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 13:41

Universities alone can’t stop the rise of essay mills. We need support from the government and tech firms to defeat them

In the 1990s, there was enormous optimism around how the internet would connect people and make knowledge available to all. Fast forward twenty years, and identity theft, cybercrime, online bullying and appalling sexual exploitation have become everyday news stories. Increasingly, it’s the perversions of the internet which dominate our thinking.

For universities, the digital world’s most concerning development is the spread of essay mills. They’re not new: it’s always been tempting for some students to pay someone to do their work for them. But the internet has vastly eased the relationship between customers and suppliers, fuelling the growth of these essay mills.

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Pilot, lawyer, medic: meet the people who turned video game careers into real ones

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 10:00

Games can offer a window on to other jobs as well as other worlds. Three players explain how their favourite games guided working life choices

Back in 2016, the current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that his interest in the managerial aspect of the beautiful game came from a video game. Having led an illustrious career as a United striker, famously the super-sub who scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champion’s League final, it was Solksjaer’s experience with team sim Football Manager that encouraged him to continue a football career after he hung up his boots.

He’s not the only gamer who ever discovered a real-world passion through playing. Games can often offer a window on to other careers as well as other worlds, and sometimes inspire people to explore options they’d never considered before. Here, three video-game fans explain how their favourite games guided their real-life careers.

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Academics: it's time to get behind decolonising the curriculum

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 09:00

It’s been four years since the first Rhodes Must Fall protests, yet people misunderstand what decolonising reading lists means

Students at British universities are increasingly calling for their reading lists to include more black and minority ethnic (BAME) writers. But four years after the first Rhodes Must Fall protest in South Africa, the campaign for decolonising the curriculum still faces scepticism and resistance.

Related: Students want their curriculums decolonised. Are universities listening?

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Hinds calls on students to report peers who use essay-writing services

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 02:01

Education secretary urges tech firms to block payments and ban ads for ‘essay mills’

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has called on university students to report their peers if they suspect them of cheating as part of a government crackdown on essay writing services.

Students who are found guilty should face severe consequences, he said, including being kicked off their courses. He urged universities to get their students to sign “honour codes”, making a pledge not to cheat.

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Parents complain to Manchester schools about LGBT lessons

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 20:15

Complaints to seven primaries follow suspension of lessons at some Birmingham schools

Primary schools in Manchester have been contacted by parents unhappy over sex and relationships lessons that teach children about LGBT rights, in the wake of similar classes being withdrawn in Birmingham after protests.

The Guardian understands that parents at seven primary schools have contacted school management to discuss the inclusion of the lessons in the curriculum.

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The judges’ decision: finalists for the Guardian University Awards 2019

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 14:59

Here are the universities that really stood out for our judges and made it onto the final shortlist in each category

We’ve selected the finalists for this year’s Guardian University Awards in each category, helped by our expert judges from across the higher education sector. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 10 April.

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School climate strikes: 1.4 million people took part, say campaigners

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 10:56

Activist Greta Thunberg, 16, says action proved ‘no one is too small to make a difference’

More than 1.4 million young people around the world took part in school strikes for climate action, according to environmental campaigners.

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student whose solo protest last August prompted the global movement, said: “We proved that it does matter what you do and that no one is too small to make a difference.”

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Erasmus scheme in chaos as UK students left in limbo

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 09:15

The 17,000 students about to do a year abroad face huge uncertainty over funding and accommodation

For Alice Watkins, a Manchester University student, a year in Paris, then Madrid, as part of her degree was a dream. Now, with the turmoil of Brexit, she is preparing to arrive in France this summer with nowhere to live and no idea whether the money will still be there to support her.

“It’s horrible not knowing,” Watkins says. “We’ve been told to take at least £1,200 of our own cash to cover us for the first six weeks, and that we can’t realistically sort any accommodation before we arrive. Turning up abroad with nowhere to live is a big stress.”

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‘A riskier place to go’: academics avoid conferences in Brexit Britain

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 09:00

Visa uncertainty and worries about research funding mean overseas delegates are wary of UK venues

The 29th of March will be significant for Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies – and not just for the obvious reason. The day the UK is due to leave the EU is also the opening of its second annual conference.

It will be the third conference Alex de Ruyter, the centre’s director, has attended in the past year and he is well aware of worries about what will happen to such events in future. “There is a concern about participation of European academics,” he says. “What will happen with freedom of movement – and European research funding?”

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While the UK government runs down schools, other countries pour money into theirs | Laura McInerney

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 08:45

China has committed £22bn to education technology research; Britain has given less than £1m

Growing up in northern England I learned that while politicians will always do stupid things, you can’t let it get you down. Sure, the government might be ready to walk the country off a cliff – like they did to my little industrial hometown in the 1980s – but it’s only when they affect your hope, as well as the economy, that you’re truly sunk.

Related: Ministers won’t give schools more money until they are visibly falling apart – ask George Osborne | Laura McInerney

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Do it yourshelf: the Jakarta libraries with book nooks on tuk-tuks

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 08:00

Inventive Indonesians are coming up with new ways to get scarce reading materials into the hands of youngsters

With a great heave, a young man pushes the ancient, three-wheeled rickshaw down a ramp and it splutters to a start. The driver, Sutino “Kinong” Hadi, laughs as he putters his tiny Bemo in a loop outside a preschool in Tanah Abang, in central Jakarta. It’s all the signal the children need; around 20 flood out to envelope the car, pulling at hangings, clambering into the front seat. It’s an exciting time: their library has arrived.

Kinong is one of thousands of Indonesians who have opened their own library in their own communities. Estimates suggest there are thousands of such libraries in Indonesia, started by ordinary people with great initiative to address the lack of books in their area and funded by occasional donations.

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No-deal Brexit could mean £130m hit to research budgets

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 02:01

Universities say vital projects are ‘days from stalling’ as EU grants could be lost

Universities have raised the alarm about the potential loss of hundreds of millions of pounds worth of EU grants from the UK in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

They warned that life-changing research “could be days away from stalling” and urged the government to set up contingency plans to protect UK access to research funding.

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England’s post-16 qualifications to be streamlined

Τρίτη, 19/03/2019 - 02:01

Education secretary to launch consultation to check courses are fit for purpose

The government is planning to streamline post-16 qualifications in England, scrapping funding for what it sees as poor-quality courses that fail to equip young people adequately for further education or employment.

In addition to A-levels and the new T-level vocational qualifications, there are 12,000 post-16 qualifications available, many of which overlap in the same subject areas, causing confusion among students and employers.

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Securing a future for humanities: the clue is in the name| Letters

Δευτέρα, 18/03/2019 - 21:23
Prof Joe Smith, director of the Royal Geographical Society, Prof Sir David Cannadine, president of the British Academy, and Prof Norman Gowar respond to a Guardian editorial

Your editorial in defence of the humanities (13 March) is well timed and well argued. The UK needs the contribution of Stem graduates and that made by graduates with knowledge, skills and understanding gained through study of the humanities and wider social sciences. And geography, a subject that is a humanity, a social science and has part Stem designation in higher education, is well placed to make such a contribution.

For example, the cabinet office’s geospatial commission estimates that UK plc can gain £11bn through the better use of the geospatial data held by organisations including the Ordnance Survey, Land Registry and the Hydrographic Office. Yet this can only be achieved if we have enough graduates trained to understand how such data can be used to benefit our communities, environments, businesses, and policy decisions – training which is provided through the study of geography.

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The Guardian view on special educational needs: segregation is not the answer | Editorial

Δευτέρα, 18/03/2019 - 21:05
As the proportion of SEN children in alternative schools continues to rise, it’s time to stand up for inclusion

A showdown between parents of children with special needs and the government is coming. Three families from different parts of England have won the right to a judicial review of the funding allocated to local authorities to fulfil their obligation to educate the 253,680 young people in England with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) – or “statement” – and the 1,022,535 other children also entitled to some form of SEN support. Such budgets have been stretched beyond breaking point, while the number of children assessed as having special needs has increased for two years in a row until these groups now form 14.6% of the school population – with autistic spectrum disorders the most common type of need for pupils with a statement.

In December the Local Government Association predicted a funding shortfall of £1.6bn by 2020/21. Paul Whiteman of the National Association of Headteachers believes the code governing special needs education has been reduced to an “empty promise”. Yet so far the response from ministers has served to underline the problem rather than solve it. This is because, while additional resources are urgently needed, there is another aspect to the special needs crisis in England. Namely, that decades of progress towards an inclusive model in which, as far as possible, all children are educated together, are being rolled back.

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