Ministers and unions dig in amid widespread strike action across UK
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by Heather Stewart, Richard Adams and Peter Walker
11h ago
Little prospect of breakthrough as strikes hit schools, trains, universities and border posts Unions and the government appear as far apart as ever after widespread strike action closed or partly closed more than half of schools across England and Wales. Striking workers from participating unions held rallies in cities including Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham and London on Wednesday as teachers, university staff, rail workers and civil servants stopped work to demand better pay ..read more
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How to dislodge the posh clique that rules Britain | Letters
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by Guardian Staff
11h ago
Simon Bull asks for discrimination against the state-educated to be outlawed, and other readers write on Oxbridge and Eton domination Like John Harris, I went from a comprehensive school to Oxbridge, and my experience was very similar to his (To understand the Zahawi story and Tory sleaze, look no further than Britain’s posh cliques, 29 January). The consequences of this for all in society are becoming increasingly clear. It puzzles me very greatly that in an era when we have rightly banned direct and indirect discrimination in many forms, discrimination against the massive majority of the pop ..read more
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UK curbs on international student visas would be ‘act of economic self-harm’
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by Richard Adams, Education editor
17h ago
University leaders fear billions being lost as a result of battles within government over immigration policy Vice-chancellors fear billions of pounds could be lost because of new restrictions on international students, the result of internal government battles over immigration policy. University leaders have been briefed that No 10 may side with the Home Office in supporting restrictions on international students applying to UK universities that could amount to “an act of economic self-harm”, despite strong opposition from ministers and officials from various departments ..read more
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Elite universities aren’t hotbeds of ‘wokery’: our research shows they’re rife with racism and classism | Kalwant Bhopal and Martin Myers
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by Kalwant Bhopal and Martin Myers
3d ago
In both the US and the UK, students described being told that they were beneficiaries of affirmative action It has become common, in some circles, to view elite universities as places of left-leaning “wokery”. A recent Daily Mail article ranked higher education institutions according to their penchant for promoting a range of “politically correct” tropes – and placed Cambridge and Oxford in the top spots. In talking to students in the UK and the US as part of our research for a new book, we found that this was a deliberate mirage. Beyond the culture wars caricature, universities such as Harvar ..read more
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UK business groups call for more foreign-language teaching in colleges
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by Anna Bawden
3d ago
Exclusive: Report reveals postcode lottery as barely half FE institutions offer some form of language teaching Business groups and language experts are calling on ministers to make linguistic skills a core part of vocational training, after research found young people are unable to study languages at large numbers of further education colleges. A report by the British Academy published on Monday, shows that despite the importance of linguistic skills in many jobs, the ability to learn French, German or Spanish, let alone less common languages, has become a postcode lottery ..read more
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‘We’re on permanent catch-up’: how Covid has changed young Britons’ lives
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by Amelia Hill
3d ago
Young people across the UK reflect on how the pandemic affected them – and continues to shape their futures In the next phase of the Guardian’s Covid Generation series, young people from across the UK continue to analyse how the pandemic is still affecting their lives and their plans for the future, 18 months after the end of the third national lockdown ..read more
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‘They miss out’: soaring rents and insufficient support force more uni students to live with parents
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by Caitlin Cassidy
4d ago
‘Generational shift’ in share accommodation as housing crisis puts young people under ‘enormous pressure’ Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast When Amelia Grace Wilson-Williams started her university degree, she didn’t imagine it would be spent bunkering down in the family home. But when the undergrad law student at the University of Technology in Sydney began hunting for rental properties in which to live alone or share with fellow students, she realised it was impossible while studying full time and only relying on her student Centrelink payments ..read more
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Former UK education ministers attack plan to reduce vocational qualifications
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by Richard Adams Education editor
4d ago
Coalition fears DfE may break pledges that only small percentage of qualifications will be replaced by T-levels A coalition of former education ministers has attacked the UK government’s “disastrous” plan to scrap dozens of popular vocational qualifications and push students into taking its favoured new T-levels. David Blunkett, the former Labour education secretary, said he feared that widespread scrapping of qualifications such as BTecs from 2025 could backfire and pead to more 17 and 18-year-olds opting to take A-levels rather than the vital vocational qualifications the country needs ..read more
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‘Hostile takeover’: the tiny Florida university targeted by Ron DeSantis
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by Joseph Contreras in Sarasota, Florida
4d ago
Governor’s latest shot in his war on woke is the shock appointment of rightwing trustees to progressive New College New College of Florida started making history from the day it opened its doors to its first incoming class of 101 undergraduate students in 1964. It was the first institution of higher education in Florida – which was once part of the slave-owning Confederacy – to pioneer an open admissions policy committing the school not to discriminate based on “race, creed, national origin, or cultural status”. The founding principles of the college emphasized freedom of inquiry and the emine ..read more
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Instant noodles and extra jobs: PhD candidates ‘barely scraping by’ on stipends below minimum wage
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by Caitlin Cassidy Higher education reporter
5d ago
Students are pleading for reforms amid rising rent and cost of living, as experts warn research could suffer if people are put off higher study Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast When Maddy Hoffman started her PhD in Perth in 2019, the stipend was $500 a week. The cheapest place she could find to rent was $300 – more than half her weekly income. If it weren’t for her partner, she said her PhD in nuclear radiation simply “wouldn’t have happened ..read more
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