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Medical school vows to train a generation of working-class doctors

the guardian - Sat, 17/11/2018 - 16:59

‘Insurgent’ school at University of Sunderland aims to break class barriers

A medical school at the University of Sunderland is to launch next year with the aim of breaking down social barriers to medicine and training a new generation of working-class doctors.

The university’s vice chancellor, Sir David Bell, likened Sunderland to an “insurgent” in medicine, established under the umbrella of government policy to widen participation in education.

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Scammers target students with fake tax refund emails

the guardian - Sat, 17/11/2018 - 12:33

UK tax authority says thousands have received emails seeking bank details

Thousands of university students have been targeted with fake tax refund emails in an attempt to steal their banking and personal details, HM Revenue and Customs has said.

The tax authority has received thousands of fraud reports over the last few weeks in what it said was the first scam directly targeting university students in such high volumes.

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Sex Assault Rules Under DeVos Bolster Defendants’ Rights and Ease College Liability

NYTimes - Sat, 17/11/2018 - 02:12
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled sexual assault regulations for colleges and universities that bolster the rights of the accused.
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English university given £900k emergency loan by regulator

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 18:49

Revelation comes week after OfS said it would not bail out struggling institutions

A university received a £900,000 emergency loan from the higher education regulator in England this year, it has been revealed, in a move that calls into question claims by the regulator that it would not bail out struggling institutions.

The unnamed university, described only as a “small, modern institution”, was reported by the BBC to have received the emergency loan from the Office for Students (OfS), which this year took over responsibility for regulating England’s higher education sector.

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Why schools are right to ban pupils from wearing designer coats

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 17:43

A headteacher in Merseyside has ruled that jackets by the likes of Canada Goose, Moncler or Pyrenex are off limits. Is she interfering unnecessarily or maintaining a valuable principle?

Just when I thought my trust in authority had hit the skids and would never be restored, a story popped up to remind me: I love headteachers. Woodchurch high school in Birkenhead has banned its pupils from wearing designer coats – the named brands are Canada Goose, Moncler and Pyrenex. It is not because kids are stupid, lose things or steal off each other (or that a big-ticket item more or less guarantees the worst possible result: mothers fighting in playgrounds). Rather, it is because of inequality. If some kids are walking around in £1,000 coats, those who cannot afford to “feel stigmatised, they feel left out, they feel inadequate”, says the school’s headteacher, Rebekah Phillips.

The idea that teachers are all inveterate lefties is a lingering niggle in the culture wars; when Michael Gove labelled the entire profession and all its acolytes “the blob”, his lack of regard didn’t come from nowhere. Education is widely perceived as a hotbed of anti-establishment political radicalism, starting at teacher training college, ending in the inculcation of dangerous socialism into unformed minds. While on the one hand, this is ridiculous – most teachers wouldn’t attend the revolution because they have marking to do – there is an eye of truth to it.

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Betsy DeVos to alter sexual misconduct guidelines to bolster rights of accused

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 16:57

Plans would narrow definition of harassment and allow students accused of misconduct to cross-examine accusers on campus

Betsy DeVos, the US education secretary, is proposing a major overhaul of the way colleges handle complaints of sexual misconduct, narrowing the definition of sexual harassment and increasing protections for students accused of misconduct.

Related: Florida hand recount in progress as Democrats gain House seat in California – live updates

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Should all art students learn to paint and draw?

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 16:22

We’re losing traditional artistic techniques, one critic laments – but others say this view is outdated

In a new paper, What Happened to the Art Schools?, the painter and art critic Jacob Willer claims that today’s fine art degrees do not offer the necessary teaching to produce exceptional artists. Painting and drawing have come to be seen as “no more than art’s old ceremonial vestments”, he writes.

Willer, who visited art schools around the country, says that while the odd talented student stood out for him, the general standard was “depressingly low”. “I would encourage you to look back through the UCL collections to see the quality of paintings that students at the Slade were routinely making in the first half of the last century and you will see for yourself how things have changed,” he says.

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New Zealand students say word 'trivial' in exam confused them

bbc education - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 14:57
More than 2,600 sign a petition over the use of the "unfamiliar word" in a year 13 history exam.
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‘A wall built to keep people out’: the cruel, bureaucratic maze of children’s services – podcast

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 14:00

In a system cut to the bone, gaining access to the support we had been promised for our daughter’s special educational needs was an exhausting, soul-sapping battle

• Read the text version here

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Akli Tadjer: French writer to meet students in school race row

bbc education - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 13:59
An author whose book was rejected by French students because of its Algerian theme is due to meet them.
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« L’école est une machine à reproduire les inégalités »

lemonde_edu - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 13:37
Le Québec et la France doivent-ils revoir leur système éducatif ? Lise Bissonnette et Michel Lussault en ont débattu le 26 octobre lors de la première édition du Monde festival Montréal.
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Comment former les jeunes au monde qui vient ? Un débat du Monde Festival Montréal

lemonde_edu - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 13:35
Au Québec et en France, quelles réponses apporter aux multiples défis du système éducatif ? Lise Bissonnette, Michel Lussault, Normand Baillargeon et Emmanuel Davidenkoff en ont débattu le 26 octobre lors de la première édition du Monde Festival Montréal.
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La hausse de l’école privée « hors contrat » se poursuit

lemonde_edu - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 13:01
Les statisticiens du ministère de l’éducation ont recensé 4 700 élèves de moins dans les écoles privées sous contrat avec l’Etat, mais 6 600 de plus dans le secteur dit « hors contrat ».
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Bullying has an impact which lasts years. I know - I’ve been a victim | Anita Sethi

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 11:00
Depression, anxiety, panic attacks - it’s a major risk factor for mental health in adulthood. This Anti-Bullying Week, let’s encourage empathy and kindness

A scene that often replays in my mind is being 13 years old, curled up in the foetal position on the floor and being kicked in the ribs. I’m screaming but then my voice catches and becomes a silence that sticks as a lump in the throat that stays there for years.

Bullying – which can be physical, mental, emotional, verbal – can steal a lot, including our confidence and self-esteem. It can also steal language, the ability to express what we have experienced.

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Integrated school to use transfer tests

bbc education - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 09:11
Strangford Integrated College wants to use academic selection tests to admit more than one third of its pupils.
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UK government urged to halt academic brain drain to tech firms

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 09:00

Imperial professor calls for tighter regulation on the salaries that tech companies can offer to researchers at Guardian event

Universities are struggling to hold on to researchers specialising in new technologies because companies such as Google and Facebook are offering hugely inflated salaries, according to a professor of artificial intelligence at Imperial College London.

Maja Pantić told a Guardian event that in emerging fields such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, new materials and bioengineering, tech companies are offering “crazy” salaries which universities cannot compete with. She estimated that 10% of academics in these areas are being lost to the private sector.

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The UK's strength in science is because of the EU – not in spite of it | Anthony Forster

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 09:00

Maintaining a close relationship with the remaining EU countries is crucial to the continued success of UK universities

Brexit negotiations may be in turmoil, but UK universities need the government to encourage even stronger links with the remaining 27 member states in the European Union, no matter how we finally decide to leave. We must ensure the UK remains a beacon of scientific excellence, driving improvements in productivity, job creation and growth.

Related: It's a harmful myth that UK science can't translate ideas into practice | David Gann and Nick Jennings

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Students say they don't know what 'trivial' means in exam question fiasco

the guardian - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 06:13

Some year 13 New Zealand students who took history exam said they should not be penalised for getting confused

New Zealand high school students have demanded examiners ignore that they don’t know what the word “trivial” means, after it appeared in a final-year exam and left many confused.

Some students who took the year 13 history exam claimed the “unfamiliar word” was too hard, and the exam should now be marked according to each student’s different understanding and interpretation of “trivial”.

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Schools admit informally excluding pupils

bbc education - Fri, 16/11/2018 - 02:45
A dozen schools have admitted informally excluding pupils at some stage last year, the BBC has learned.
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Glasgow School of Art chair says building management 'exemplary'

the guardian - Thu, 15/11/2018 - 19:50

Muriel Gray refutes claims school jeopardised safety of Mackintosh site by holding tours after 2014 fire

The chair of Glasgow School of Art, Muriel Gray, has defended the management of the Mackintosh building – which was gutted by fire in June – as “exemplary”, while acknowledging that she could have done more to communicate in the immediate aftermath with local residents and businesses affected by the second blaze in four years.

Gray used her appearance at Holyrood’s culture committee on Thursday to insist the art school management was horrified by the experiences of local residents. Some were excluded from their homes and premises for months by the safety cordon imposed by Glasgow city council’s building control, while the painstaking work to stabilise the remaining structure of the devastated building continued over the summer.

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