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Mental health at university: wellbeing tips for students

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 09:00

The pressures of uni life can take their toll, so students need to know how to take care of themselves – and who to turn to for extra help

There’s so much to be enjoyed at university, but for some people, it can be a time of loneliness, of feeling anxious about examinations, or of being weighed down by worries about finances.

“The first six weeks are the most difficult,” says Ruki Heritage, assistant director of student experience and head of student services at the University of Bedfordshire. She suggests talking to other people who have been to university so that you and your child know what to expect. Think about the kinds of problems your child might face; do they have difficulties with essay deadlines or managing their money? “A lot of students come in [to the wellbeing service] with financial issues that cause distress, when a lot of it could be avoided by learning simple budgeting techniques,” she says.

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The misguided obsession with Stem subjects is to blame for the decline in English A-levels | Laura McInerney

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 08:45
If the government keeps steering students towards science and technology, where will all the English teachers come from?

In possibly the first known incidence of teenagers listening to politicians, it appears that 16-year-olds are rapidly abandoning the study of English. The three types of English A-level have seen their numbers decline by one-fifth over the past three years, with sciences up by the same amount.

Faced with the constant message from the government that science, technology, engineering and maths are everything, teens are opting for these subjects at A-level and university. It started with Nicky Morgan, who, as education secretary, made a speech in autumn 2014 urging young people to study science. “[In the past] if you didn’t know what you wanted to do … the arts and humanities were what you chose because they were useful … We now know this couldn’t be further from the truth. The subjects to keep young people’s options open are Stem subjects.”

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Résultats du baccalauréat 2019 : « L’idéal sacré d’égalité vient d’être bafoué »

lemonde_edu - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 07:30
Un collectif d’enseignants des jurys de bac dénonce, dans une tribune au « Monde », l’action arbitraire du ministre de l’éducation, Jean-Michel Blanquer, qui a permis à des personnels administratifs d’établir les notes, introduisant une inégalité entre les candidats.
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Moon landings: Apollo 11 celebrated in Cambridge University maps

bbc education - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 02:32
Old maps of the Moon and stars celebrate the 50th anniversary of man walking on the Moon.
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Packing for uni: essentials for a happy home

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 01:59

A mix of the practical and the sentimental will cover most of needs at university – and there are always shops ...

As your child heads off for a new independent life at university, you have one last chance to make sure they’re prepared – so when it comes to packing that car you’ll want to make sure every item warrants its space.

First off, check with the university or accommodation provider to find out what they provide – many of the rooms in halls of residence and rented houses will have some of the basics, including a bed, desk, wardrobe, bedside table and chair. Although some unis also provide duvet covers and sheets, you may prefer to splash out on some new linen instead, so it’s essential to know the size of the bed. Given the likelihood of a springy bed, a mattress protector is a sound investment too.

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Fees and funding: ‘Think of your loan as a graduate tax’

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 01:59

A university education won’t come cheap, but you may be entitled to more help than you thought

Biology student Molly Savage struggled to imagine how she’d ever afford university – she knew her parents were too cash-strapped to help. But she’s managed to win £5,000 a year as part of a scholarship scheme targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I was over the moon,” she says. “It’s made a massive difference – I knew I could go to uni without any financial worries. There are so many expenses that crop up, but I haven’t had to ask my parents for any extra money this year.”

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Food management: how to eat on a budget

the guardian - Τρίτη, 16/07/2019 - 01:59

Shop late in the day and cook multiple portions to make the money go further

However tempting the pizzas, cheese toasties and sugary alcoholic drinks are, there are plenty of ways to still aim for a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Here are our top tips:

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Did you solve it? Cheese cube nibbles

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 19:00

The solutions to today’s problems - with cheesy pics!

Earlier today I set you the following four puzzles:

1. You have a cube of cheese that measures 3 x 3 x 3 inches, and you want to slice it into 27 smaller 1 x 1 x 1 inch cubes, as shown below. If you have a straight knife, what’s the minimum number of slices you need to do it? You are allowed to rearrange the pieces after each slice.

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Head of Ofsted calls for greater scrutiny of multi-academy trusts

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 16:53

Amanda Spielman says evaluation system gives only partial view of performance

The chief inspector of schools has called for increased powers to scrutinise multi-academy trusts (Mats), warning that parents and policymakers currently have only a partial view of what is happening in England’s schools.

Amanda Spielman, the head of the schools regulator Ofsted, said trusts were not being held to account properly as her inspectors were not allowed to inspect them.

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Baccalauréat : « C’est l’entêtement du ministre qui a généré ce chaos »

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 15:52
Professeure de lettres à Saint-Denis (93) et présidente de l’association Sauver les lettres, Fanny Capel dans une tribune au « Monde » s’insurge contre le « gigantesque retournement des rôles » qui voit les grévistes du bac accusés d’avoir perdu le sens du service public.
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A Couthures, le journalisme fait école

lemonde_edu - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 10:55
Le Festival international de journalisme a aussi organisé des tables rondes sur le thème « L’école est-elle si nulle ? ».
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The Conservatives look like the party of privilege. We must invest in social mobility | Justine Greening

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 10:00
Emergency funding could tackle unequal access to education and opportunity, ending the bias against poorer young people

The Conservative party can only succeed if it’s in the centre ground of British politics and offers an antidote to Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left Labour party. We must be seen as the party of opportunity, as we were when I was a working-class teenager growing up in Rotherham. Yet the current Conservative party leadership battle – a candidate from Eton pitting himself against one from Charterhouse – makes us look like the party of privilege.

When I was education secretary, I saw first-hand how privilege bias is hardwired into our education system and then beyond into business and careers. Any party committed to equality of opportunity should be determined to change this.

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Ministers too slow to react to LGBT lessons row, says adviser

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 09:36

Sara Khan likens protesters outside Parkfield school in Birmingham to a ‘mob’

Headteachers dealing with protests over LGBT lessons should have been given more support, the government’s chief adviser on countering extremism has said.

Campaigners held banners saying “Don’t confuse our children” and “Let kids be kids” outside Parkfield community school in Birmingham after books featuring same-sex couples were used in a diversity programme.

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Can you solve it? Cheese cube nibbles

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 09:14

The party snack is perfect brain food

Today’s puzzles all concern cubes of cheese. You’ll need to be as sharp as a cocktail stick to skewer them.

1. You have a cube of cheese that measures 3 x 3 x 3 inches, and you want to slice it into 27 smaller 1 x 1 x 1 inch cubes, as shown below. If you have a straight knife, what’s the minimum number of slices you need to do it? You are allowed to rearrange the pieces after each slice.

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I worried my dyslexia would hold me back, until I started a degree apprenticeship | Vida Nicholls

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 09:00

A new report warns that few students even know what a degree apprenticeship is, but it was a lifeline for me

When I first heard about apprenticeships, I thought they were only offered at college level, or in more practical jobs. But then my younger brother Josh started looking into a degree apprenticeship in digital and technology solutions to launch a career in cyber security. I was working in a law firm at the time, but I had a flick through of his degree apprenticeships brochure anyway. I saw a course in management and was instantly intrigued.

I had worried that, having dyslexia, I might potentially have a glass roof over the top of me, as I learn and work in a different way than most people. When I was at school I don’t think they understood dyslexia truly, and instead of finding ways to help me, they would just overlook me or point in the direction of something more “practical” in which I would usually excel. This put me off studying at university, but a degree apprenticeship means that I can access learning in a more practical way.

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Students struggle to support themselves as university rent costs rise

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 09:00

Survey suggests that students feel they lack support from their universities in managing their finances

Students are suffering high levels of financial stress as they struggle to support themselves during term time following a real terms decline in the value of the maintenance loan and the rising cost of rent.

A quarter of students find managing their money stressful, according to a survey of 3,604 students commissioned by NatWest. Although most students receive a means-tested maintenance loan from the government to cover their living costs, nearly half of respondents (43%) said they had run out of money by the end of the semester, while one in three (32%) used their overdraft to cover their rent and household bills.

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'Meritocrat v toff': Johnson's losing battle for the Oxford Union

the guardian - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 08:00

Neil Sherlock recalls a sense of entitlement from his rival in race to become society president

Boris Johnson seemed convinced his charm alone would be enough to secure him the prize, but ultimately he was thwarted by a rival who sought to portray him as a charlatan – only to eventually triumph by changing his political colours completely.

This is not the story of the Conservative leadership candidate’s recent political career, his humbling at the hands of Michael Gove in 2016, or his sudden devotion to the Brexit cause – but of his first forays into student politics about 35 years ago, according to the man who beat him.

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LGBT teaching row: Government 'too slow' to tackle protests

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 08:00
Sara Khan, hired by the government to tackle extremism, says teachers should have had more support.
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Trade negotiators wanted to fill Brexit gap

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 15/07/2019 - 03:43
Liam Fox wants to train new trade negotiators. Opponents say it is a last-minute scramble.
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Israeli Education Minister Advocates Debunked Gay Conversion Therapy

NYTimes - Sun, 14/07/2019 - 21:03
Many called for the dismissal of the new minister, Rafael Peretz, after he endorsed a discredited practice intended to change sexual orientation.
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