Stehen die Zensuren fest, flaut der Unterricht ab: Filme gucken, Ausflüge, Spiele. Eltern ärgert das. Mancherorts greifen nun die Behörden durch, damit die laue Zeit nicht ausufert.
Grill tutors on course specifics or just get a feel for the town vibe on these fact-finding days
Open days are not just a good opportunity for students; they also give family members an insight into university life. But parents shouldn’t try to “relive their youth”, says James Busson, co-director of student recruitment at the University of Sheffield. Instead, they are there to play a supporting role, to help students learn about a university.
So how can you all get the most out of the day?Continue reading...
Die Prüfungen sind geschrieben, die Abiturienten feierlich verabschiedet. Doch die Ergebnisse unterscheiden sich in den einzelnen Bundesländern teils deutlich. Ein erster Überblick.
The soaring number of first-class degrees is a direct result of our marketised university system
Yet again, universities have been blamed for grade inflation. Responding to findings by the universities regulator, the Office for Students, that there has been an “unexplained” 80% rise in first class degrees, the education secretary, Damian Hinds attributed this problem to “unfair practices” by universities. It follows his comments last year that universities “should be accountable for maintaining the value of the degrees they award”, with fines mooted for those which fail to comply.
This displaces the blame. Grade inflation is a product of the government’s university marketisation agenda and neoliberal policymaking in higher education over the past 20 years. Governments dating back to New Labour have placed an increasing emphasis on delivering “value for money” to students. Linked to the political decision to introduce (in 1998) and then treble (in 2010) tuition fees, young people have been encouraged to view their education as a financial investment that should deliver a return – ideally in the form of enhanced labour market prospects. These trends form part of a wider ideology which understands education as a private good and reimagines students as consumers and academics as service providers.Continue reading...
Baden-Württembergs Bildungsministerin buhlt um die Zustimmung von Markus Söder.
Proportion of students awarded first class honours rose by 80% in just seven years
The proportion of university students awarded first class honours has rocketed by 80% in the last seven years, prompting renewed calls from government for an immediate clampdown on grade inflation.
New figures released by the universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), show that 16% of students who graduated from an English university in 2010–11 attained the highest possible degree classification, but by last summer the proportion had gone up to 29%. Over the last year alone the proportion of firsts has increased by more than 2%.Continue reading...
Some failing schools shunted between trusts as sponsors collect millions in grants
More than 300 primary schools across England have been forced to become academies in the last three years against a backdrop of mounting opposition from parents, a Guardian investigation has revealed.
Analysis of government data has shown that 314 schools were forcibly removed from local authority control after being rated inadequate by Ofsted. The Department for Education (DfE) has paid out at least £18.4m to academy trusts for taking on the schools.Continue reading...
A series of mishandled sexual assault cases have shown how university policies aren’t supporting students
The Warwick case is widely referred to as the “rape chat” case. It sounds relatively innocuous on first hearing, but actually refers to a serious case of sexual misconduct including making threats to rape. Many student societies or courses now have large Facebook or WhatsApp chat groups outside of formal university communication systems. The Warwick case involved a chat group with 11 male students, who sent extremely sexually explicit and violent (as well as racist) messages over a long period of time. Messages included references to gang rape and genital mutilation.Continue reading...
I was sectioned until painting changed my life. Now I want to help other people heal through embracing their artistic side
I spent nearly 20 years of my life mentally unwell, detained in various psychiatric hospitals while doctors argued about what was wrong with me. I received numerous conflicting diagnoses which I would add to my growing collection, still feeling unheard and misunderstood.
While I was in Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, I would paint how I was feeling. Suddenly, I would begin to splash paint around my room, on large pieces of paper placed on the floor. It was very messy but incredibly cathartic. I would interpret my pain and torture, and create dashing, blurred, abstract compositions or wonky self-portraits. There seemed to be a metaphysical transition from my illness to the painting. I was never very good at drawing objects or people accurately, but these works would directly and precisely express my illness.Continue reading...
UK higher education is benefitting from tensions between US and China, say experts
Applications from Chinese students to study at UK universities have gone up 30% since last year, with numbers exceeding those from Northern Ireland for the first time, according to official statistics.
The Ucas university admissions agency revealed on Thursday it had received almost 20,000 undergraduate applications from students in China this year (19,760, up from 15,240 in 2018), compared with 18,520 from Northern Ireland. The real figure will be higher as not all Chinese applications are made via Ucas.Continue reading...