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Frenzied battle to snare students as universities fight for survival

the guardian - 5 hours 2 min ago
Predictions that some institutions will collapse amid ‘toughest ever’ competition for applicants

“It’s the toughest year yet,” said Sarah Gordon, head of outreach and engagement at London South Bank University, after a gruelling few days following the publication of the A-level results last week. “There are fewer 18-year-olds, Ucas applications are down on last year and students have more choice.”

Gordon was standing, bleary eyed, in the university’s call centre, where current students were still busy answering inquiries from the most coveted properties in the higher education market: unattached students.

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Row over teaching Fanny Hill highlights threat to freedom of expression

the guardian - 5 hours 2 min ago
Alleged ban on 1748 erotic novel seen as pandering to the sensibilities of a generation of ‘snowflake’ students

On Monday, Vogue’s website, unusually straying into academia, reported: “Eyebrows were raised when the first erotic novel in the English language, Fanny Hill, was dropped from an 18th-century literature course ‘for fear of offending students’.” This followed a headline in the Mail on Sunday: “Erotic novel first banned 270 years ago for describing a young girl’s sexual exploits is censored AGAIN – in case it upsets students.” Both assertions were incorrect, neatly illustrating how freedom of speech so easily slides into the murky realms of Trumpian “post-truth”.

John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, popularly known as Fanny Hill (a play on mons veneris – the mount of Venus) was published in 1748. He began it as a young man working in the East India Company in Bombay in response to a challenge to write what became the first English pornographic novel without using coarse language. He completed it in his 30s, in debtor’s prison, writing to pay for his freedom. He returned to jail soon after, convicted on obscenity charges.

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School exclusion ‘linked to long-term mental health problems’ – study

the guardian - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 23:56
Research shows that exclusions can amplify pupils’ psychological distress and encourage behaviour it intends to punish

Excluding children from school may lead to long-term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a major new study has shown.

The research by the University of Exeter also finds that poor mental health can lead to school exclusion.

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Woman, 90, on sixth degree 'addicted' to studying

bbc education - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 10:03
Joy Gibson, from Stratford-upon-Avon, re-entered academia at the age of 59.
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Secret Teacher: unconditional offers give students no incentive to work hard

the guardian - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 09:00

The notion of university education as a buyer’s market rather than an academic pursuit is a cultural shift many of us were not ready for

When I became the head of sixth-form for a large comprehensive school in 2013, unconditional offers were the holy grail of university admissions. You were more likely to find diamonds on Brighton beach. That same year, the government lifted the cap on the number of university places available; institutions could no longer be fined for taking on more students than allocated by the government. The free market was finally here.

Despite a rise in university fees, the initial result was an increase in the number of applications year after year. The most academically able were being fought over with some institutions using unconditional offers as a way of headhunting the most talented students in a much more competitive arena.

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How to reform student finance? Let’s start with interest rates

the guardian - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 09:00

If it was a bank, we’d brand the 6.1% interest rate shameless profiteering

Student loans are overpriced, badly administered and probably mis-sold. If they were a financial product that we unpick in the Money pages each week, they would more than likely fall into the “worst-buy” rather than the “best-buy” category. Yet well over 200,000 undergraduates will be herded into them in September.

Let’s start with the overpriced interest rate. Supermarket group Asda launched into personal loans this week, promising rates starting at 2.9%. Tesco and Sainsbury’s start just a tad higher at 3%. Meanwhile, the government can borrow on international money markets at just 1.8% for repayment over 30 years. Yet, when it lends the money out through the Student Loans Company, to be repaid in up to 25 years, it applies an interest rate of up to 6.1%. If this were Lloyds or Barclays we’d call it shameless profiteering.

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A free railcard or a £2,000 overdraft? How to pick the best student account

the guardian - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 09:00
Two things are vital to help you make the correct choice – the giveaways on offer and the amount of interest-free overdraft you’ll receive and when

School leavers found out this week which university they will be going to, and over the next month they and their parents will be wondering how on earth they are going to afford it. For many it will be the first time they run a proper bank account and look after their own money. So which account should a fresher choose?

Proximity of the bank and its branches may influence some; others will automatically go with the one their parents are with. But cool-headed students will choose an account on two things: the value of the interest-free overdraft on offer, and whether the giveaways are worth taking.

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Cambridge University Press accused of 'selling its soul' over Chinese censorship

the guardian - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 06:52

Academics and activists decry publisher’s decision to comply with a Chinese request to block more than 300 articles from leading China studies journal

The world’s oldest publishing house, Cambridge University Press, has been accused of being an accomplice to the Communist party’s bid to whitewash Chinese history after it agreed to purge hundreds of politically-sensitive articles from its Chinese website at the behest of Beijing’s censors.

The publisher confirmed on Friday that it had complied with a Chinese request to block more than 300 articles from the China Quarterly, a leading China studies journal, in order “to ensure that other academic and educational materials we publish remain available to researchers and educators” in China.

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A Baseball Manager Retires Again, Knowing It Rarely Sticks

NYTimes - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 02:24
J.D. Droddy has been an Air Force officer, a lawyer, an educator, a playwright, a theatrical producer, a composer and a baseball boss. At 73, he’s looking for something new.
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City Will Move Sidelined Teachers From Limbo to Classrooms

NYTimes - Sat, 19/08/2017 - 01:43
New York pays more than 800 teachers without permanent jobs, now it plans to put them into school vacancies, whether principals want them or not.
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Cambridge University Press blocks readers in China from articles

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 21:14

Academics and contributors dismayed after hundreds of CUP articles in China Quarterly become inaccessible in country

Cambridge University Press has blocked readers in China from accessing hundreds of academic articles – including some published decades ago – after a request by Chinese authorities, arguing that it did so to avoid its other publications from being barred.

The publisher confirmed that hundreds of articles in China Quarterly, a respected scholarly journal, would be inaccessible within China, after a letter from the journal’s editor protesting against the move was published.

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Trump could lose honorary law degree after Charlottesville remarks

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 18:54
  • Lehigh University considers rescinding president’s doctor of laws status
  • Robert Gordon University took back Trump’s honorary business degree in 2015

One of the three universities to give Donald Trump an honorary doctorate is considering whether to revoke it in the wake of his controversial comments about the violence in Charlottesville last weekend.

The board of trustees at Lehigh University – based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – will decide whether to rescind the president’s doctor of laws status when it next convenes in October.

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Experts attack Channel 4's 'exploitative' Child Genius

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 17:07

Wendy Berliner of Education Media Centre says she is ‘horrified’ by programme that purports to identify Britain’s cleverest child

Child Genius, the Channel 4 series that will claim to identify the country’s cleverest child, has been compared to a circus exploiting children by educational experts and criticised as a “missed opportunity” by an authority on gifted children.

The current series has repeatedly run into controversy. Its makers were accused of putting children as young as nine years old under pressure akin to child abuse. Parents were also accused of pressuring their children and of cheating to help them improve their scores. And viewers have targeted the young contestants for getting upset when they fail to perform as well as they hoped.

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Cambridge University Press Removes Academic Articles on Chinese Site

NYTimes - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 15:45
The Chinese authorities had ordered the publishing house to censor more than 300 articles related to sensitive issues or its site risked being shut down.
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Wie sollten Bund und Länder dem Lehrermangel begegnen?

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 15:31

Die Diskrepanz zwischen Stellen und Bewerbern sei so groß wie seit 20 Jahren nicht mehr, sagt der Präsident des deutschen Lehrerverbands. Diese Zuspitzung ist vor allem auf den gestiegenen Bedarf an Lehrern zurückzuführen. Außerdem gebe es insgesamt mehr Schüler. Sollten Lehrer nach Bedarf ausgebildet werden?

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Fewer UK students gain place on degree course, Ucas figures show

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 14:11

Compared with this time last year, 20,700 fewer candidates gain entry, though higher number succeed during clearing

The number of students accepted on to degree courses at UK universities is down 1.3% compared to last year, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

The latest Ucas figures show that 437,070 people from the UK had found courses as of midnight, about 20,700 fewer than had been placed at the same point last year.

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Clearing placements at five-year high, early figures show

bbc education - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 14:04
New figures show record numbers placed through clearing as universities seek to fill places.
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If degree apprenticeships are to widen access, we need to raise awareness | Petra Wilton

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 12:21

Degree apprenticeships are a great tool in improving life chances for disadvantaged students. But they need to know they exist

  • Petra Wilton is director of strategy at the Chartered Management Institute

Newspaper headlines this week have been dominated by A-level results and the fall in university acceptances. But few talked about the alternative higher education routes available to these student – specifically degree apprenticeships. These valuable programmes could play a major role in widening participation in higher education, plugging the UK’s widening skills gap and closing the gap in attainment levels of the richest and poorest students. Yet awareness of them is still unacceptably low. This needs to change.

Related: BTec results are out too – let's give these students the attention they deserve

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Clearing: how to book a campus visit

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 11:00

Not sure which clearing offer to commit to? Sign up for an open day or two

Are you weighing up several clearing offers? Perhaps you’ve found the perfect course, but aren’t sure you’ll like the university itself, or the city it’s in? Either way, paying a visit or two to prospective universities will put you in a much better position to make an informed choice.

Booking to attend an open day is straightforward. Students are often informed about when they can visit when they go through clearing, and many unis allow you to book online. Some pull out all the stops to entice potential students. Queen’s University Belfast not only wooes the next set of first-years with free or subsidised flights to its clearing week, but also promises personalised one-to-one tours of the campus. “From the moment students arrive on campus during clearing week they’ll be treated like a VIP,” says Anthony McGrath, domestic student recruitment manager at Queen’s. “Clearing week can be stressful for some students, but we try to make it as exciting as possible.” Other institutions, including the University of Plymouth, offer visitors free accommodation the night before open day.

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Beware the temporary academic contract, it's not always as it seems

the guardian - Fri, 18/08/2017 - 09:30

I leapt at the chance to take on a full-time temporary role. Until my place at the bottom of the hierarchy was revealed

When I received the phone call from the chair of the English department offering me a job at my local college in the US, I was beyond elated. I remember him saying, “Now, this is a full-time temporary position. I don’t know why they do that. It’s pretty much the same as full-time, you’ll just get paid a little less.” It seemed OK to me, as a struggling part-timer looking for a way in.

I soon realised it was not the same. At all.

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