Home secretary calls for more ‘flexible, sensible attitude’ to immigration
Sajid Javid has said he wants to see an end to tough rules on overseas students studying in Britain being allowed to stay on in the country to work, arguing for what he called a more “flexible, sensible attitude” to immigration.
In comments that go against Theresa May’s long-standing approach, the home secretary, who is among a crowded field hoping to succeed her, said he would loosen the current rules, which restrict overseas students to six months of work after finishing their studies.Continue reading...
Students say authorities have barred them from reading a text that warns of ‘catastrophic climate change’ for being too political
Schools and colleges across the US have been accused of censoring students who have attempted to use their graduation speeches to speak out on the unfolding climate crisis.
A youth-led movement called Class of 0000 is encouraging students to read out a prepared text at their graduation ceremonies that warns of “catastrophic climate change” and tells elected leaders to “have plan to get to zero emissions, or get zero of our votes”.Continue reading...
University staff network say their opposition to feminist event with speakers critical of transgender reforms was censored
All 12 members of Edinburgh University’s staff pride network committee have resigned after accusing the university authorities of “failing to take a stand against transphobic hate on campus”.
The committee claim that the mass resignation was prompted by the university’s attempts to censor their opposition to a feminist meeting, held on Wednesday evening, which included speakers who have previously been critical of proposed reforms to transgender rights.Continue reading...
Review shows wide variations in admissions across colleges despite improvements overall
The vice-chancellor of Oxford has said her university’s progress in tackling inequality and disadvantage remains slow, despite figures that showed record numbers of women, state-educated pupils and students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds were admitted last year.
The proportion of students from UK state schools rose above 60% for the first time, and more women than men were admitted for the second year in a row. A record number of undergraduates with disabilities also joined the university.Continue reading...
Michael Arthur may reflect “with pride that the university is now on a sound financial footing, with borrowing as a percentage of turnover below the Russell Group average” (The profile: The UCL provost who ‘doesn’t shirk the need for change’, 4 June), but what your article does not mention is that this achievement has been built on the back of massive discrimination against University College London’s outsourced workers, the vast majority of whom are from BAME backgrounds and whose terms and conditions are far worse than those of their mostly white directly employed counterparts.
Nearly all UCL’s cleaners, caterers and security guards receive the legal minimum of holidays and sick pay, and are barred from the generous defined benefit pension schemes available to university staff. While all other adjacent institutions have either brought staff in-house or enhanced their benefits, UCL has steadfastly dragged its heels (despite posting a surplus of £156.4m last year according to its latest annual report). Had Peter Wilby spoken to one of these workers he might well have found a whole host of further reasons for the hostility to Professor Arthur that he describes.
Branch secretary, University of London branch, Independent Workers Union of Great Britain
Die Stadt ist fremd, der Campus überfüllt und wo genau ist Hörsaal B320? Der Anfang an der Uni ist schwer. Doch in jüngster Zeit haben Hochschulen ihre Programme für Erstsemester ausgebaut. So gelingt Uni-Neulingen der Start.
Un jeune Français sur dix éprouve des difficultés à lire selon une étude du ministère de l’éducation
Teachers trying to educate about fascism hit by service’s new policy removing clips glorifying Nazis
YouTube has blocked some British history teachers from its service for uploading archive material related to Adolf Hitler, saying they are breaching new guidelines banning the promotion of hate speech.
The video-sharing website announced on Wednesday that it would remove material glorifying the Nazis from its platform in an attempt to stop people being radicalised. In the process however, it also deleted videos uploaded to help educate future generations about the risks of fascism.Continue reading...
It’s tempting to put these all-important conversations off but the consequences can be dire
It’s 9.15am. The medical team is full of energy and caffeine. We have patients to see, some of whom are on the road to recovery, others who have already been recognised as dying, and some who have uncertain futures. There are three new patients whose condition could worsen at any time. Given their frailty I believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) would be futile. It is now my job to start a discussion about their future care. Three conversations. I take a deep breath.
The trainee doctors are attentive and still learning how to do this. I complete my assessment for the first patient, pause, then open the discussion. My version is not perfect, and it varies. If it does not vary then it shows I am just repeating some learned lines – an impression that is important to avoid.Continue reading...