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Alzheimer's funding boost for Scots scientists

bbc education - Δευτέρα, 03/06/2019 - 02:22
The team from Edinburgh University has received £160,000 to investigate nerve damage caused by the disease.
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F.B.I. Is Said to Be Investigating College Admissions Practices at T.M. Landry

NYTimes - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 23:17
The private school in Louisiana, once celebrated for helping underprivileged and minority students attend elite colleges, is now under federal investigation over its college applications.
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Graduate receives £61,000 over 'Mickey Mouse degree' claim

the guardian - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 21:26

Pok Wong reaches out-of-court settlement with Anglia Ruskin university after suing for false advertising

A graduate who sued her university over her “Mickey Mouse degree” and received a £61,000 out-of-court settlement has said she is not celebrating, and that the amount barely covers her costs, tuition fees and the time spent fighting the protracted battle.

Pok Wong, 30, graduated with a first in international business strategy from Anglia Ruskin University in 2013, but subsequently sued them for false advertising and disputed their claim to offer “high-quality” teaching.

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Missing numbers on Bruce Springsteen’s top 10 albums | Brief letters

the guardian - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 20:20
Birthday theory | Free buses | Value of universities | Bruce Springsteen

I have a theory that people often have similar careers to others who are born on, or close to, the same day. A fairly high proportion of those born in winter are often politicians, lawyers, scientists or businesspeople, whereas a summer birthday tends towards the performing arts. Of the 34 people in your birthdays column (Journal, 29 May) nine were musicians and eight involved in dance or drama.
Patricia Pipe
Saltash, Cornwall

• Mike Smith (Letters, 31 May) should take a trip to London. The new Routemaster buses have offered a free hop-on hop-off service since their arrival in 2012. A goodly number of passengers enter through the middle and rear doors and don’t swipe their Oyster cards. My local number 73 has been christened the Seventy Free.
Tom Uprichard

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Bachelor und Master: Höher, schneller, weiter

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 19:57

Die Bologna-Reform sollte das Studieren hochwertiger, kürzer und internationaler machen. Ist das gelungen? Zum 20. Geburtstag der Reform ein Faktencheck.

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Eltern und Schule: Wer bestimmt, was gut ist fürs Kind?

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 19:36

Seit das Kind im Zentrum der Familie steht, wollen Eltern in der Schule mitreden - oft mehr, als Lehrern lieb ist. Den Titel "Helikoptereltern" haben sie trotzdem nicht verdient, sagt Soziologin Désirée Waterstradt.

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Did I Need to Know What Gender My Nonbinary Interviewees Were Assigned at Birth? Maybe Not.

NYTimes - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 17:06
To write about the debate over adding an “X” option to state IDs, I was trying to better understand how the issue plays out in everyday life.
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'I'm suing my university over Mickey Mouse degree'

bbc education - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 16:28
A graduate sues her university over alleged false advertising in its prospectus.
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Graduate gets £60k payout from university over 'false advertising'

bbc education - Sun, 02/06/2019 - 16:00
The former student sued the university for "exaggerating the prospects of a career".
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Professor who links vaccines to autism funded through university portal

the guardian - Sat, 01/06/2019 - 09:00

Chris Exley, who says aluminium in vaccines may cause autism, has raised more than £22,000

A British professor who has claimed that aluminium in vaccines is linked to autism has raised more than £22,000 to support his work through a Keele University online donations portal, the Guardian can reveal.

Prof Chris Exley angered health experts for claiming that tiny amounts of aluminium in inactivated vaccines, such as the HPV and whooping cough inoculations, may cause “the more severe and disabling form of autism”.

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We need to let people study later in life. Ask my dad | Gaby Hinsliff

the guardian - Sat, 01/06/2019 - 08:00

Not everyone knows what they want to do at 18. So why has the mature student become a dying breed?

This September, one of my oldest friends is going back to school. Three decades on from her last essay crisis, she’ll be back in the land of freshers’ pub crawls and student railcards, in pursuit of a new career that we didn’t even know existed in our 20s. And listening to her talk about summer reading lists, I am seized with an unexpectedly sharp stab of envy. Who doesn’t occasionally dream of turning back the clock and starting over? It should never be too late to experiment with something new, or to unwind decisions blindly made decades ago.

Yet mature students are an increasingly endangered species. A midlife career change like this is a luxury most people who work for a living can’t afford and it’s those who most need to retrain – men and women panicking that their jobs are disappearing from underneath them thanks to technological change, or those who messed up at school and only later came to regret it – who are most firmly stuck. When Philip Augar, the banker appointed by the government to lead a review of further and higher education in England, launched his findings this week, he included plans to resuscitate lifelong learning and was at pains to argue that education beyond 18 shouldn’t just be about teenagers going on to university. But the headlines, inevitably, were all about tuition fees.

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Let’s Hear It for the Average Child

NYTimes - Sat, 01/06/2019 - 03:38
In this season of prizes and trophies, we salute all the students whose talents lie outside the arena.
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Educated and 'estranged': Getting through uni without the bank of mum and dad

bbc education - Sat, 01/06/2019 - 03:33
When student finance doesn’t stretch and you have no parents for help – how do you make it through your degree?
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High court bans Birmingham school protests against LGBT lessons

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 23:36

Birmingham city council wins injunction to stop demonstrations and social media abuse

Demonstrators protesting against primary school children being taught that people of all genders and sexualities should be treated equally have been served with a high court injunction.

Birmingham city council made the application following several weeks of protests outside Anderton Park primary school in the city.

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3 of This Year’s Spelling Bee Winners Are Friends From Dallas

NYTimes - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 22:37
The region, where the boys competed together and became friends, has emerged as something of a spelling juggernaut in recent years.
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The Spelling Bee Crowned 8 Champions, and 3 Are Friends From Dallas

NYTimes - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 22:37
The region, where the boys competed together and became friends, has emerged as something of a spelling juggernaut in recent years.
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Abitur 2019: Saarland verbessert Noten der Mathe-Klausuren

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 22:04

Das Ministerium in Saarbrücken räumt ein, dass die Abitur-Aufgaben "etwas zu umfangreich" gewesen seien. Die Zensuren sollen um etwa einen Notenpunkt angehoben werden.

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Schulpolitik Berlin: Klassenunterschiede

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 21:02

Berlin will sechzig neue Schulen bauen und hat dafür auch jede Menge Geld. Bleibt die Frage: Warum lässt die Stadt die Schulen, die es jetzt schon gibt, so verkommen?

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BGT star David Walliams backs Essex libraries campaign

bbc education - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 19:46
David Walliams put a photograph of himself on social media, holding up a sign saying: "Save Essex Libraries."
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Analysing the purpose and value of universities | Letters

the guardian - Fri, 31/05/2019 - 19:03
Readers debate course structure, tuition fees, mental health, the importance of arts and humanities, and the need to work for a common good

Simon Jenkins asserts that: “A university course has barely changed its three-year structure of lectures, essays and exams in a hundred years” (What are our universities for?, Journal, 31 May). It’s true that the sector remains sceptical about two-year degrees, but teaching and assessment methods on most university courses today would be unrecognisable to anyone who was a student 30 years ago.

Current politics students at Liverpool still attend lectures, submit essays and take exams. But they also analyse election data in computer labs, play the “Legislate!” board game designed for training civil servants, write political speeches, make podcasts on African politics, produce and present weekly radio shows, and undertake placements with MPs and in a range of local organisations. If Simon would like to spend a day sampling teaching at a contemporary university, I’m certain we can arrange something.
Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg
Reader in politics, University of Liverpool

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