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.Continue reading...
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.
• 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.
Die Bologna-Reform sollte das Studieren hochwertiger, kürzer und internationaler machen. Ist das gelungen? Zum 20. Geburtstag der Reform ein Faktencheck.
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.
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”.Continue reading...
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.Continue reading...
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.Continue reading...
Das Ministerium in Saarbrücken räumt ein, dass die Abitur-Aufgaben "etwas zu umfangreich" gewesen seien. Die Zensuren sollen um etwa einen Notenpunkt angehoben werden.
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?
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