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Book clinic: what can I read to look cultured when I go to Cambridge?

the guardian - Sat, 17/08/2019 - 20:00
Zadie Smith and Martin Amis will give you something interesting to contribute to any conversation

Q: What books should I read before I start university? I am going to Cambridge and don’t want to seem uncultured compared with all the posh people!
Post-A-level student

A: Johanna Thomas-Corr, critic and writer, writes:
As someone who was intimidated by all the private-school kids at my university, I wish I had known what they seemed to know: that essays needn’t be a chore. Martin Amis’s latest collection, The Rub of Time, covers everything from John Travolta and porn to Donald Trump and Princess Diana and displays the kind of brainy swagger that you’ll encounter a lot. Or try Feel Free, a collection of thought experiments by state-school student and Cambridge wonderkid Zadie Smith about Renaissance art, Jay-Z, climate change and Prince’s dance moves. She makes thinking fun.

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Nisha, 24 ans, l’envol grâce à l’intelligence artificielle

lemonde_edu - Sat, 17/08/2019 - 19:00
Deuxième chance (6/6). Un bac S, un début d’études scientifiques, puis de formation dans l’enseignement… Nisha s’est finalement révélée dans le codage numérique grâce à une école en région parisienne et un partenariat avec Microsoft.
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Five-pound notes and free pints used to lure students into gambling

the guardian - Sat, 17/08/2019 - 16:26
Undergraduates are being offered cash and drinks to sign up to betting apps

Students at prestigious UK universities are being recruited to promote betting apps on campus and, in some cases, are handing out free cash to entice others to gamble.

An investigation by the Observer has found that students are being headhunted by marketing agencies that claim they are working on behalf of betting companies.

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£6,000 a year for a room? If I were a student, I’d probably go on strike too | Patrick Collinson

the guardian - Sat, 17/08/2019 - 09:00

Rents paid by university students have been rising by about double the rate of inflation for years

When did it become acceptable to treat university students as a cash cow, milked for absurd rents that bear little relation to the underlying cost of the accommodation?

Rents charged to first-year students have risen at around double the rate of inflation year after year. The hundreds of thousands of fresh undergraduates heading into halls this September can expect to pay well over £6,000 for even basic single rooms. At the start of this decade, the typical student rent was equal to just over half the maximum available cash they could obtain in loans and grants. Today that has soared to 73%, and it continues to rise.

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University – you know the fees, but what about the costs?

the guardian - Sat, 17/08/2019 - 09:00

You’ve got the grades and you’re heading for college. Now get ready to pay the bills

How much will you really spend in your first year at university? Accommodation costs at universities have soared in recent years, while everyday living costs continue to march upwards. As we explore here, rich students are being lured by super-luxe developments charging annual rents of above £20,000. Below we set out what a more typical student may spend on a room, the likely monthly costs for essentials such as food and studying materials – and work out what parents will have to stump up on top of the loans and grants.

Rent: Expect to spend about £600 a month
The typical student will pay around £140 a week for university-supplied accommodation in their first year, so expect to cough up a total of nearly £6,000 for a 40 to 42-week academic year, with London averages closer to £8,000.

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Super deluxe student accommodation for wealthy parents

the guardian - Sat, 17/08/2019 - 09:00

The days when all students lived in pretty much the same standard of digs has long gone

Rich parents are being chased by universities offering super-luxe accommodation more akin to a boutique hotel than traditional digs – with annual rents topping £20,000.

The Stay Club, Colindale, London: £10,086-£20,604
“Live your life like a movie star”, says the blurb at this north London student development offering “luxurious club suites”. Neon graphic art decorates huge community spaces, penthouse rooms give panoramic views over the capital from the 19th floor, and guests have access to a “vibrant roof terrace”. The drawback? Colindale is in London’s outer zone 4, and a half-hour journey into town.

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The Guardian view on A-levels: end the guesswork in university admissions | Editorial

the guardian - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 20:30
Universities must now pick students without knowing their exam results. This is unfair and inefficient. It must change

This week’s A-level results will have disappointed some students, but despite that there may in one sense never be a better time to be a UK teenager who wants to go on to higher education. It is true that unlike previous generations they will be saddled with debts and repayments of one type or another. But the recent massive expansion in higher education, unleashed by the government’s reforms in 2015 allowing unlimited recruitment, as well as the lack of alternatives and the decline in the number of school leavers, means that for now and the next two or three years, sixth formers clutching A-level certificates and equivalent qualifications will be in high demand.

A symptom of that demand are the generous offers being made by institutions to attract students at all stages of the admissions process. Since cutting tuition fees puts off students fearing a cut-price education, universities are instead offering incentives in various forms, as well as offering bursaries to support those students whose family circumstances mean they would otherwise be unable to afford to go. Hence the record numbers of applicants from so-called low-participation neighbourhoods, to use the sector’s obscure proxy for measuring disadvantage.

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Edinburgh limits pupil climate strike approval to once a year

the guardian - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 20:29

Activists vow to keep on after council votes to authorise only one day’s school absence

Young activists have vowed to keep protesting in Edinburgh despite the city council saying it will only authorise pupils to miss school once a year to attend climate strikes.

Pupils have been attending protests on Fridays outside the Scottish parliament on an ad hoc basis after the council granted permission in March.

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University applications from 18-year-olds at record high

the guardian - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 20:16

Some institutions resort to unusual tactics amid fierce competition for students

Almost a third of all 18-year-olds in Britain have applied for undergraduate courses this year, a record high spurred on by aggressive marketing campaigns.

A day after A-level results were published in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the admissions service Ucas said more students than ever before had obtained places through its clearing process – 17,000 out of the 210,000 UK students who gained places, a 15% rise from the same point in 2018.

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Dating sim meets survival horror: the game that exposes pick-up artists

the guardian - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 20:00

A dating sim with a difference, artist Angela Washko’s The Game: The Game exposes the manipulative horror of extreme seduction by getting the player to experience it from the woman’s point of view

It’s Friday night, and it’s been a long day. You’re a young woman walking into a bar, looking for your friends, when a man you don’t know walks up to you, grabs you, and pulls you close. “SPIN,” he says intensely, turning you in a circle. It’s a command, not a request. When you try to pull away, he feigns sadness for a moment, furrowing his brow, and then declares his love for you, a look of pain in his eyes. “Don’t embarrass me,” the man growls, and tries to pull you towards the door, toward a cab, towards his apartment, even as you resist.

Welcome to The Game: The Game, where a dating sim is transformed into survival horror by filtering “romance” through the lens of “pick-up artists”, a lucrative but emotionally deformed community where poorly adjusted and manipulative men teach others how to extract sex from women at all costs. In a traditional dating sim, you’d be presented with a variety of romantic interests, and encouraged to choose the one you like the most. In The Game, as in pick-up artistry at large, it’s not about what you want; instead, you’re presented with several men willing to do a wide range of things to get you into bed, each of them based on a real-life leader in the seduction community, and tailored to his specific approach.

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Maths and tech specialists need Hippocratic oath, says academic

the guardian - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 19:00

Exclusive: Hannah Fry says ethical pledge needed in tech fields that will shape future

Mathematicians, computer engineers and scientists in related fields should take a Hippocratic oath to protect the public from powerful new technologies under development in laboratories and tech firms, a leading researcher has said.

The ethical pledge would commit scientists to think deeply about the possible applications of their work and compel them to pursue only those that, at the least, do no harm to society.

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'Students don't see the value': why A-level English is in decline

the guardian - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 17:35

Emphasis on Stem subjects and dull GCSE course blamed for fewer pupils taking exam

Tim Edwards* is an English teacher in a secondary school in a relatively deprived part of east London. He’s passionate about his subject, but is watching it die in front of his eyes. He’s losing students left, right and centre as they opt for the sciences or maths, and it’s hard to convince their parents of the value of studying Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 gothic novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in the current climate.

A-level results day on Thursday confirmed an alarming trend: that the study of English is in serious decline. Entries for English language plummeted by 22%, while almost 3,500 fewer students sat English literature this year compared to last. Young women who once favoured English A-level are increasingly ditching it and now outnumber their male peers in the sciences. There has however been no traffic in the opposite direction, as young men continue to eschew English in favour of maths, physics and economics.

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Edinburgh youth climate strikers allowed one school day off a year

bbc education - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 15:05
However, no punishment will be levelled at pupils or parents if they choose to strike for a longer period.
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Record number of students seek university through clearing

bbc education - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 14:20
Students snap up record number of university places through clearing a day after the A-level results.
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Packing Christmas cards knocked the pseudo-intellectual snob out of me | Marc Burrows

the guardian - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 13:50
A factory job taught me not to sneer at my Leicestershire village – and even made me proud of where I came from

I finished my A-levels in July of 1999, the summer of the eclipse, the Matrix and, legally, the start of my adult life. The one thing these things had in common was that none of them was visible from the Leicestershire village of Earl Shilton. It’s a place you might describe as “picturesque” or “rural”, as long as you were standing on the outskirts and facing the surrounding countryside. At the time I was more likely to use words like “bleak”, “small” and “decaying, isolated shithole”, but that’s because I was a teenage Manic Street Preachers fan, and we said that sort of thing a lot.

Going to university was something of an unknown quantity in my family, but my parents – unbelievably proud of my offer to study sociology at Loughborough – knew one thing for sure and hammered it home: you got a job in the holidays. It’s just what you did. And I was going to need the money. For the first time since 1962, there was to be no mandatory grant for students (thanks, New Labour!), and though I qualified for support to cover my tuition fees, and a student loan would just about cover the rent for my self-catered, shared room in halls, if I didn’t save any cash I wasn’t going to have any. I knew the student union did pound-a-pint nights, but I’d probably have to eat too.

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Leserdiskussion: Mehr Chancengleichheit durch Kinderbetreuung und Teilzeit?

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 13:15

An deutschen Hochschulen ist der weibliche Anteil in Führungspositionen deutlich geringer als der männliche. Obwohl sie ebenso häufig studieren und beinahe so oft promovieren, machen Frauen seltener Karriere in der Wissenschaft.

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Twin festival in northwest France reaches 25th year

bbc education - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 03:14
The town of Pleucadeuc in northwest France holds an annual festival for twins, now in its 25th year.
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Bournemouth cookery class for young asylum seekers

bbc education - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 02:17
Workshops are teaching young asylum seekers how to cook and improve their English skills.
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Push for Ethnic Studies in Schools Faces a Dilemma: Whose Stories to Tell

NYTimes - Fri, 16/08/2019 - 00:35
A struggle in California, one of three states creating K-12 ethnic studies materials, highlights some of the fraught questions around the discipline.
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Stormzy funding two more Cambridge University places

bbc education - Thu, 15/08/2019 - 23:36
Grime artiste Stormzy pledges to fund two more Cambridge students.
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