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Inquiry call in Robert Gordon University 'cronyism' row

bbc education - Sat, 11/08/2018 - 02:40
A union wants the funding council to look at the appointment of Robert Gordon University's new principal.
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Betriebswirtschaft: Braucht es das BWL-Studium?

sueddeutsche_bild - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 19:59

BWL ist der beliebteste Studiengang an deutschen Hochschulen. Im Beruf konkurrieren die Absolventen jedoch oft mit fachfremden Kollegen, die das Wirtschaften eher nebenbei lernen. Ist die Disziplin überflüssig?

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Female scientists urge research grants reform to tackle gender bias

the guardian - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 15:52

Data shows 90% of engineering and physical sciences funding in UK goes to male-led projects

Leading female scientists are calling for urgent reform of the distribution of research funding after data revealed that almost 90% of grants awarded in the field of engineering and physical sciences over the past decade have gone to projects led by men.

A freedom of information request (FoI) seen exclusively by the Guardian showed that in 2016-17, fewer than 7% of all research grants went to teams led by women – the lowest proportion for 10 years.

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Boris Johnson’s burqa remarks are no surprise – his misogyny goes far back | Robert Verkaik

the guardian - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 15:26

The seeds of his bigotry were sown in Eton and cultivated at Oxford, forming an outlook that is central to his politics

Boris Johnson’s comparison of women to inanimate objects such as letterboxes betrays a kind of misogyny that has become an all too familiar feature of his alpha-male politics.

This is the man who in his first flush of reporting at the Telegraph in 1996 wrote an article about the Labour conference in Blackpool, which he devoted to reviewing the quality of “the hot totty” delegates who were present.

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Scientists launch campaign to overturn gender stereotypes

the guardian - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 14:25

Campaigners aim to raise £15,000 to get book on women’s brains into every school

Two scientists have launched a campaign to get a copy of a book debunking accepted scientific “facts” about women into every state school in the UK.

Physicist Jess Wade, best known as “chief trouble maker at Imperial College London”, and Claire Murray, a chemist and beamline scientist at a UK synchrotron, are raising funds to buy a copy of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Science That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini, which actor Daniel Radcliffe has called a favourite book.

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I'm moving to a less prestigious university – and I'm thrilled | Anonymous academic

the guardian - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 11:53

I’ve experienced colleagues’ snobbishness towards newer universities, but they can offer better, more fulfilling careers

I can already picture the twitch of my colleagues’ raised eyebrows, quivering behind a smokescreen of congratulation. They will ask a rhetorical question such as “what will your teaching load be like?”, because everyone knows that early-career academics taking up a first lectureship in a post-1992 university are burdened with heavy lecturing loads, with no time for developing research or other scholarly activities.

I have studied and worked in some of the UK’s top universities and am more than aware of a strong prejudice against post-1992 universities. I’ve seen this in the disdainful attitudes towards non-Russell Group institutions and those who choose to leave “pure” academic careers.

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Gender Letter: Revolutionary Women Are Coming to a Public Monument Near You

NYTimes - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 22:54
For years, men have made up the vast majority of public monuments in this country. A series of campaigns are now pressing for women to get their (monumental) due.
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'I allow myself a mini-wallow': how to handle rejection in the arts

the guardian - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 18:14

Knock-backs are normal when starting out in the industry. Here, the pros share their advice for dealing with them

When Olivia Gagan landed her dream creative job, she didn’t expect to be fired just a few months later. But at the end of her probation period, in what was to be the biggest rejection of her life, the then 27-year-old was called into a meeting room with her boss and asked to leave the building immediately.

Related: The only way to achieve anything is to become comfortable with rejection. Here’s how | Linda Blair

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Frauen in Japan: Wer heiratet, wird ohnehin nicht Ärztin

sueddeutsche_bild - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 15:08

Die Bosse einer privaten Medizin-Uni in Tokio haben Ergebnisse von Aufnahmetests verfälscht, um mehr Männer zuzulassen. Angeblich, um einem Ärztemangel vorzubeugen.

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Child abuse inquiry: School 'reputations put before abuse victims'

bbc education - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 14:56
Ampleforth and Downside pupils were subjected to "appalling" sex abuse over 40 years, a report says.
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A PhD should be about improving society, not chasing academic kudos | Julian Kircherr

the guardian - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 12:53

Too much research is aimed at insular academic circles rather than the real world. Let’s fix this broken system

When you look at the stats, it’s hard not to conclude that the current PhD system is fundamentally broken. Mental health issues are rife: approximately one-third of PhD students are at risk of having or developing a psychiatric disorder like depression. The high level of dropouts is similarly worrying – and possibly another symptom of the same problem. Research suggests that on average 50% of PhD students leave graduate school without finishing – with numbers higher at some institutions.

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Our schools are broken. Only radical action will fix them | Melissa Benn

the guardian - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 08:00

From failed free schools to poor funding and inequality, education needs drastic reform to create a fairer model

Even for the sceptical, the suddenness and speed with which the academy schools project has fallen from public grace is remarkable. After years of uncritical acceptance of official claims that academies, and free schools, offer a near cast-iron guarantee of a better-quality education, particularly for poorer pupils, there is now widespread recognition of the drear reality: inadequate multi-academy trusts failing thousands of pupils, parents increasingly shut out of their children’s education, and academy executive heads creaming off excessive salaries – in some cases almost three times higher than the prime minister – from a system perilously squeezed of funds.

Crisis can be an overworked term in politics, and our schools are good examples of public institutions, subject to years of poor political decisions, that continue to do remarkable work. But along with the academy mess, we can add the following to the current charge sheet of what should be (along with the NHS) our finest public service: pressing problems with recruitment and retention of teachers; rocketing stress among young children and teenagers subject to stringent testing and tougher public exams; and the ongoing funding crisis.

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Are 20-somethings happier than their parents?

bbc education - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 03:16
A study on wellbeing finds 20-somethings feel more distant from friends and family.
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Early years teacher gaps 'risk children's futures'

bbc education - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 03:03
Save the Children says there are 11,000 too few early years teachers working across England.
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Asbestos in a Crayon, Benzene in a Marker: A School Supply Study’s Toxic Results

NYTimes - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 00:52
A public interest group tested 27 back-to-school products and found dangerous chemicals in four of them.
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Bodies in Birmingham exhibition could be executed Chinese prisoners, says doctor

the guardian - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:04

Real Bodies show at NEC leads to call for an investigation into exhibits’ identities

The bodies of 20 Chinese people featured in a UK museum exhibition could be those of prisoners once detained in labour camps, and victims of the death penalty in China, according to a leading doctor.

The Real Bodies exhibition, currently at the Birmingham NEC, publicly displays the skinless preserved bodies. But there are now calls for an investigation into their identities and cause of death to be held while they are in the UK.

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The Guardian view on Shahidul Alam: Bangladesh should let him go | Editorial

the guardian - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 20:16
The acclaimed photographer and activist is one of many targeted under a draconian law. He should be freed, and the legislation changed

The work of renowned photographer and social activist Shahidul Alam has appeared in publications worldwide, including the Guardian. Now attention is on the 63-year-old himself. Police in Bangladesh have arrested him over “provocative comments” on Facebook; he was seized just after giving an interview about protests that have convulsed the country. As Mr Alam observed, demonstrations initially about road safety were fuelled by anger over issues including corruption and gagging of the media by the ruling Awami League. The resulting crackdown has seen police use teargas and rubber bullets on the streets – and the notorious section 57 of the information and communication technology act against Mr Alam. It has been employed against scores of citizens, and more than 20 journalists recently, for perfectly normal criticism or discussion of leaders. Even the government concedes it should go; unfortunately, the proposed replacement is in some ways worse.

Britain and others should press for proper reform of the law, as well as urging the authorities to release Mr Alam, drop the charges and thoroughly investigate allegations of mistreatment in custody; friends of the photographer said he was unable to walk by himself into court and told them he had been assaulted. Governments and international bodies have a special duty to press this case. Mr Alam’s contribution to photography has been truly global: he founded Drik, Bangladesh’s first picture library and its Majority World agency, promoting photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East; has trained hundreds of photographers in South Asia; and indeed is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland. Charging such a high-profile figure is surely intended to have a chilling effect. To defend Mr Alam is to defend the right of journalists, and citizens in general, to speak out in Bangladesh.

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Edinburgh University's spare places will go to people from deprived areas

bbc education - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:30
Edinburgh is keen to meet a Scottish government objective to increase social diversity in the student population.
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Student Loans Company reviews processes after 'spying' scandal

the guardian - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:55

Company reviews anti-fraud methods that led to vulnerable students losing their funding

The Student Loans Company (SLC) is reviewing its process for detecting fraud after the Guardian revealed that dozens of vulnerable students were losing funding and dropping out of university despite no finding of guilt against them.

The SLC made a random selection of 150 estranged students, part of a group recognised as vulnerable because they have no relationship with their parent and tend to be financially disadvantaged, and asked them to provide evidence that they no longer had contact with their families.

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'Ninety-three of our former pupils died in WW1'

bbc education - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:18
Scottish school pupils join events to mark the WW1 Battle of Amiens.
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