Neue Zahlen des Bundesforschungsministeriums zeigen: Es gibt zwar gleich viele weibliche wie männliche Absolventen. Aber mit jedem Schritt auf der Karriereleiter werden es weniger Frauen.
Wenn die Haupt-Gemeinsamkeiten der Wissenschafts-Elite nicht nur Brillanz oder Engagement sind, sondern auch Bartstoppeln und Hemdkrägen, ist das gesellschaftliche Vertrauen in die Wissenschaft strapaziert.
As A-level students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland open their results today it is fascinating to see how the public broadcasting of success is reaching ever wider audiences through news streaming and social media, where constant posting and comments will dominate news for the next few days.
Images of young people literally jumping for joy dominate the headlines and the exam results data is closely interrogated. Data analysis usually rests on pass rates and concern about whether these have risen or fallen; each year there are questions that challenge our trust in the so-called gold standard examination, because A-levels have the potential to open doors for (some) young people.Continue reading...
Grime artist to pay tuition fees of two more students from minority ethnic backgrounds
Stormzy has announced he will cover the university costs of two more Cambridge students. He will pay the tuition fees of two students from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic background.
The grime artist will also continue to cover costs for the first two students to be supported by the scheme, who are now entering their second year of study.Continue reading...
Emotions run high at Greenwich University admissions office and Rochdale sixth form college
At the University of Greenwich’s temporary admissions office, a bell rings repeatedly. The room, which resembles a call centre, erupts into applause at every ding – a signal that another applicant has accepted their place through clearing.
More than 250 students and academic staff have been manning the phone lines since 6am at the university’s main campus in south London. Clearing was once stigmatised as the option for young people who had done poorly on A-level results day, but the excitement on both sides of the phone shows it has morphed into an increasingly popular route into university.Continue reading...
Almost everyone is in favour of post-qualification admissions until they explore the detail
University admissions arrangements hardly changed at all in the five decades after the introduction of Ucas (then UCCA) in 1961. Before 1961, students applied separately to as many universities as they wished, but there was a clear consensus on the need for a single gateway system instead. Everyone soon became familiar with the routine of a January deadline for most subjects, conditional offers and firm acceptance dates leading up to the mid-August publication of A-level results. A national admissions system combined with central management of student numbers gave the sector stability.
This long-term stability makes the changes of the past half-decade all the more striking, with a number of different factors combining to transform the system. First, the decade-long decline in the number of 18-year-olds means that there will be some 20% fewer in 2022 than there were in 2012. Secondly, the removal of student number caps in 2015 has created what is essentially an open market in recruitment. And thirdly, universities have become more directly competitive with each other. The subsequent volatility in student numbers has created challenges for universities – both for those who have grown rapidly, with impacts on systems, accommodation and group sizes, and those who have struggled, with impacts on balance sheets.Continue reading...
Laurie Sheck, who teaches at the New School, says inquiry followed a complaint that she had discussed Baldwin’s use of the slur
The Pulitzer-nominated poet Laurie Sheck, a professor at the New School in New York City, is being investigated by the university for using the N-word during a discussion about James Baldwin’s use of the racial slur.
The investigation has been condemned by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (Fire), which is calling on the New School to drop the “misguided” case because it “warns faculty and students that good-faith engagement with difficult political, social, and academic questions will result in investigation and possible discipline”.Continue reading...
Not all is a story of decline as political studies, psychology, geography and history see biggest increases
It is now two years since 16-year-olds in England first sat reformed GCSEs in English and mathematics. Just one of Michael Gove’s many reforms in his quest to achieve world-class standards during his tenure as education secretary, the new qualifications were designed to be more rigorous, with new content while signalling a move away from coursework. The Department for Education claimed that they would better equip students for the rigour of A-levels.
Today, as that same cohort of students pick up their A-level results, we see that while mathematics remains the most popular subject the number of entries has fallen by 6%. The reforms have also failed to stop the longer-term decline in English.Continue reading...
Two anxious students at Brampton Manor academy in east London opened their A-level results live on television – and found they had achieved the grades to get into their first-choice universities.
More than 300,000 sixth-formers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland discover the results of their summer exams today, including results for the last tranche of subjects given an overhaul by Michael Gove as education secretary. The proportion of students awarded an A grade or higher (25.5%) has fallen to the lowest level for more than a decadeContinue reading...
Was bedeutet der EU-Austritt für die Unis? Boris Johnson hat zwar kürzlich ein Hilfsprogramm für die Wissenschaft angekündigt. Forscher wie Venki Ramakrishnan beruhigt aber das nicht.
Wo werden die Schulen besser? Wo findet man leicht eine Lehrstelle? Die Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft hat die Bundesländer verglichen. Das Ergebnis ist überraschend.
Efforts to improve girls’ take-up of Stem subjects bear fruit, but weaker English exam results drag down UK average
The number of female students taking exams in A-level sciences overtook males for the first time ever this year, the culmination of decades-long efforts to encourage the take-up of science, maths and technology.
But the publication of the summer exam results for hundreds of thousands of students across the UK also showed a dip in results across the board in England, including a sharp drop of one percentage point in those awarded the top A and A* grades to the lowest share since the A* grade was introduced in 2010.Continue reading...
Almost all A-levels have now been reformed, with the continuous testing of the previous regime removed and almost everything now riding on final exams
The Department for Education this morning boasted of a rise in the numbers of entries to science courses, computing and history this morning. But concerns have been raised over a decline in the popularity of English among sixth formers after it emerged that there had been a 13% decline this summer in entries for all types of English A-level.
Authors and teachers’ leaders have called on ministers to urgently review the reformed English GCSEs because of concerns that the new qualifications are “sucking the joy” out of the subject and may be putting students off pursuing it at a higher level, reports Sally Weale, the Guardian’s education correspondent.
We should be very, very concerned at this drop in the study of English. This, combined with the loss of so many public libraries, could be the start of a catastrophic decline in the quality of our secondary students, graduates and future colleagues and employees.
GCSE English language is sucking the joy out of the study of how we communicate: the power and beauty in words. English literature favours those with excellent memories; it has reduced our most magnificent pieces of writing to a collection of quotations.
We’ve already heard from Gavin Williamson, the new education secretary, this morning. Now it’s time to hear from his counterpart in Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, Angela Rayner. She said:
Congratulations to everyone receiving their A-Level results today.
And thank you to parents and carers, education leaders and teachers for their hard work in supporting young people through their education.
Good luck to students who are getting their #ALevelResults today.
If you get the results you want, well done. If you don't, there are plenty of different paths to follow.
Either way, look to the future - and of course a big thank you to all the hardworking teachers
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This question comes up every year. Obviously, the answers change as technology moves on. What doesn’t change much, if at all, is the general advice. You can get most of it from last year’s answer, though a brief summary might be useful.Continue reading...
Anyone who took their A-levels while coping with mental health problems, chronic illness or disability deserves a particular cheer when they collect their results today. The idea that disabled people “overcome” our disability to succeed is a pity porn cliche, and anyone trying to pat a disabled teenager on the head for leading a normal life will rightly get short shrift. But the reality is, getting the grades at school while having an illness or disability means jumping extra hurdles, not only involving our own health issues.
The inequality still facing disabled young people in Britain means there can be multiple barriers to learning – anything from a teenage girl with anxiety unable to access mental health services, to a wheelchair user doing their homework in an inaccessible bedroom.Continue reading...
Whatever your story, and wherever you’re headed next, tell us how you feel about this year’s results
Emotions will be running high on Thursday as students across the country get their A-level results. School leavers, teachers, whatever your story, and wherever you’re headed next, we want to hear from you.
Tell us how you feel about this year’s A-level results. Are you trying to find a university place through clearing after missing out on grades, or did you choose to bypass Ucas and instead go through clearing? Have more pupils pursued vocational and STEM subjects instead of arts and humanities, like English? Did the high cost of university put you off, or influence your choice of subject? Are you going on to an apprenticeship or job instead?Continue reading...