If someone you know is finding the going tough, here’s what you can do to help help them
Bristol University students and representatives have spoken up about the student mental health crisis and the state of provisions at the university. While student activists continue to push for better support, there are things we can do on the ground to support our friends who are struggling.
As Cambridge University Students’ Unions’ welfare and rights officer, a big part of my job is training students not only on mental health and wellbeing, but also on peer support. Alongside services, friends are well placed to help. We know each other better than service providers. We can be easier to open up to, serving as a bridge to getting more formal support.
Chuka Umunna didn’t set out to cause controversy when he advertised a student placement role in his office. Until the advert was picked up by the Graduate Fog website, which campaigns for fair internships and better treatment of graduates by employers, nobody thought there would be an issue. After all, while it’s Labour party policy to ban unpaid internships, “placement schemes” are different. Aren’t they?
The rationale seems to be that because such placements are part of a student’s education, they are different from internships and thus shouldn’t be subject to the same rules. Perhaps, in the best cases, placements can play the role that their advocates say they do. Making them unpaid, however, certainly puts temptation in an employer’s path.Continue reading...
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Academic researcher John Banks (not his real name) still has big personal regrets about bowing to pressure from his former university in the run-up to the government’s last high-stakes audit of research.
Universities obsess about the government’s Research Excellence Framework, known as the Ref, with good reason. The four-yearly exercise determines not only where around £2bn a year of public funding will go, but where universities and individual departments will rank in league tables.Continue reading...
Peace, aged 11, is perusing an email from a council whistleblower. “Look,” he says urgently. “He says he can give us more details but he’s afraid of losing his job.” At the next table, Emma, also in year 6, wants to hear from the council about why it is threatening to fine homeless people £2,500. “There might be a reason,” she says, giving the council the benefit of the doubt.
But fellow pupil Raheema thinks it’s wrong to fine people when they have no money. “Shocked and surprised” is her assessment of how readers will feel when they find out how homeless people are being treated by Oxford city council .Continue reading...
I am thinking of starting a short series on the theme of “big education policy decisions that can’t be dodged (but probably will be)”. There are several jockeying for the top spot, but this month the honour should go to the future of vocational – now known by the government as technical – education.
This perennial problem is back in the limelight after the recent squabble over T-levels and whether it is too soon to introduce the first three of these qualifications. But how many people know what a T-level is? I had to explain to my generally well-informed other half in advance of a TV appearance he was making with the also barely known minister for skills. As a governor of two secondary schools I can recall little discussion of the latest post-16 reforms. That may be because they will be rolled out primarily in further education colleges – another poorly understood Cinderella sector of our education system.Continue reading...
Almost three-quarters of respondents claim to have not used drugs at university
A survey of illegal drug use among students has suggested it may not be as prevalent as indicated by earlier research, with almost three-quarters of those who took part claiming not to have used drugs at university.
The small-scale survey conducted on behalf of the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), a thinktank, raised the possibility that students may be more disapproving of drugs than previously thought.Continue reading...
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Rural areas also at disadvantage as schools in cities attract better-qualified teachers
Schools with a higher proportion of disadvantaged students are less likely to have qualified teachers than schools with a more privileged intake, according to a report.
The international study found that in more than a third of countries, including the UK, teachers in “the most disadvantaged schools” are less qualified or less experienced than those in the most advantaged schools.Continue reading...