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Works by Manet, Cézanne, Renoir and Gauguin exhibited in Paris for first time in 50 years
Some of the greatest paintings of the 19th century, including works by Manet, Cézanne, Renoir and Gauguin, will return to their native France next year for the first time in more than half a century, on loan from the Courtauld Collection in London, to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
The paintings are among the greatest treasures of the London gallery, which would never normally strip its walls to loan so many at the same time. However, the Courtauld’s home in Somerset House is about to close for two years for a £50m project to rationalise its magnificent but awkward spaces, with the main rooms reached by steep staircases, and the most splendid gallery – the Great Room, once the home of the Royal Academy summer exhibition – broken into smaller spaces by partition walls.Continue reading...
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In the US, I was coerced into teaching a prepackaged course that stifled creativity. I fear UK universities are not far behind
Last year, having moved to a new city in the US, I answered an ad to teach part-time in an unaccredited business school looking to improve its status with better-qualified staff. During my job interview the provost told me that she was less interested in my teaching credentials than in my experience as a consultant. I asked why.
The emphasis of the school, she said, was to employ “instructors” with practical business experience. Proof of teaching ability was of less interest to them. Although I had taught in several highly-ranked business schools previously, I was told that I would not be allowed to design my own curriculum based on material I’d either published myself or selected from the best sources available. Instead, she insisted I use the pre-established course syllabus.Continue reading...
Figures for England and Wales show greater social mobility but racial diversity ‘not happening fast enough’
Almost two-thirds of lawyers recommended to become judges in the past year attended state schools, according to the first social mobility statistics released by the judicial appointments commission (JAC).
The figures for England and Wales suggest the judiciary may be undergoing a gradual transformation despite criticism that solicitors and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are not making significant advances.Continue reading...
Salary uplift of some degrees in UK exceeds that gained from private education, says study
Students studying economics and medicine at British universities are likely to gain the largest financial benefits from their degrees, outstripping even the considerable advantages enjoyed by private school students or people from the wealthiest backgrounds, a study has found.
An Institute for Fiscal Studies report, using several years of evidence gathered from education and taxation data, showed the higher pay for graduates in a small group of subjects remained even after adjusting for student background and school type.
Parents, literacy experts, trade unions, teachers and librarians have spoken out against initiative being trialled by the Scottish Borders council
Experts have branded a cost-cutting pilot scheme in Scotland, in which pupil volunteers are replacing school library staff, as “folly” and a false economy.
The Scottish Borders council is implementing a trial in three schools – in Galashiels, Hawick and Peebles – that will see secondary school pupils and other volunteers taking on roles in school libraries. The pilot initiative follows the loss of several librarian jobs last year, according to reports in the Scottish press, and has been attacked by local parents as well as by literacy experts, trade unions, teachers and librarians.Continue reading...
To celebrate Volunteers’ Week we’re profiling some of the people who give up their time to help and inspire others
For Matthew Gardner tutoring A-level students is not just about passing exams: “I think one-on-one support serves them well as we get the chance to question them beyond exam boards to make sure they can really understand and solve the problems.”Continue reading...
The latest QS world university rankings reveal that Oxford is top in the UK for the first time – although the US still leads overall
After two years of slipping down the table, this year there is good news in the latest QS world rankings for UK universities. Of the 76 British institutions ranked this year, 41 have improved their position, with less than half as many falling as last year.Continue reading...