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Mentally ill students risk academic penalties for missing classes

1 hour 28 min ago

Leading British universities have no support policies in place, Guardian finds

Students missing classes because of mental health problems risk being penalised with academic sanctions at some leading British universities, while others have no standardised policies in place to help students showing signs of distress, the Guardian has found.

Of the 21 leading universities that responded to a freedom of information request, only one in four said they had standardised intervention policies under which campus support services will contact students if they miss a defined number of classes.

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Australian U2 fans find what they’re looking for at conference to mark Joshua Tree tour

3 hours 25 min ago

Film director Richard Lowenstein, academics and fans to attend Sydney edition of the U2 Conference – with or without the band

Fan culture works in mysterious ways, but for a band as popular and influential as U2 have been over four decades, it seems only natural that a whole academic discipline has emerged to study them.

The inaugural Australian edition of the U2 Conference – part symposium for researchers in the robust field of U2 studies, part fan gathering – will take place in Sydney in November, to coincide with the Irish superstars bringing their Joshua Tree tour to local shores.

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There is a crisis on campuses – but it’s about racism, not free speech | Nesrine Malik

Sun, 13/10/2019 - 18:31
Far from cracking down on every microaggression, institutions are failing in their basic duty to protect their students

Have you heard about the crisis on Britain’s university campuses? Free speech is under assault it seems, with students no-platforming guest speakers because they hurt their feelings. Political correctness is absolutely roiling higher education. Students are vandalising curriculums, forcing their teachers to replace white authors with those of colour, demanding trigger warnings ahead of classes on classic works of literature, and calling for safe spaces to be set up to exclude others for no reason other than their racial background or sexuality. You can’t even clap at events any more because student unions think it’s overwhelming for those with PTSD. The solution? Jazz hands, apparently.

Related: Students accuse Goldsmiths University of watering down racism report

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New London play shines light on perils of school exclusion

Sun, 13/10/2019 - 15:30

Intermission’s theatre production features youths who have experienced the consequences of isolation first-hand

In a Victorian Gothic church behind Harrods in west London, a group of young people from troubled backgrounds have gathered to rehearse a play about school.

Excluded is a new production, set in a turbulent GCSE class in a London secondary school in 2019, that attempts to shine a light on the problems faced by vulnerable young people within the education system.

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Families in England hit by 70% cut in school uniform grant

Sun, 13/10/2019 - 10:28

Cash-strapped councils stop financial support for clothing, pushing more parents into debt

Support offered to families to help with the cost of school uniforms has plummeted, with the vast majority unable to access any help at all, according to new analysis.

Financial aid for uniforms has fallen by more than 70% across England since 2010. More than 80% of cash-strapped local councils now offer no assistance, blaming years of cuts. Data collected through the Freedom of Information Act reveals for the first time that the “school uniform grant”, introduced in 1980, has been dramatically scaled back in England over the past decade. While the Department for Education (DfE) still advertises the grant, it is left to struggling councils to find the resources to pay it out.

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Why mathematicians just can’t quit their blackboards

Sat, 12/10/2019 - 16:00
Photographer Jessica Wynne captures the peculiar devotion of academics to working out their problems with chalk

Another year, another wave of students trampling across autumn leaves, making their way to their first lectures heady with a cocktail of excitement, apprehension and a nasty hangover. But while every year brings new faces, one feature of the academic landscape remains ever-present: the huge, imposing blackboards.

Now photographer Jessica Wynne, a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, has thrown a spotlight on this workhorse of academic endeavour, travelling across the US and beyond to capture the blackboards of mathematicians.

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Schools in deprived areas face further cuts next year, unions say

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 20:08

Study shows extra government funding will not ease pressure in poorest parts of England

Schools in some of England’s most deprived areas will suffer increased budget pressures and cuts next year, despite the government’s promise of extra funding, according to analysis by teaching unions.

A report into individual school allocations for 2020-21 – using data released by the Department for Education – found “a strong link between deprivation and the scale of government cuts to school funding”, even accounting for the £2.6bn increase announced in August.

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'It’s got out of hand': parents split after protest over Carlisle school's strict rules

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 18:45

Police were called to heated protest by students and parents who threw missiles

A secondary school in Carlisle where police were called to a protest by parents and students outside the school gates after missiles were thrown has insisted staff are working “tirelessly” to improve children’s lives.

A peaceful demonstration by parents over behaviour policies at Richard Rose Central Academy (RRCA) on Wednesday afternoon quickly became heated and plastic bottles and stones were thrown, leading to pupils and teachers being kept inside school buildings.

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Former Chetham's headteachers accused of ignoring abuse

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 18:26

Victims’ lawyer tells inquiry three music school bosses failed to disclose key evidence

A lawyer for some of the victims in an inquiry into child sexual abuse has attacked the evidence given by three former headteachers at a prestigious music school.

Peter Hullah, John Vallins and Claire Moreland – all headteachers at Chetham’s School of Music – were criticised for ignoring the abuse of their pupils and failing to disclose essential evidence.

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Students accuse Goldsmiths University of watering down racism report

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 14:00

A student anti-racism organisation says its foreword was pulled for being too critical of the university

Goldsmiths, University of London has been accused of watering down a damning report that illuminates how black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students feel victimised on campus by removing a foreword written by an anti-racism student activist organisation that was central to its publication.

Mona Mounir, welfare and liberation officer at Goldsmiths students’ union, says the foreword she was asked to write for the report was pulled at the last minute on the grounds it was “too political”. She was also writing in her capacity as a representative of student group Goldsmiths Anti-Racism Action, which occupied Deptford town hall between March and July to protest against racism on campus.

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Work of renowned UK psychologist Hans Eysenck ruled ‘unsafe’

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 13:05

Eysenck’s ‘cancer-prone’ personality theory had come under criticism for decades

The work of one of the most famous and influential British psychologists of all time, Hans Eysenck, is under a cloud following an investigation by King’s College London, which has found 26 of his published papers “unsafe”.

King’s says the results and conclusions of the papers “were not considered scientifically rigorous” by its committee of inquiry. Prof Sir Robert Lechler, the provost at King’s, has contacted the editors of the 11 journals where the papers appeared, recommending they should be retracted.

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'Stormzy effect': record number of black Britons studying at Cambridge

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 02:01

Rise follows rapper’s high-profile backing of scholarships for black students at university

The “Stormzy effect” has helped inspire record numbers of black British students to study at the University of Cambridge, following the musician’s high-profile backing of scholarships for black students at the institution.

Cambridge said 91 black British students had been admitted as first-year undergraduates at the start of the academic year, an increase of nearly 50% compared with last year’s 61 students. It takes the total number of black undergraduates studying at Cambridge above 200 for the first time.

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One in 10 pupils removed from school rolls 'to boost GCSE results'

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 02:01

‘Unexplained exits’ affected 61,000 pupils taking GCSEs in 2017, ‘off-rolling’ research finds

Research into “off-rolling” from schools in England has found the scale of the problem may be worse than previously thought, with one in 10 secondary pupils removed from the rolls without explanation.

Researchers from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) found that more than 61,000 pupils out of the national cohort who sat their GCSEs in 2017 experienced an “unexplained exit” at some point during their secondary school career. Of these, two out of five never returned to school again.

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Elite universities are too obsessed with tradition to tackle racism effectively | Clive Nwonka

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 19:00

The obsession with cachet at top universities holds back anti-racism efforts. Less prestigious institutions are leading the way

As we begin a new academic year, the struggle to decolonise higher education in the UK continues – especially after the issue of racism in UK universities returned to the fore over the summer.

The decolonisation of universities is founded on the struggle to give non-western knowledge the prominence it deserves, challenging how we understand, study and experience the world through education. It is a collaborative movement which brings together different issues, experiences and perspectives to radically overhaul how universities are run.

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Goldsmiths racism report finds BME students feel unsafe on campus

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 18:04

Quarter of black and minority ethnic students say they have faced racism from white staff or peers

Senior managers at Goldsmiths, University of London, have admitted that its record of addressing racism is unacceptable after a damning report found black and minority ethnic students feel victimised and unsafe on its campus.

The report found that while almost half (45%) of students at Goldsmiths are from minority backgrounds, some have frequently experienced both overt and indirect racism from their white peers and white staff and did not trust the south London university to handle complaints.

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Grade inflation fears prompt new voluntary code for UK degrees

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 02:01

Students need ‘exceptional’ skills and knowledge to achieve firsts, says Universities UK

Students will need to “consistently demonstrate” exceptional initiative and problem-solving skills to be awarded first-class honours in their undergraduate degrees, according to a new framework to be adopted by UK universities.

The framework is part of a new voluntary code on degree classifications, designed to address fears that universities have been guilty of inflating grades. The code also calls for universities to display detailed figures on the degree classes awarded, and explain any changes in the proportions awarded.

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Reforming the Prevent strategy won’t work. It must be abolished | Ilyas Nagdee

Wed, 09/10/2019 - 08:00

A secret counter-terror database? I’ve experienced the Prevent programme firsthand – so nothing surprises me

• Ilyas Nagdee is a former NUS black students’ officer

The first-year law student too afraid to pick human rights law as a module at university. The student officer told to hand over a list of members of the Islamic society. One thing binds these together: the Prevent duty. This week the Guardian revealed that counter-terror police across the UK have been running a secret centralised database containing the details of the thousands of individuals who have been referred to Prevent, the government’s counter-radicalisation programme. Many of them, on the government’s own terms, were unworthy of referral – but fell victim to an increasing climate of suspicion.

Related: Counter-terror police running secret Prevent database

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Prince of Wales settles in at Cambridge university – archive, 9 Oct 1967

Wed, 09/10/2019 - 07:30

9 October 1967: The Prince, who is reading archaeology, was greeted by 1,000 sightseers who had gathered outside the Great Gate

The arrival of Prince Charles at Cambridge yesterday to start his university career had all the appearances of a welcome given to a “pop” star.

Prince Charles, who will be 19 next month, was driven in a bright red mini to the gates of Trinity, where he will be for two years, and was immediately screamed and shouted at by more than 1,000 sightseers who had gathered outside the Great Gate.

The words of greeting from Lord Butler, Master of Trinity, were drowned by the cries of well-wishers, and the Prince, together with the Master and his senior tutor shot into Trinity Great Court as the college porters heaved the Great Gate shut against the crush of people outside.

Related: From the archive: happy 21st birthday Prince Charles

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UCL workers to decide on strike action over 'unjust' outsourcing

Wed, 09/10/2019 - 02:01

Cleaners, porters and security workers exploited by university, say campaigners

Hundreds of cleaners, porters and security workers at University College London (UCL) are to be balloted on strike action as part of a campaign to end staff outsourcing.

Organisers say it promises to be the biggest strike yet of outsourced staff in UK higher education, with up to 300 workers demanding the same terms and conditions as their colleagues who are directly employed by UCL.

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UK universities 'making progress on tackling sexual harassment'

Wed, 09/10/2019 - 02:01

Universities UK welcomes findings but says more work needed to prevent racial harassment

Universities in the UK have made progress in dealing with sexual harassment on campus, with nearly two-thirds introducing consent training for students, according to a survey of almost 100 institutions.

The research found that universities including Edinburgh, Kent, Durham, Oxford and Soas, University of London were conducting classes to train students in how to seek and recognise sexual consent. At some universities, the courses were mandatory in freshers’ week.

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