There has been a series of reports recently about racist incidents at universities. We want to hear from you about this
The University of Exeter is investigating claims of racism among its law society members, after messages shared online show “vile” racist comments made in a private students’ WhatsApp group.
The university tweeted to say, “we unreservedly condemn any act of racism”, but said they would not comment further until their investigation concludes.Continue reading...
Student posts screenshots of ‘racist and vile’ comments in law society private chat group
A leading university is investigating claims of racism among law society members, after messages of “vile, deplorable” comments from a private students’ WhatsApp group were shared online.
University of Exeter made the announcement after screenshots showing comments made by those involved in the Bracton Law Society were shared by a student.
These three exciting fields give a glimpse into the varied world of postgrad study
From the efficiency of bee pollination to whether magpies really love shiny things, animal behaviour is an endlessly fascinating subject. Studying what they do and why they do it can lead to a wide range of careers, from dog behaviourist to natural history researcher. Courses offered include the University of Edinburgh’s online MSc in clinical animal behaviour, the University of Nottingham’s MRes in animal behaviour, and the University of Exeter’s MSc in animal behaviour, which Rachel Sweetman, 29, recently undertook.
“I have always wanted to do a job that helped either animals or people but, after completing a psychology undergraduate degree, which also gave me the opportunity to study animal behaviour, I still wasn’t entirely sure what job I would want to do,” she says. “I decided to save up to do the MSc in the hope that this would provide me with a better idea of the sorts of jobs or careers I could pursue.Continue reading...
Samir Abid learned how to ‘pitch Dragons’ Den-style’ as part of his MBA, and used it to secure funding for his startup
Former car designer and engineer Samir Abid completed an MBA at Warwick Business School in 2009. In 2011, he started his own sports technology company, Pace Insights, which helps sports professionals improve athlete and team performance through better use of data.
“I’ve always wanted to start my own business. I could have done it without an MBA, but I wouldn’t have. I thought long and hard before applying – I’m quite geeky and technical. After a promotion in my previous role, I felt out of my depth managing 15 people, so I looked for a qualification that would help with management. The economic crisis of 2007-2008 gave me the final push to get it done rather than talk about it.Continue reading...
International applications to US graduate schools have declined for the first time in more than a decade. Plus, Hull university honours anti-apartheid activist Wiseman Khuzwayo with a £65,000 scholarship
The MSc finance programme at Imperial College has achieved an equal gender split among its students this year. It’s recently taken steps to encourage more diversity, including women’s information and career sessions. Interim associate dean of programmes Fiona Sandford says: “Developing students to be inclusive future leaders is important to the business school and the wider college. Having a more diverse student cohort makes for a more enriching study experience for both male and female students and helps all students become better team players and future leaders.”
Second witness tells inquiry that then education secretary intervened in Downside case
Michael Gove is facing fresh questions about his alleged intervention in a sexual abuse investigation at a Catholic school after further evidence emerged that appears to link him to the inquiry.
The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) has already written to Gove asking whether he tried, during his time as the education secretary, to find out about an investigation into a priest suspected of abuse at the Downside Abbey boarding school in Somerset. Now the environment secretary, Gove denied making any calls to the local authority about the investigation.Continue reading...
In 1985, a major report found that ethnic minorities were under-represented in teaching. Little has changed since
Five years ago, I was a successful schoolteacher and had been head of department for many years. I wanted to move into a senior leadership role but there was no support for me to do so. Before I had become head of department, I was tapped on the shoulder, told I was ready and given advice and training about how to move forward. None of that happened this time.Continue reading...
Young people will return to the profession once teachers are given greater autonomy and fairer rewards, says UCL’s Caroline Colon
The significant difference between a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and some school-based routes is you’re not thrown in at the deep end; this is not a sink or swim model. It’s a course that provides the opportunity to read and reflect while also joining a large network of professionals who think about what they are doing and why.
There’s this myth that if you go to university to do a PGCE that it is all about theory and not practice, but two thirds of the year is spent in two different schools, so there is very much a practical element. Student teachers are supported by a university tutor and school-based mentors. With the PGCE there’s a contract between the school and university with the student teacher, which makes it clear they are auxillary members of staff and they work alongside experienced teachers who gradually let go to give them a sense of being responsible for the class.Continue reading...
Wer den Numerus Clausus beim Abitur nicht geschafft hat, brauchte bisher nur Geduld, um Medizin studieren zu können. Jetzt sollen solche Kandidaten nur noch zugelassen werden, wenn sie hohe Erfolgschancen haben - und nach einer bestimmten Wartezeit von der Bewerbung ausgeschlossen werden.
Mother tells of academy that seemed to care more about its behaviour policy than her son’s education
One of Natasha Damiral’s proudest moments was when her son Hayden appeared in the lead role of Oliver in his final year play at primary school.
Things had not always been easy for Hayden. He suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy and autism traits, and had spells in hospital after severe fits. But at Downs primary school in Harlow, Essex, he was well supported by his teachers, with specialist help from speech and language therapists and an educational psychologist, and by the time he left he exceeded everyone’s expectations, achieving benchmark level 4s in his Sats exams.Continue reading...
The cult of the macho “strong leader”, which dominates education, has been damaging in so many ways. I always seem to be reading fatuous accounts of the apparently super-human workloads of our academy trust principals and university presidents. They rise at 5am to lead their institutions forward with an hour of emails, followed by breakfast meetings, and fall late into bed having worked tirelessly all day for their underlings. It is narcissist guff and to most of us is unimpressive, but given how much educational leaders pay themselves, it is perhaps not surprising that they try to justify their worth in this way.
But perhaps the worst effect of the “strong leader” has been the resulting failure to address the gender pay gap. It is through pay that we demonstrate exactly how much we respect each other. Pay is always about respect.Continue reading...
University leaders this week described the government’s new regulator, the Office for Students, as the “Office for State Control”, warning it would prove disastrous for higher education and was “dangerous for democracy”.
The OfS is already mired in controversy thanks to the short-lived appointment of Toby Young to its board, which sparked a storm of public protest. But Education Guardian has learned that Universities UK, the umbrella group for vice-chancellors, didn’t challenge Young’s suitability for the role because it feared annoying the government.Continue reading...
Teaching girls they are not defined by gender may seem radical for ultra-conservative parents and commentators, but it’s the only way forward
Demands for the resignation of a school principal by a conservative section of its parent community have been gleefully reported by the defenders of education in the rightwing press.
The spat at Santa Sabina, a Catholic girls’ school in the Sydney suburb of Strathfield, came to light after the launch of a new uniform which included the option of knee-length shorts or trousers, along with the usual school dress or skirt. The school’s principal, Dr Maree Herrett, while praising the uniform’s comfort and practicality, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the broader scope offered students a variety of ways to “express femininity or masculinity” (the school’s junior campus includes boys until year four). Herrett also suggested that girls who are thinking about gender might appreciate the choice.