Loans for postgrad study are still a new thing, but they’re not always the best option
Fresh loans to cover course fees and living costs have thrown a financial lifeline to some postgraduate students. But course fees are still high: the average was £7,400 in 2018-19, up by 31% on 2014-15.
Over the past couple of years, the government has introduced financial aid for postgrads: loans of up to £10,609 for master’s students, and as much as £25,000 for doctoral students. “It’s a high financial bar to study a postgrad, but that bar is a little bit lower now,” says Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute. “That’s been good for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.”Continue reading...
Pop star criticises US vice-president’s wife who teaches at a school that discriminates against LGBT students and parents
On stage at her Las Vegas concert residency, Gaga said: “You say we should not discriminate against Christianity; you are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian. I am a Christian woman and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace Mr Pence and you can look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”Continue reading...
With local authority budgets being slashed, how can regional arts institutions survive? Investing in mummies is one solution
Museums teach us to dream. Since the Victorian age it’s been Egyptian mummies – matched only by dinosaurs – that have captivated children. Being taken to see the mummies is a rite of passage, and one accessible across the country, not just to those in London who have the British Museum on their doorstep. But local authority culture budgets are being slashed, so how can regional arts institutions survive? What should they do about the pressure to return looted objects? And how do they show their relevance to modern audiences?
I have been exploring the history of three northern Egyptian museums, which have four remarkable Victorian women at the heart of their story. For those looking for entries for one of those currently popular anthologies of plucky rebel ladies from history, they all fit the bill.Continue reading...
England having more than twice as many minority ethnic pupils could be factor, study says
Higher levels of immigration and the distorting effects of league tables may explain why children in England outperform those in Wales at GCSEs, according to research.
The study by the Education Policy Institute found children in Wales did as well as or better than their peers in England until the end of primary school. But by the time of GCSEs at the age of 16, those in England were more likely to get grade C or above.Continue reading...
Seit zehn Jahren gibt es die Intiative Teach First: Uniabsolventen helfen an Brennpunktschulen. Was die einen lobten, kritisierten andere scharf. Wer hatte Recht?
Warum immer mehr Studierende in einer Wohngemeinschaft leben - und gleichzeitig auch immer mehr bei ihren Eltern bleiben.
Universities rely on income from fees to fund the outreach activities essential to make them more diverse
Last week, universities in England were preparing reports on how they have diversified their student populations. These reports will be submitted to the director of fair access at the Office for Students. My university, King’s College London, will report, happily, that our undergraduate intake is now 77% state school, more than 52% ethnic minority and has the fastest growing population of low-income students in the Russell Group.
And what has made all this progress and vital work possible? The very thing that many believe to be the enemy of educational opportunity – tuition fees.Continue reading...
The enormous strike in Los Angeles paints a grim picture of wealthy state that is struggling to fund its education system
California once had one of the best funded, most envied public education systems in the United States. Now schoolteachers in Los Angeles, who went on strike this week to vent years of frustration, say they struggle with overcrowded classrooms and children whose need for academic support, psychological services and English-language coaching outstrips anything they can provide.
Many schools do not have a full-time nurse or counselor. In many of the poorer neighborhoods – in south LA, or the north-eastern San Fernando Valley – the library opens rarely. Janitorial service has become so spotty that some teachers have resorted to buying their own cleaning supplies and going over their own classrooms with rags and a mop at the end of a long day.Continue reading...
Brampton Manor in east London credits students’ success to their ambition and to excellent staff
“Cambridge was always my dream,” says 17-year-old Hridita Rahman Khan, one of 41 students at Brampton Manor academy in east London to have won offers from Oxbridge this week.
Khan’s parents are from Bangladesh, she grew up in Italy and arrived in London at the age of 14 with little English. Three years later she has been offered a place to study engineering at the University of Cambridge.Continue reading...
Die Vergabe von Studienplätzen entscheidet über Lebenschancen. Doch die Auswahlmethoden sind weder nützlich noch fair, meint Psychologie-Professor Oliver Wilhelm.
Fast die Hälfte aller Studiengänge ist zulassungsbeschränkt. Wer sich für seinen Wunschberuf qualifizieren will, muss das Prozedere kennen. Ein Überblick über Verfahren und Kriterien.
An der Beuth-Hochschule in Berlin wird über den preußischen Namenspatron und dessen antisemitische Äußerungen gestritten. Eine Diskussion, aus der man viel über die Debattenkultur der Gegenwart lernen kann.
Auch wenn man die deutschlandweiten Streiks kritisieren kann, sollten die Schulen nicht mit Strafen reagieren.