Cut student costs with a little help from the flat
Every student flat has witnessed its share of messy breakups, mouldy pans and Whatsapp fights over unpaid bills. But if you get on with your housemates, you can save money by splitting costs with them. The easiest way is with a shared bank account, or an account into which everyone puts the same amount of money. If you already have one set up to pay bills with, it could be worth putting in a bit extra for other outgoings:Continue reading...
Ministers tell London institutions considering merger that their plans should be delayed until at least the end of April
The government has intervened to save a further education college near Grenfell Tower after locals warned a plan to replace it with flats would deprive the community of a popular local asset after the fire.
Kensington and Chelsea College, where many Grenfell residents studied, had been due to merge before the end of the year with a much larger institution in another London borough.
Simon Jenkins says universities should switch to two year degrees and give up research. I disagree
For once there is something in an article by Simon Jenkins with which I agree. He wrote that “Britain’s wiping out of polytechnics in the 1990s and the subsequent suppression of 16-plus technical education was a disaster ... It left industry bereft of trained skills and work ethic, and reliant on foreign migrants.” Leaving aside the negative connotations of that last clause, I concur that lumping polytechnics and (pre-1992) universities together as all the same is unhelpful. They do not all have, or wish to have, indistinguishable missions and student populations, and thinking of the sector like that has been not only unconstructive but damaging.
Despite his comment, Jenkins proceeds to treat the university sector as a homogeneous collection of institutions, attacking them all as “bastions of privilege”, a description that will incense vice chancellors and their staff. As a PPE graduate of Oxford, he has experience of a particular period of history and a particular course of study from which he has made general extrapolations that don’t stand up to scrutiny.Continue reading...
Peer urges investigations into firms who advertise for long-term interns and calls for ban on placements over a month
A Conservative peer has called on HMRC to investigate companies who advertise for long-term unpaid interns and called for a ban on any placement that lasts more than four weeks.
Chris Holmes, whose private member’s bill to limit unpaid internships recently got its second reading in the Lords, said he wanted to bring clarity to an area “muddied” by companies and organisations that take advantage of the current legislation to exploit young people.Continue reading...
My colleague Andrée Grau, who has died unexpectedly aged 63, was professor of the anthropology of dance at Roehampton University. She helped establish the anthropology of dance as an academic discipline, continuing the trajectory she had started as a student of social anthropology at Queen’s University in Belfast, receiving her PhD in 1983.
Andrée grew up in a Swiss mountain village, daughter of Suzanne Durgnat, a herbalist, and André Grau, a pharmacist. She studied in Lausanne before moving to London to train in dance and was awarded an MA in Benesh dance notation in 1976. Her anthropological skills were enhanced by her expertise in notation, focusing on the significance of movement practices in different cultures. Her ethnographic work was vast, and included researching the Venda people in South Africa, the Tiwi people of the Melville and Bathurst islands, Australia, and many projects in India and London.Continue reading...
Die neue Vorsitzende des PhilologenverbandsSusanne Lin-Klitzing erklärt, wo sie die Zukunft des Gymnasiums sieht.
Der Kölner Professor Martin Bonnet hat die Vorlesung abgeschafft, stattdessen stellt er Lernvideos ins Internet. Seine Studenten haben sich verbessert - doch die Methode ist nicht für jeden geeignet.
Neoclassical economics has become an unquestioned belief system and treats those challenging the creed as dangerous
In October 1517, an unknown Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther changed the world when he grabbed a hammer and nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The Reformation started there.
The tale of how the 95 theses were posted is almost certainly false. Luther never mentioned the incident and the first account of it didn’t surface until after his death. But it makes a better story than Luther writing a letter (which is what probably happened), and that’s why the economist Steve Keen, dressed in a monk’s habit and wielding a blow up hammer, could be found outside the London School of Economics last week.
Every day our little darlings pass through the hands of experts: the doctors, party entertainers, nit nurses, teachers and nannies. But behind the warm smiles, how do they really feel about our kids – and about us, the parents? Assured of anonymity, they reveal all
Our whole ethos is to make children feel comfortable, as if they’re having their hair done. We use a treatment to kill living lice and then dehydrate eggs using heated air. Then we nit comb and forensically remove everything. We need to see the kids twice, a week apart, because after the first time there will be eggs left over that no one can see.Continue reading...
Ministers are being urged to fine schools that are informally excluding poorly performing pupils, amid mounting evidence that some institutions are attempting to game the exam system.
Hundreds of cases of children being removed from schools on tenuous and potentially illegal grounds have been reported to a charity offering legal advice to parents. Experts blame the rise of so-called “off-rolling” on schools that are under pressure to improve performance.Continue reading...
Emeritus professor at Brunel University was best known to the public for presenting long-running BBC2 series
Heinz Wolff, the scientist who presented BBC2’s long-running show The Great Egg Race, has died aged 89.
The German-born inventor and social reformer suffered heart failure on Friday, his family said in a statement released through Brunel University London.
Amanda Spielman tells of ‘venomous’ tweets and emails after accusing schools of resisting legal and moral duties
The head of Ofsted has received threats and abuse after accusing private faith schools run by religious conservatives of “deliberately resisting” British values and equalities law.
Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, said she had received some “pretty venomous stuff”, including “nasty tweets” and threatening emails from what she believed to be a “mixture of Islamic extremists and the hard left”.