Funding for blue skies research is falling in favour of work aligned with the government’s strategic priorities
Professor Jurriaan Ton, a Dutch expert in plant science at Sheffield University, feels British. His son was born here, his family love Yorkshire, and after more than a decade of producing highly cited research in the UK he has invested “massively” in the resources needed to make his blue skies research a success. But if he finds himself frozen out of grants from the European Research Council (ERC) after Brexit, he will hit a brick wall.
“If I am no longer eligible to apply for ERC funding here then the next big grant I apply for will be with a European university, and I will move when I get it,” he says.Continue reading...
At an exclusive Swiss school, teachers honed their skills in cash-strapped English comprehensives. They are just a few of thousands heading abroad. What’s behind the brain drain?
Perched high on a hill above the historic Swiss city of St Gallen, set in 25 acres of private parkland, sits one of the most expensive boarding schools in Europe. Costing up to £100,000 for an academic year, the Institut auf dem Rosenberg is more than twice as expensive as Eton college and educates the offspring of some of the wealthiest people in the world. Most of whom, it turns out, will be taught by teachers who trained in the cash-strapped classrooms of UK state schools.
Those teachers who find themselves in Rosenberg’s five-star setting are a small subset of the thousands leaving their students in Oldham and Lewisham, Liverpool and Leicester, and heading for Switzerland, China, Canada, Dubai, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Nepal and numerous other international education destinations.Continue reading...
Immolation d’un étudiant à Lyon : une journée d’émotion et d’actions pour dénoncer la précarité étudiante
Information commissioner acts after complaint that data is used for immigration enforcement
The UK’s privacy regulator has criticised the Department for Education (DfE) for secretly sharing children’s personal data with the Home Office, triggering fears it could be used for immigration enforcement as part of the government’s hostile environment policy.
Acting on a complaint by the campaigning organisation, Against Borders for Children (ABC), the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ruled that the DfE had failed to comply fully with its data protection obligations and may face further regulatory action.Continue reading...
Shadow education secretary offers passion where her leader appears punch-drunk
Just before the start, the blinds in the executive suite at Blackpool football club were drawn, throwing the room into semi-darkness. As a mark of respect, perhaps. Two years ago, Jeremy Corbyn was in the middle of a surprise sellout tour of the UK. The merchandise stalls had been doing great business with JC4PM T-shirts and the Labour leader had frequently been upgraded to bigger venues. He had been the man.
Now he increasingly looks more like someone going through the motions. A last chance powerless drive to cash in by playing a few old favourites in front of a few die-hard fans, before he can dive back to his Born to Runner beans on the allotment, muttering to himself that he had given the election his best shot.Continue reading...
Rev David Hull says there have been ‘unhelpful tensions’ at school since he made remarks
A chaplain at a private school created by the founder of the Methodist church has stood down after suggesting that gay people should stay single.
The Rev David Hull said there had been “unhelpful tensions” at Kingswood school in Bath since he made the remarks and he had decided to step aside.Continue reading...
Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Rayner speak in Blackpool as Johnson prepares to chair Cobra meeting on floods
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Jo Swinson has been paying a visit to the Doncaster charity Stainforth4All, speaking to volunteers who have rallied to help victims of the recent flooding. They showed the Lib Dem leader the piles of clothes and supplies donated by locals and said they were appalled that the prime minister hadn’t declared a national emergency.
“I visited Fishlake [an area badly affected by the flooding] and it broke my heart,” said Rosemarie Squires through tears.
I think it’s important, whether there’s an election or not, when things like this happen, for leaders to come and listen and to understand what is happening in communities.
I’ve worked with Labour MPs who want to stop Brexit in parliament, but unfortunately the Labour leadership doesn’t want to stop Brexit and when the Unite to Remain alliance was put together they approached the Labour party who said absolutely not.
If you look at this election, the Liberal Democrats are the party best placed to win seats from the Conservatives. The Labour party is way down in the polls compared to two years ago. They are going to be struggling to hold onto the seats that they have. They’re not going to be winning seats from the Tories. The Lib Dems can win seats from the Conservatives. A huge number of our target seats are against the Conservatives.
It is absolutely right that he is no longer a candidate for us and that when these things come to light, the party takes swift action. It’s not feasible to have looked at every social media post over the past 15 years for every candidate. What we can control is that, when things like this happen, we take very swift action.
Here are the main points from the Jeremy Corbyn Q&A.
What we have before us is an alliance between Donald Trump and Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson. We know where that alliance is designed to take us – into a sweetheart trade deal with the United States that will threaten all of our regulations, all of our conditions, and threaten our public services ...
Farage and Johnson only offer division, division, division, and a deal with Donald Trump. You’ll then be saying whatever happened to our wonderful national health service? Whatever happened to all the regulations that we had that protected our rights at work, our right to clean environment and our right to safe food. All of that is at risk from the kind of trade deal that they want to do with the USA. We will have none of it.
We have a system in place in our office to protect us against these cyber-attacks, but it was a very serious attack against us. So far as we’re aware none of our information was downloaded and the attack was actually repulsed because we have an effective in-house developed system by people within our party.
But if this is a sign of things to come in this election, I feel very nervous about it all because a cyber-attack against a political party in an election is suspicious, something one is very worried about.
Our priority is investment in rail and bus infrastructure north of Birmingham, into the north-east, north-west and Yorkshire ... As far as we’re concerned, that is the absolute priority. Because if we don’t improve transport links from Birmingham northwards ... and develop the Crossrail for the north, which would be a high-speed, efficient line linking Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Hull, then I think we will see a problem in future economic development across the regions.Continue reading...
An offhand statement got me reported to officials. The ensuing process didn’t seem designed to keep anyone safe
At 13, I was suspended from middle school for a week because school administrators were worried I might start shooting people.
It’s a story that often surprises and amuses friends now - my violent side is limited to hitting people on the roller derby track.Continue reading...
A wave of strikes is inspiring new action in and out of the workplace – with real economic and political impacts
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear’s apparent victory in Kentucky might not seem to have much in common with the wins Chicago teachers secured after their October strike. But both events bear the imprint of massive teacher uprisings over the past several years and show how they are affecting the political landscape in deep – and surprising – ways.
The strikes have stretched through deep red states like West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky but also cities in blue California and purple Colorado. My research documents how the teacher movement is inspiring new action in and out of the workplace – with real economic and political impacts.Continue reading...
Most degrees don’t take your first-year grades into account, but there are still lots of benefits to working hard early on
The majority of universities don’t include a students’ first year of study when calculating their final degree classification, so you can’t blame freshers for concluding that the first year doesn’t really count. As Laura Jones, a recent graduate, says: “It’s hard to fight that feeling of ‘we’re freshers, it doesn’t matter’.”Continue reading...
When Carrie Paechter, a professor at Nottingham Trent University, tweeted two weeks ago that students could register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses, she didn’t anticipate the tirade of anger it would unleash. She was reported to the police and the Electoral Commission, and someone wrote to her vice-chancellor calling for her to be disciplined.
Prof Paechter, who is director of Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families, posted what she thought was an innocuous tweet on a Thursday evening. By Sunday she had blocked 568 people on Twitter who were furiously accusing her of encouraging students to break the law and vote twice. She insists she had no such intention, and simply wanted to ensure students didn’t miss out on voting in the general election, because they didn’t know their rights.Continue reading...
Experiment gets teachers and primary pupils to look at life through ‘gender equality lens’
A class of 10-year-olds are sitting on the carpet looking at their teacher with open mouths. Their faces say: outrage.
Their teacher, Rosemary O’Brien, has put up a statement on the board – a real one, by the Football Association in 1921. Football is “quite unsuitable for females”, it says. Across the classroom, pupils are voicing their disagreement.Continue reading...
Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to an objective version of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis? By Laura Spinney
In its first issue of 2010, the scientific journal Nature looked forward to a dazzling decade of progress. By 2020, experimental devices connected to the internet would deduce our search queries by directly monitoring our brain signals. Crops would exist that doubled their biomass in three hours. Humanity would be well on the way to ending its dependency on fossil fuels.
A few weeks later, a letter in the same journal cast a shadow over this bright future. It warned that all these advances could be derailed by mounting political instability, which was due to peak in the US and western Europe around 2020. Human societies go through predictable periods of growth, the letter explained, during which the population increases and prosperity rises. Then come equally predictable periods of decline. These “secular cycles” last two or three centuries and culminate in widespread unrest – from worker uprisings to revolution.Continue reading...