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29th July 2020

List of universities impacted by Blackbaud data breach grows


More British universities have revealed that they were casualties of the data breach incident at cloud services supplier Blackbaud. Newcastle University has now publicly disclosed that its data had been compromised by the breach. Responding to a query from the BBC, a spokeswoman for the university said: “We were made
29th July 2020

Teaching unions urge government to mandate face masks in schools


Teaching unions have urged the government to make face coverings mandatory for teachers and support staff when schools in England reopen in September. They maintain that the measure is necessary to protect against potential COVID-19 infection and help contain the possible spread of the virus. At present, the Department for
28th July 2020

New government tech academy proposed in the US


A novel academic development to advance government access to cutting-edge tech talent is being proposed in the US. An independent advisory committee to the US Department of Defense has suggested the creation of a new government-owned university to boost the number of tech graduates entering the federal administration. The National
28th July 2020

Schools and colleges should be ‘flexible’ over progression to A-level


The exam regulator Ofqual has instructed schools and colleges in England to exercise greater leniency this year in relation to pupils who wish to progress to A-level studies. The watchdog has recommended to English schools and colleges that they should show “greater flexibility” toward pupils who have not achieved the
27th July 2020

University students risk spreading COVID-19 over the summer


Scientific advisers to the British government have raised concerns that university students coming back home from campus for the summer holiday could unwittingly act as COVID-19 disseminators, spreading the virus across the country. The experts, who are members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), cautioned about the possibility
27th July 2020

Oxford and Cambridge pledge ‘flexibility’ over 2020’s A-level results


Cambridge University will disregard a plea made last week to double-check teacher grade predictions for A-level results this year if students miss their offer requirements next month. Instead, Cambridge will join with Oxford University in showing ‘flexibility’ to A-level students who fail to achieve their predicted grades. Last week, Barnaby
24th July 2020

School closures may depress children’s future income for 50 years


A new ‘worst-case scenario’ study commissioned by the Royal Society warns that UK children could lose 3% of their potential lifetime income (totalling approximately £40,000) unless the government can plug the holes in learning caused by its lockdown response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report was compiled by a multidisciplinary
Labour sets out seven steps to relieve COVID-stricken universities
24th July 2020

Labour sets out seven steps to relieve COVID-stricken universities


The Labour Party has urged ministers to adopt “seven key tests” to assist British universities in recuperating from the COVID-19 pandemic. Labour’s announcement, the most detailed concerning higher education since Sir Keir Starmer secured the mantle of party leader in April, described its new key tests for HE as crucial
UK universities over-reliant on Chinese tuition fees, think tank warns
23rd July 2020

UK universities over-reliant on Chinese tuition fees, think tank warns


A think tank has warned that British universities have become too reliant on tuition fee income from Chinese students and recommends that the government replace this income stream with new funding for UK-based students. The report by the ‘Onward’ think tank, which is supported by Conservative Party MPs and donors,
ONS study finds majority of children struggled with home-schooling
23rd July 2020

ONS study finds majority of children struggled with home-schooling


A new study from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that the majority of school-aged children in Britain struggled to maintain home-learning during the school lockdown. ONS researchers undertook a batch of nationally representative surveys encompassing over 12,000 people in the UK. The studies took place on a weekly

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