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Academics propose new ‘social value’ metrics for university rankings
22nd July 2020

Academics propose new ‘social value’ metrics for university rankings


The vice-presidents of three top universities in Britain, Australia and the US have devised a new framework to evaluate the extent to which higher education establishments engage with the wider society to demonstrate their social worth. The framework is detailed in a new report, ‘Advancing University Engagement: University Engagement and
GCSE and A-level results will be slightly better than 2019
22nd July 2020

GCSE and A-level results will be slightly better than 2019


The exams regulator Ofqual has confirmed that grades for GCSE and A-levels this summer will be slightly higher than last year, with examination boards prepared for greater leniency due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Written examinations were cancelled this year due to the government response to the coronavirus.
Quick repayment tool for student loans slammed as “misleading”
21st July 2020

Quick repayment tool for student loans slammed as “misleading”


A new ‘quick repayment’ tool featured on the Student Loans Company (SLC) website has been sharply criticised as “irresponsible and dangerous” by consumer finance champion Martin Lewis. Lewis condemned the new tool featured on the website for painting a “damaging, demoralising” picture to graduates by exaggerating the status of their
Return-to-work parents in “impossible position” due to insufficient childcare
21st July 2020

Return-to-work parents in “impossible position” due to insufficient childcare


The leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, has warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he is placing parents returning to work over the summer in an “impossible position” due to insufficient childcare provision. Starmer’s charge followed a press conference by Johnson on Friday, during which he urged the
20th July 2020

Students referred to Prevent scheme revealed to have data shared


Prevent is an anti-terrorism scheme set up by the government in response to the 2017 attack on the Manchester Arena, which occurred at the end of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. When it was revealed that the terrorist attack was conducted by a former student of Manchester
20th July 2020

Scottish schools reopening in August not yet guaranteed


An education chief has explained that the full-time reopening of Scottish schools in August is not yet guaranteed. This warning comes after reports earlier this week stated that the set target for school reopening in full was 11th August. It was also suggested that staff should adhere to social distancing
17th July 2020

Standardisation of grades due to pandemic evokes fears of bias


It has already been reported that black and Asian minority ethnic students are likely to underachieve as a result of the standardisation of GCSE and A-level grades this summer, but this apparent bias may also affect improving schools across the nation. Exam regulator Ofqual stated back in April that it
17th July 2020

Teachers in Scotland to social distance in August – but not children


Expectations regarding how feasible it is to keep young school children socially distanced has been a point of conversation ever since select pupils have slowly been returning to their daily routine. This is perhaps why it has recently been announced that schools in Scotland, which are expected to return in
Universities could feel the effect of Chinese students’ coronavirus fears
16th July 2020

Universities could feel the effect of Chinese students’ coronavirus fears


Last week, it was reported that Queen’s University Belfast had plans to transport a vast number of students in a private jet from China to Northern Ireland. The flight, scheduled for September 2020, will be dedicated to Chinese students only, to ease students’ anxieties while bringing in necessary revenue amid
Study finds Britain’s royal schools of music have 99% white curriculum
16th July 2020

Study finds Britain’s royal schools of music have 99% white curriculum


A change in academic syllabuses in Western educational institutions has been a long time coming, and the recent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement has meant that the cogs of this process are now beginning to turn. One particularly notable current example of this is the findings of the

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