Universities need to promote more women to professor

Women are still underrepresented in leadership positions in universities – this has to change“Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” Those were the words uttered by pioneering British scientist Rosalind Franklin, who firmly believed that the pursuit of science should be accessible to all.

School heads write to millions of parents over funding cuts

7,000 headteachers sending letter home with pupils accusing DfE of refusing to face effects of cutsThe education secretary, Damian Hinds, has been criticised by the headteachers’ campaigning group Worth Less? for refusing to meet headteachers and hear first-hand their struggles with funding cuts.In a letter...

Prevent scheme ‘fosters fear and censorship at universities’

Just Yorkshire’s report, citing interviews with Muslim students and academics, urges closure of anti-radicalisation programmeThe government’s anti-radicalisation scheme, Prevent, is instilling “fear, suspicion and censorship” on university campuses, an advocacy group has warned.In a report based on interviews with 36 Muslim students, academics and...

UK’s Prevent guidance to universities unlawful, court rules

Court of appeal finds Prevent guidelines on inviting controversial speakers violate freedom of speechThe government’s Prevent duty guidance to universities is unlawful and must be rewritten, judges have ruled after a successful judicial review argued that it violated freedom of speech.The court of appeal...

Knife crime and school exclusions are symptoms of a wider malaise

More and more children are being excluded, as the system gives up on young people – with dire consequencesIf a playground had a faulty swing that was regularly injuring children, what would be the right response? Line up a row of ambulances to wait on standby or...

Set the children free – show them the joy of reading for reading’s sake

To slip the confines of reality for 15 or 20 minutes is a superpower too few of our schools are nurturingFor many young people today, books are only for school and exams – the notion of reading for simple pleasure is greatly diminishing.This...

Cambridge University offers disadvantaged students second chance to apply

Up to 100 places to be available under scheme as part of efforts to improve diversityThe University of Cambridge is seeking to increase student diversity by offering disadvantaged candidates who narrowly miss out on a place a second chance to apply after they get their A-level results.

Pupils shouldn’t be denied LGBT lessons – whatever their parents say

Growing up gay and Muslim, I know I would have benefited. Parkfield school should continue its ‘No Outsiders’ programmeParkfield community school in Birmingham has found itself in the headlines once again after protests against its No Outsiders lessons. The protests by the school’s largely Muslim parent body garnered a lot...

How schools and businesses are addressing the Stem diversity gap

Taking away the ‘fear factor’ could help raise the profile of science, technology, engineering and maths careers – especially among female pupilsHow to encourage more young people, particularly female students, to study science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects and go on to apprenticeships is an ever-growing problem.

A rise in apprenticeship wages is tempting those put off by tuition fees

Studying for free appeals to many who hope to progress their careers and, as universities raise the cost of tuition, getting paid to train sounds better than everApprentices don’t pay a penny for their training and get paid while they learn, which means that, unlike university students, they...

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