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  • ‘There’s spitting, foul language’: the reality of working in a college in badly behaved Britain June 2, 2023
    The pandemic shrank the world for many students. Now, anything unfamiliar prompts either anxiety or aggressionI started working as a learning support assistant about 12 years ago. I have worked with every age group, from nursery through to people in their 60s, mostly in schools in working-class areas where the progression to higher education is […]
    As told to Elle Hunt
  • Black Belfast girl threatened after telling of unease over Of Mice and Men June 2, 2023
    Police informed Angel Mhande’s family of threat after her call for novel to be dropped from GCSE courseA Black teenager in Northern Ireland has been threatened after calling for the removal of John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel Of Mice and Men from the GCSE curriculum.Police visited the Belfast home of Angel Mhande this week to notify […]
    Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
  • British universities can no longer financially depend on foreign students. They must reform to survive | Simon Jenkins June 2, 2023
    With spiralling deficits and little prospect of government support, higher education’s only long-term hope lies in radical changeUniversities are becoming primary victims of the chaos enveloping Britain’s public sector. News reported in the Guardian has vice-chancellors pleading for a “new model” of government funding. This follows reports that one-third of England’s universities are trading at […]
    Simon Jenkins
  • Labour vows to overhaul planned Tory changes to student loan system June 2, 2023
    Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson says party would reduce monthly repayments for graduatesLabour has promised to overhaul changes to the student loan system being planned by the Conservative government in a way that could reduce monthly repayments for graduates.Bridget Phillipson, the shadow education secretary, said on Friday the tuition fees system was “broken”, but repeated […]
    Kiran Stacey
  • Parents outline ‘woeful’ mental health support for students at UK universities June 2, 2023
    Survey follows petition demanding legislation for a statutory duty of care in higher educationStudents who are struggling with their mental health can wait a whole academic year to receive help from university counselling services, while others are allowed only six sessions for their entire degree, according to a new survey.Parents who took part in the […]
    Sally Weale Education correspondent
  • Languages and creative arts losing favour with GCSE and A-level students June 1, 2023
    More vocational subjects such as computing and business preferred by those studying in EnglandLanguages and the creative arts are falling out of favour among GCSE and A-level students, who are increasingly opting for more vocational subjects such as computing and business studies.Provisional figures for England show exam entries for German have fallen by 17% for […]
    Rachel Hall
  • England’s ‘free speech tsar’ named in announcement to one newspaper June 1, 2023
    Government accused of paying ‘lip service’ to free speech as Arif Ahmed is given higher education roleA Cambridge philosophy professor is to become the government’s first “free speech tsar” for higher education in England, it has been revealed, in an announcement made initially only to one newspaper – a move that led critics to accuse […]
    Peter Walker Deputy political editor
  • ‘To the class of 2023, I say three words: you poor bastards’: the year’s best graduation speeches June 1, 2023
    Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and Karine Jean-Pierre deliver words of wisdom at commencement ceremonies across USIt’s been a typical commencement season across the US, with luminaries from the worlds of journalism, Hollywood and politics offering students the wisdom of their experience. The tradition stretches back over a century, and some of the most famous speeches […]
    Matthew Cantor
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