Oxford diversity jumps – A record 70% of Oxford University’s undergraduates next year will come from state schools. Five years ago state school applicants to Oxford received just 56% of undergraduate offers and 43% went to those educated at independent schools, despite a substantial imbalance in the numbers applying. The university found itself regularly criticised for ignoring well-qualified, state-educated students, especially from black or disadvantaged backgrounds. Target Oxbridge – a diversity recruitment programme which has the author Zadie Smith as a patron – says it has helped a record number of British students of black heritage gain places at Oxford and Cambridge. Naomi Kellman, one of its founders, said: “We started with just six students in 2012, and so it is amazing to see the programme now supporting over 70 black British students to secure Oxbridge offers.” … [Read more...] about Thursday briefing: Trump impeachment goes to Senate
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“Who knows where we will be in 30 years’ time? Or how many prime ministers we’ll have had?” Doku said, pointing out that since 2012 the government has already made significant changes, including scrapping maintenance grants and pushing down the income levels that trigger repayment. … [Read more...] about Tuition fees should be scrapped, says ‘architect’ of fees Andrew Adonis
Burnham didn’t expect homelessness to be the key issue in his campaign when he launched his mayoral bid last year. Back then he was making slightly cringeworthy statements about “putting the swagger back into Manchester’s music scene” and suggesting it was tough growing up in the north because people “took the mickey” if you wanted to be a lawyer or an MP. He still has a tendency to suggest that everyone in Greater Manchester is drinking Bovril and trying to be Oasis: earlier this month he responded to the Tory idea of giving special “barista visas” to young European latte makers by tweeting: “God forbid the idea of waiting longer in the morning for their posh coffee.” … [Read more...] about Northern powerhouse or cardboard city – can a new mayor fix Manchester?
“We should have used the aftermath of the referendum result to go around the country, holding public meeting after public meeting to stir up a democratic revolution, pledging to take on the political establishment and raise up the people’s demands beyond our institutional arrangements with the European Union,” she said. … [Read more...] about Labour must stir up democratic revolution to win power, says Long-Bailey