Along with all the expectations among freshers, you sense plenty of that implied pride and ambition. Liverpool’s main university campuses are just off Hope Street and, despite everything, that feels about right. Despite a challenging summer, Beer still confesses to excitement at going around her halls of residence, “trying to settle people in”. The next round of that welcome began at her university yesterday with an open day for 13,000 prospective students and their families. “For all the noise, people are still putting their faith in higher education,” she says. “And people still have positive and high motives for the commitment. We need to be kinder and more supportive as a nation of that, rather than constantly expressing the politics of envy and begrudging.” … [Read more...] about What next for England’s troubled universities?
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'I'm partially relieved that no one else will have to deal with the stress of being given grades like this... if an event like this happens again in the future I can only hope that things would improve.' … [Read more...] about A first from Oxford is now easier than ever: Top-class degrees dished out by Britain’s best universities almost TRIPLES over past two decades – sparking claims institutions are dumbing down to boost results
Facts and figuresAccording to the 2011 Census, 62% of Gypsies and travellers in Wales had no qualifications and 7% had a Level Four qualification, such as a Bachelors degree or higherBetween 2013 and 2015, only 15.5% of pupils from Gypsy and Gypsy Roma backgrounds achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C - compared with 56% of all pupilsFigures released in January, however, showed that had risen to 24.4%In February, the Welsh Assembly's education committee warned there was a lack of effective monitoring of a grant designed to help some of the lowest achieving children including Gypsies, Roma and travellers. Another report, published by think tank LKMco in July, found young people from Gypsy, Roma and traveller backgrounds were estimated to be 10 times less likely to go to university compared to peersMs Morgan said she only became interested in education again about five years ago after getting involved with Pembrokeshire council's Unity Project, which aimed to enable Gypsies and … [Read more...] about Gypsy women breaking education barriers with uni degrees
Can the NHS boost nurse numbers by 50,000? Nurses' leaders urge 'care for those caring' 'We try our best as nurses, but it's not enough' However, Mike Adams, the Royal College of Nursing's director for England, said wider investment was needed to educate enough registered nurses. … [Read more...] about Nursing apprenticeship funding gets £172m boost
'So long as that's not automatically guaranteeing that they're going to get that result, which I think just adds another inequality, then I can understand the thinking there – and I suspect it's a Government wanting to show that it too, like the Government in Scotland, is being sympathetic to children and young people in unprecedented times.' … [Read more...] about Ministers vow A-level results WILL be ‘standardised’ despite concession on using mock grades – amid warnings a Scottish-style U-turn to give teachers the final say could hike pass rates by 12 percentage points and taint a generation of youngsters