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UK students waiting up to three months for mental health care

the guardian - 3 hours 26 min ago

University data shows long delays, raising fears young people’s mental welfare will decline in the interim

Students with mental health problems are being forced to wait up to 12 weeks for help from their university, prompting fears that some may take their own lives during the delay.

Undergraduates at the Royal College of Music in London had to wait the longest to start counselling last year, with the worst case being 84 days, figures collected by British universities show.

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Starting school can be a traumatic experience – for the parents | Emma Brockes

the guardian - 3 hours 26 min ago
My children’s school is good and safe, yet dropping them off has stirred an unsoothable panic I haven’t felt since they were babies

There is so much to worry about, said Gertrude Stein, you might as well not worry about any of it. But then again she never dropped two children off at school for the first time. Mine started last week and while one was fine, the other stood in the doorway of her new classroom looking tiny and lost and very alarmed and did the thing that, in extremis, parents fear more than tears: no tears. Looking on from the corridor, I felt something lift up and leave my body like the spirits in Ghost.

Related: I’m a paranoid parent – and proud of it | Catherine Shoard

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Education secretary backs review of university admissions

the guardian - 3 hours 26 min ago

Gavin Williamson says system needs looking at amid growth in use of unconditional offers

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has backed a review into university admissions, including a fresh look at whether school leavers should only apply for places after receiving their A-level results.

Williamson said recent developments, such as the steep rise in unconditional offers to sixth-formers, reopened questions over the admissions system and its calendar, as part of a review being carried out by the Office for Students (OfS), the higher education regulator for England.

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Scottish education subjects review ordered

bbc education - 8 hours 34 min ago
The review follows concern there has been a narrowing of subject choice for secondary pupils to study between S4-S6.
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Only half of UK universities ready for no-deal Brexit – study

the guardian - 9 hours 25 min ago

Universities UK says 80% of members very concerned, with some considering stockpiling

Four out of five British universities are worried about the impact of crashing out of the EU without a deal, as vice-chancellors look to stockpile essential supplies ranging from chemicals to toilet paper.

A survey of members by Universities UK, which represents more than 130 higher education institutions, found that 80% of those responding said they were either “very” or “extremely” concerned about the impact no-deal Brexit will have.

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Universities 'in dark' over student mental health needs

bbc education - 9 hours 26 min ago
A former health minister wants universities to be bound by law to meet students' mental-health needs.
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Gülen-Bewegung: Weltliche Fassade

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 19:41

Eine schwäbische Mädchenschule mit Internat wird von Anhängern des türkischen Predigers Gülen betrieben. Sein Netzwerk verfolgt religiöse Ziele. Doch die Schulleitung streitet den Zusammenhang ab.

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Fragebogen "Alte Schule": Anja Karliczek

sueddeutsche_bild - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 19:41

Heute führt sie das Ministerium mit dem viertgrößten Budget. Als Schülerin spielte sie Doppelkopf, selbst wenn es verboten war. In Mathe hörte die Bildungsministerin trotzdem zu.

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George Orwell was right, private schools bar moves towards a fairer society | Letters

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 18:47
Jol Miskin and Margaret Tulloch on what Labour may do about private education, and Robert Harding and John Lancaster on the Oxbridge intake from state schools

I couldn’t agree more with Melissa Benn that the private school system is “morally rotten” and the moment for its demise is, or could, be close (Education, 10 September). I emphasise “could” as this is hardly a new phenomenon or issue.

George Orwell in The Lion and the Unicorn recognised clearly how private education stood in the way of any move towards a fairer, more egalitarian and equal society. He – a product himself of Eton – knew only too well how those educated in such establishments sustained the status quo of a hierarchical society, with them nicely positioned at the top. Today, look no further than the highest echelons of the legal profession, banking, politics and the armed forces for confirmation: public (private) schools and Oxbridge backgrounds are massively over-represented.

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Lit review – a blistering look at teenage trauma

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 12:12

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
Eve Austin is vividly volatile as a schoolgirl adrift over summer holidays in Sophie Ellerby’s slow-burning drama for HighTide

Year 9 is said to be the toughest for schoolchildren. The looming GCSE workload hasn’t yet fixed their focus, bodies seem to change by the day, emotions explode and a no man’s land opens up between childhood and adulthood. Sophie Ellerby’s slow-burning debut play, Lit, mostly unfolds over the summer holidays bridging years 9 and 10 in a Nottingham secondary. These are weeks that may be spent reading Harry Potter at home, as the sheltered Ruth does, or partying in a field off the A52 with an older boy, which is where Ruth’s unlikely new friend Bex finds herself.

Bex Bentley (“Like the car – proper classy”) can light up a room with her smile and her filthy wit, which is frequently deployed in raging retorts to her beleaguered foster mum, Sylvia. Bex, like Ellerby’s play, can be both as fizzy and sour as the Tangfastic sweets she demands from Dillon, her new boyfriend, before she’ll take her top off.

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As the kids go back to school, let’s all take the chance to refresh

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 11:00

It’s that moment in the year, things are moving on, time to turn a page in life’s new notebook

Three little words that every adult longs to hear: back to school. Words infused with possibility, fear and the smell of strawberry rubbers, they perform a kind of time-machine spell, almost entirely dissociated from a parent’s reality of the new autumn term. Rather than simply a period in which Tesco does a decent two-for-one deal on notebooks, “back to school” is an existential obsession. Without wanting to sound like an ageing cheerleader caked in nostalgia, this time of year has started to inspire in me a kind of yearning for a grown-up equivalent, an opportunity to return, refreshed, and start again.

To bin the uniforms we’ve grown out of, in my case dresses that, instead of making me look cheery and smart, on a body reshaped by time’s mean claw, give me the appearance of Nicholas Lyndhurst dragging up for a Goodnight Sweetheart special. To replace them with new ones suitable for a new term. A chance to look closely at oneself, a year older, and consider who you want to be.

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OKN1, London: ‘These students are our future’ – restaurant review

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 07:30

The young learners working the kitchen at Hoxton’s OKN1 could teach seasoned pros a thing or two

OKN1, 40 Hoxton Street, London N1 6LR (020 7613 9590). Starters £6.50-£8, main courses £11-£15, desserts £3-£6, wines from £22

Few people would describe the building at 40 Hoxton Street as a glamorous landmark, probably not even the architect’s mother. It is a block of yellow brick, with a few glacial cliffs of glass so the light can get in. There are vaguely interesting spindly design features put there, I think, to stop it looking too much like a correctional facility. It is a building with a purpose for which it is fit. So no, not a landmark. Instead, a beacon of hope.

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From the archive: The formation of the Open University, 1970

the guardian - Sun, 15/09/2019 - 06:10

How we greeted the arrival of ‘do-it-yourself degrees’

It’s been 50 years since the formation of the Open University, now one of the largest universities in Europe. The Observer Magazine of 15 November 1970 looked ahead to the start of operations in January 1971 when ‘25,000 ordinary men and women’ were about to realise ‘the promise of belated academic qualifications’. Alan Road’s piece was headlined ‘Do-it-yourself degrees’ (though aren’t all degrees that?)

One of the first things the OU had to overcome was ignorance about how it would work. As Road put it: ‘It will not be possible to obtain a degree by sitting down for a few nights and watching the telly.’ In fact ‘only 5% of a student’s time will be spent viewing’. Ironically enough, I spent at least 20% of my time at a regular university watching TV.

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Facebook removes altered Conservative advertisement

bbc education - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 18:40
The Tories "misused" the platform when they changed the headline on a BBC News story, the company says.
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Academics are fighting the wrong battle over pensions

the guardian - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 18:00

Retirement benefits are indeed declining, and funds are in deficit. But those on zero-hour jobs at universities have it worse

Britain’s university sector is a jewel in the nation’s crown. It is a world leader in research, generates £20bn in export revenues and is credited with playing a big part in raising the productivity of the UK’s workforce during a period of rapid expansion in the 1990s and 2000s.

So successful have universities been in attracting students – even in the teeth of a huge rise in course fees – that they have managed to paper over deep cracks in their finances.

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How MIT was complicit in allowing Jeffrey Epstein to launder his reputation | John Naughton

the guardian - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 18:00

The financier’s links to the institution are symptoms of a deep malaise in big tech

In the parallel moral universe known as the tech industry, the MIT media lab was Valhalla. “The engineers, designers, scientists and physicians who constitute the two dozen research groups housed there,” burbled the Atlantic in a profile of what it called the Idea Factory, “work in what may be the world’s most interesting, most hyper-interdisciplinary thinktank.” It has apparently been responsible for a host of groundbreaking innovations including “the technology behind the Kindle and Guitar Hero” (I am not making this up) and its researchers “end up pollinating other projects with insights and ideas, within a hive of serendipitous collaboration”.

That was written in 2011. In the last two weeks, we have discovered that some of this groundbreaking work was funded by Jeffrey Epstein, the financial wizard who took his own life rather than face prosecution for sex trafficking and other crimes. It should be pointed out that most of those researchers were entirely unaware of who was funding their work and some of them have been very upset by learning the truth. Their distress is intensified by the discovery that their ignorance was not accidental.

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In First, California Would Require Public Universities to Provide Abortion Pills

NYTimes - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 17:03
The bill, if signed by the governor, would mark a new way of giving women access to abortion as conservative states tighten restrictions
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Equitation : quand le cheval se cabre

lemonde_edu - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 07:00
Le cavalier victime d’un accident doit, pour être indemnisé de son préjudice, démontrer une faute du centre équestre, qui n’est redevable que d’une obligation de sécurité de moyen. Il parvient rarement à prouver que la monture n’était pas adaptée à son niveau.
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World Afro Day: Kids takeover for Big Hair Assembly

bbc education - Sat, 14/09/2019 - 02:17
Children around the world are being educated about afro hair ahead of World Afro Day.
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Conservative Party Facebook advert altered BBC headline

bbc education - Fri, 13/09/2019 - 23:30
The party says it is reviewing its Facebook advertising after criticism of the way a BBC story was used.
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