23 février 2014

Lotteries used to break middle-class hold on school places

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . Traditional catchment areas are being dismantled in England's inner-cities in favour of lotteries and banding systems designed to stop middle-class families dominating places. Tens of thousands of children face losing the automatic right to a place at their local secondary school amid a surge in the number of comprehensives using lottery-style admissions policies. Read more...

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Lecturers threaten marking boycott in ongoing pay row

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . Members of the University and College Union, which represents lecturers, could refuse to mark students' work this summer as part of an ongoing protest over pay. Student graduations may be at risk after lecturers’ leaders backed plans for a marking boycott as part of an escalating row over pay. Read more...

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Leading universities 'expand by a third in just two years'

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . UCAS figures show that leading universities have seen their student numbers grow by as much as a third in two years following a relaxation of recruitment controls. Britain’s top universities have grown by more than a third in just two years amid rapid expansion of the higher education system, figures show. Institutions such as Bristol, Exeter, University College London, Aston and Newcastle have benefited the most from government reforms designed to give universities freedom to recruit more students. Read more...

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HEA publishes UK and US perspectives on maths and quantitative skills in biological sciences teaching

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/css/hea2/images/hea2-header-bg-swirl.pngA report launched today by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) has called for more support for biological sciences students who are either extremely able in maths or who may struggle with the subject.

The report, Perspectives from the UK and US on integrating mathematics into the teaching and learning of the biological sciences in higher education, concludes that some students were not prepared for the level of mathematics in their course curriculum. The research found that in the UK the vast majority of bioscience programmes accept GCSE maths and the resulting variability in maths ability makes it extremely challenging to support mathematically able students to advance to their full potential.

Students at all levels of ability could be better supported by more effective use of innovative teaching practices such as problem-based learning, group learning, classroom inversion, contextualisation of maths within biology, and cross-disciplinary student research projects.

Two-thirds of the US academics who responded to the report’s survey said their teaching approaches had changed towards more inquiry-based, active learning approaches, often moving away from the traditional lecture. In the UK a greater degree of interactivity was also desired, but the main method for achieving this was by the use of engagement technology such as ‘clickers’.

The report also noted that the move towards active and collaborative learning could have a positive impact on student retention, with students who were poorly prepared for the mathematics on their course more likely to drop out or switch courses.

Nathan Pike, co-author of the report and HEA Discipline Lead for Biological Sciences, said: “University teachers, researchers, employers, policy makers, and students all share the opinion that mathematical skills, and the ability to apply these skills within the biological sciences, are absolutely key.

“In this report we’ve compared recent UK and US initiatives to improve the teaching and learning of biomathematics and assessed the impact of these initiatives on the student learning experience. There is plenty to be learnt from comparing the differing higher education systems of the UK and the US and I look forward to sharing the recommendations with colleagues across STEM disciplines.”

The full report can be downloaded here.

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Men's Learning - A New Book On A Major Issue

The Universities Association for Lifelong LearningThere is increasing recognition of significant factors in the lifelong education of men, through school, working age and in retirement. A new book, published by NIACE,  aims to be the definitive study of this worldwide problem, and to 'increase men’s participation and promote practices that will contribute to men’s learning and wellbeing, particularly in contexts and life stages for men beyond paid work.'  One of the authors of Men Learning through Life is  UALL Vice Chair Rob Mark, and the book will be launched on the 9th April at the UALL Annual Conference.

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UALL Annual Awards - Adjudication Now Complete

The Universities Association for Lifelong LearningThe 2014 UALL Awards adjudication is now complete. The winner and runners-up will be announced at the Conference Dinner on 10 April. Each year UALL members compete for the Award, which is for innovative and creative programmes in lifelong learning. The Awards aim to showcase enterprising initiatives even in tough financial times, and each year we have a strong field of candidates, making the adjudication both difficult and exciting as we judge projects which are creative, enterprising and sustainable. The winner takes home an elegant trophy, and the runners-up certificates to display in their home institutions.  Entries for 2015 will be invited in the summer. Meanwhile, registration for the Annual Conference in London, April 9-11, is open  - for details click here

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International Women's Day 2014 - March 8

By Terri Macdonald. The NTEU joins other unions and progressive organisations around the world in celebrating International Women's Day (IWD) this year, whilst warning we face a new battle to improve Gender Equity in the Workplace. 
Since 1911, this day has been a global event, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future, and mobilising to address the challenges. Around the globe, unions organise rallies, marches, fairs and debates, and reflect on the progress made to advance women’s equality, assess the challenges facing girls and women, look at ways to improve the quality of life and to actualize rights, and to empower girls and women in all spheres of human endeavour
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IMF agrees: more investment needed in education

By Courtney Sloane. International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief, Christine Lagarde, used last night’s QandA program to underscore the importance of investing in education.

Christine Lagarde: “Clearly, investing in health, investing in education, making sure there are equal opportunities for all is something where public money is needed. And it is not a question of - what did you call it? Vested rights? No, entitlements…”

Tony Jones: “The age of entitlements is over is Joe Hockey's phrase.” 

Christine Lagarde: “I'd respond by [saying] investing in health and education is a priority.” More...

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