Careers

The government must protect universities in this crisis or job cuts will follow | Jo Grady | Education

Colleges and universities deliver vital opportunities and drive economic growth. Yet the current coronavirus crisis is now creating huge financial uncertainty in post-16 education. As the general secretary of the University and College Union, I have today written to the government setting out a plan that will protect universities and colleges so they can play their full role in the recovery of our society and economy once the virus is defeated. Most importantly, the government must make a firm commitment…

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Lecturers went on strike over insecure jobs – now we fear coronavirus cuts | Charlotte Morris | Education

It’s no secret that around half of university teaching staff are on temporary contracts. While they feel anxious and insecure at the best of times, they are now doubly so due to the threat coronavirus poses to their future careers. This has been compounded by reports about academic job losses in Australia and hiring freezes in US universities. Now, with the news in the UK that the University of Sussex is reviewing temporary contracts across the institution and Bristol and…

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One in five students lose money by going to university, IFS finds | Education

One in five students would be financially better off if they skipped higher education, according to groundbreaking research that compares the lifetime earnings of graduates and non-graduates. Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found while 80% of former students gained financially from attending university, about 20% earned less than those with similar school results who did not attend, highlighting how some subjects, such as creative arts, offer negative financial returns. The IFS research – which uses tax data to…

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As students, we support our striking lecturers in their fight for education | Claire Sosienski Smith | Education

As staff at more than 70 universities walk out on strike, students are standing by their side. Over the coming weeks you will see us on the picket line, holding sit-ins in university buildings and campaigning for better working conditions for our educators and support staff. We know that this is not just a fight for improved pay, workload and pensions: this is a fight for our education. Since tuition fees were introduced in 1998, higher education in the UK…

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UK universities face pressure to reform admissions process | Education

British universities are taking a hard look at changes to their admissions procedures for undergraduates, after evidence that significant numbers of disadvantaged and ethnic minority students are dissatisfied with the current system.A survey of university applicants commissioned by vice-chancellors and seen by the Guardian found that many black and other ethnic minority candidates, as well as those from families without a history of studying in higher education, complained of obstacles during their applications, including poor careers advice and a time-consuming…

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‘Naked intimidation’: how universities silence academics on social media | Education

When Cardiff University PhD student Grace Krause began getting headaches and back pain after staring at a computer screen for days on end, she decided to speak out online. “Staff are marking hundreds of essays in an impossibly short time. It is exhausting. Everyone is in crisis mode. Stressed, moody, morose, everyone feels like they’re drowning,” she wrote on Twitter. The tweet came after a colleague had killed himself on campus and the inquest cited workload as a factor. Within…

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What are apprenticeships? Essential questions answered | Education

What are they? An apprenticeship is a training programme for those aged 16 or over, combining hands-on paid work with the chance to learn and earn qualifications. In theory, anyone can become an apprentice, as there is no maximum age limit for applying. How long do they take? They take at least 12 months to complete, but can last up to six years. This depends on the apprenticeship chosen, the level it is at and the previous experience of the…

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As CEO, starting out as an apprentice in my industry taught me what drives people | Education

I went to a grammar school but I wasn’t really into the academic scene back then. As a teenager, I was more interested in tinkering with cars, to be honest. I couldn’t ever see myself in an office job, which is why I applied for an apprenticeship. I figured it would teach me something practical. I applied to various companies and eventually landed a position as a cable jointer with the North Eastern Electricity Board in York. I’ve got to…

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An informal apprenticeship led me to a career in gardening – and TV | Education

I started my career with a Saturday job at a garden centre. I was studying for A-levels but I hated college, so I dropped out – which went down like a lead balloon with my parents. I went to work at the garden centre full time over the summer. By the end of the summer I realised I probably ought to do some training. It was that wonderful thing of being a teenager and feeling like you know everything then…

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Horticulture apprenticeships: the UK growers tackling a skills shortage from the ground up | Education

Green skills are in alarming decline in Britain, according to the director general of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Despite the horticulture industry contributing about £9bn to the UK economy and employing around 300,000 people, 70% of businesses in the sector say they struggle to fill vacancies and 83% put this down to the poor perception of horticulture in schools and colleges, according to the RHS. But at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex, one institute has…

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Career paths: how these apprentices from the 1990s reached the top | Education

Government figures indicate that almost a quarter of a million people started a modern apprenticeship scheme in the five years following their introduction in 1994. The people below are just six of those hundreds of thousands who became apprentices in sectors from business to stonemasonry between 1994 and 1999. Although not all of our six interviewees enjoyed or valued every aspect of their apprenticeship, every one considers now that the scheme they joined was a worthwhile way to start their…

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How to make a living from your art: young artists share their stories | Education

The painter: ‘I let my first success go to my head’ After I graduated I tried a couple of odd jobs doing coffee work and even a marketing internship, but that wasn’t for me. One day I found the confidence to organise my own solo show at a local gallery in south London. (I had been painting the whole time.) I sold 90% of the work and thought I could take about two months off before I ran out of…

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Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #118 – Education Article

Welcome to my 118th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Area and PerimeterThanks to @thatboycanteach for sharing an area and perimeter investigation here (see his tweet for the whole activity). This was inspired by Simon Gregg (@Simon_Gregg) sharing #numbersearch images – you can read about #numbersearch and find resources here. 2. Reasoning Tasks I like this new resource idea from Andy Lutwyche (@andylutwyche). There are eight slides – each…

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Poor careers advice at university hits minority students hardest | Education

When black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students come to my careers consultancy, it means they haven’t been hearing the right things from their uni. One student told me he didn’t feel his white careers advisors could relate to his experience of life as a young black male. They couldn’t quite grasp why he struggled with being assertive on paper and in interviews, which he said was a result of adapting in order to come across as likeable and counteract…

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The sandwich degree: how to fill your course with a dream placement | Education

When Heidi Hawkins applied for her degree in business management at the University of Huddersfield, the sandwich year was the main appeal. “I was interested in marketing, but didn’t take it as a degree subject. I thought spending a year working in the industry would confirm whether it should be my future career,” she says. “The application procedure was draining. Eventually I secured my placement in communications at an NHS hospital after endless applications and four interviews. But it was…

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The trouble with ‘side hustles’ at university | Education

They’re known as “side hustles”, but more often than not, they’re lifelines for students and young people. The side hustle is a way to make money from a hobby or skill and comes in many forms, from artwork to running a start-up. They can provide relief for those under financial stress – but they can also leave students thinly stretched. Oxford PhD student Chelsea Haith was already spending the main portion of her day on her laptop, so she reasoned…

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