Communities

Will Covid-19 show us how to design better cities? | Society

Covid-19 has changed the way that towns and cities look. It has offered views of public places with fewer cars and cleaner air, roads you can stroll down, cycling without danger. It has made some things seem more precious, such as green spaces and parks. It has renewed appreciation of the social infrastructures of support and care. It has heightened awareness of the ways in which one person’s actions can affect another’s. It has made everyone more conscious of the…

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‘Is this all a dream?’: my cramped week self-isolating in student halls | Education

TuesdayBoth my fiancee and I are marketing postgraduate students. We live in halls but study at different universities. She lives in London, and I live in Surrey. I am a care leaver while she is an international student from Wuhan, China. My day begins at 4am, when I lie awake in my girlfriend’s flat. We have been here for three weeks self-isolating. The room is cramped; I am on an airbed next to her single bed (she has a back…

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When we helped to ban child marriage, suddenly girls had a future | Rory Truell | Education

You have to start with what the people want, what their concerns are and to bring everyone together, so they can realise their power to change things,” says social worker Jino Joy. These words were spoken in India, but they could have been said by a social worker anywhere in the world. International Social Work Day is a time to highlight the role of social workers in empowering people and facilitating social transformation from India to Iceland. Joy and his…

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Private student housing is failing students. The government must step in | Graham Galbraith | Education

Settling in at university can be difficult for students – so the last thing they need is to arrive and find they have nowhere to live. Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened up and down the country this year, not least for more than 200 University of Portsmouth students. Two days before our students were due to move in they were told their new private development was not ready. Could they stay at home for the first few weeks…

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Scotland is tackling barriers for estranged students – so should the rest of the UK | Becca Bland | Education

This week the Scottish government announced the first review of its kind into estranged young people in universities. This will bring vital recognition for those who exist off the radar of the care system but have no relationship with their parents. Not only will it gather data on these people for the first time, it will consider extending to them the bursary and corporate parenting entitlements that care-experienced young people receive. This is a critically important move. We often assume…

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‘Every moment here is magical’: Essex school wins dementia award | Education

A primary school in Essex has won a national dementia award for an innovative intergenerational project, which brings together isolated older adults and children in need of additional support with extraordinary results. The project at Downshall primary school in Ilford is one of a growing number of intergenerational initiatives in the UK designed to bring benefits to both old and young, while helping to fill the gaps left by cuts to local community support services. At Downshall, older adults experiencing…

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Stormzy to fund Cambridge scholarships for black students | Education

Stormzy has announced that he is funding two scholarships for black British students to go to Cambridge University. The grime artist will pay the students’ tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course. Speaking on Thursday at his former school, the Harris City Academy in Croydon, south London, where A-level students were opening their results, Stormzy told BBC Breakfast: “If you’re academically brilliant don’t think because you come from a certain…

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‘Students have a bad name’: how cities are healing the town v gown divide | Education

Wild parties, chaotic flatshares and heavy drinking are viewed with affection as the youthful hijinks associated with university life – but not by everyone. With some universities rapidly expanding following the removal of the student numbers cap, these behaviours are fuelling a growing divide between students and their local communities. The past year has seen reports describe how residents are “fed up” with noisy student parties in Bristol, how student housing is “destroying the local community” in Brighton and Liverpool,…

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Charter Schools Exploit Children of Color – Education Article

    Go to most impoverished black neighborhoods and you’re bound to find three things in abundance.     Liquor stores, payday lenders and charter schools.     It is no accident.     In the inner city, the underemployed compete for a shortage of minimum wage jobs, healthcare is minimal, public transportation inadequate and the schools are underfunded and short staffed.     But that doesn’t mean money isn’t being made.     In capitalist America, we make sure…

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To avoid blazes like Bolton’s, we must radically overhaul student housing | Eva Crossan Jory | Education

The fire at a student residence in Bolton has brought into sharp relief the need for action on fire safety standards in student accommodation. It’s been more than two years since the tragedy of Grenfell, and hundreds of blocks – including many student developments – are still covered in flammable ACM cladding, with thousands of households living in fear. Landlords and private companies have dragged their feet in removing it, and the government has only approved preliminary funding to help…

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Here’s an election idea: why not let anyone sit Oxbridge finals? | Laura McInerney | Education

Political parties are so busy suddenly falling over themselves to put money into education, it feels as if we’re living in a learning piñata. Bang! Boris Johnson promises more cash for schools. Boom! Jeremy Corbyn will fund six years of learning for adults. Womp! The Lib Dems are making lifelong higher education free-ish. It is not a second too soon. Schools and colleges are on their knees; adult education is in critical condition. When was the last time you met…

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Student buildings still covered in Grenfell-style cladding | Society

Thousands of students arriving at university for freshers’ week face sleeping in high-rise accommodation wrapped in combustible Grenfell-style cladding, the government has admitted. Fifty-four privately owned student residential towers in England remain clad in aluminium composite material similar to that which helped spread the fire at Grenfell Tower 15 months ago, claiming 72 lives. The extent of the problem was revealed in figures released on Thursday by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Only eight of the 62…

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How the people of Rochdale launched their own fightback against sexual abuse and poverty | Education

Luci, a place team worker, is sitting with a group of women round the big kitchen table at a Friday afternoon drop-in centre in the Lower Falinge estate in Rochdale. “What is adult education exactly?” she asks. “You picture people in classrooms, in rows. That’s not what we do here.” She is talking about the Citizens’ Curriculum, a local project that has been highly successful in redressing the deficit in adult education, an acknowledged national problem. Rochdale, one of the…

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