Mature students

Next NHS staff shortages will include radiographers, as courses close | Education

Radiography and nursing degree courses may be at risk of closure, academics are warning – at a time when the NHS is wrestling with a recruitment crisis. The Council of Deans of Health has now drawn up an “at risk” list of university courses struggling to attract and retain enough students following the removal of the student bursary in 2017. The courses include: radiography, mental health nursing, learning disability nursing, podiatry and prosthetics. The list also includes orthotics, which is…

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Open University ‘at the heart of switch to a green UK economy’ | Education

Heading the Open University, a British institution venerated on a par with the NHS, would be a huge responsibility, Tim Blackman, its new vice-chancellor, was warned by fellow university leaders. But, they said, “we all believe in the OU”. There have been times in the past few years when this veneration has been tested. The government’s decision in 2012 to raise tuition fees and cut grants delivered a shock to the OU’s business model, which relied on mature and part-time…

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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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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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‘Symbolically posh’ Bristol University expanding to wrong side of tracks | Education

In the well-heeled district of Clifton in Bristol, with its Georgian crescents and French brasseries, 100% of school leavers go to university. Yet in the southern suburb of Hartcliffe, the figures are the lowest in the country: only 8.6% make it there. This is the divided face of Brexit Britain. Bristol University, part of the Russell Group and a favourite among private school students, has long been at the privileged heart of Clifton. But it has radical plans to pull…

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How I found my vocation: ‘I was told I wasn’t intelligent enough to study’ | Education

I always wanted to study law, but as a teenager I was told I wasn’t smart enough. That put me off for years. I grew up in west London in a working-class, single-parent family. My mother, who was a chauffeur, had my sister when I was 13; it was a difficult birth and she was in intensive care for a long time. She also suffered from postnatal depression, so I spent a lot of time caring for my baby sister…

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