Open University

Like the Open University, we now need an Open School for the whole country | Tim Brighouse and Bob Moon | Education

When the Covid-19 emergency is over, schools will face a monumental task. Children who have been learning at home will need support in making the transition to the “in school” curriculum. The needs of disadvantaged youngsters, who will have fallen even further behind during the closure, will have to be a priority. We cannot just think of the lockdown as a very long holiday with schools able to pick up as if nothing had happened. Many teachers have been displaying…

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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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UK-led cancer and climate trials at risk as British researchers become liability | Education

British researchers say they are being shut out of bids for major European research partnerships, or asked to keep a low profile, because of fears that the threat of a no-deal Brexit could contaminate chances of success. An analysis by University College London of the latest EU research funding data shows that UCL and eight other Russell Group universities were running around 50 big European research collaborations a year in 2016, but only 20 in 2018. Researchers say that taking…

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