UK Education

From 'Pramface' to Professor: Look What Can Happen If We Support Teenage Mothers Instead of Stigmatising Them....

Alex Blakemore | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Blakemore

Being at university was very different from being at home changing nappies and reading stories to my three babies... Investing in young mums (and dads too) by giving support, encouragement and free or affordable full-time childcare is vital, as is removing barriers to education. Who knows what those other young women - insultingly known as "pramfaces" - could turn out to be if they were helped and supported as I was.

Who Brings the Zoo to You?

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Daniel Allen

What I dislike is the lack of regulation, and the rise of start-up companies with neither the knowledge nor experience to share such specialist animals with the public. The problem with animal encounter companies can be split broadly into two main areas: animal welfare, and, public safety.

Brogan Driscoll

Why Sexual Violence Will Only End If We Get Boys On Board

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When photos of Jada, the 16-year-old American girl allegedly raped at a house party, went viral and sparked the hashtag #JadaPose, thousands of online...

Getting an Education in the Peruvian Jungle: The Chaskawasi Project

Katarina Zimmer | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katarina Zimmer

For one day in the year the whole village queues for hours in hope of doctors' advice for a variety of ailments. At the last visit, four of the children were unable to see a doctor regarding eye problems that hindered them in reading because the system works on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Embryonic Knowledge

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The Embryo Project, directed by Jane Maienschein and Manfred Laubichler, brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines who look at the history, science and various issues surrounding the growing fields of embryology, development and reproductive medicine.

Under-Represented: How to Encourage Welsh Students to Oxbridge

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

From the outside, Oxford seems impervious to change... The depiction of the university as a hidebound institution content to stay locked in its ivory tower, however, is misguided. The university is champing at the bit for reform, yet there are some areas in which it is found lacking.

Embracing the Challenge

Haris Suleman | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Haris Suleman

A lot of people have expressed concern that the journey that my father and I have set out on is a risky venture. Some have even questioned why we woul...

What You Need to Know About the Next Generation of Women

Jenny Garrett | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

Contrary to the common portrayal of young women as selfie taking celebrity obsessives, wrestling with self-confidence and body issues, the findings offer an alternative perspective on a generation of girls comfortable in their own skin, driven by opportunity and liberated by technology.

Do the Skeleton Shuffle...

Caragh Little | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

The skeletons in my closet have been going through a bit of a reshuffle too. It's all the rage. With cries of rage and anguish from those who think that teachers do nothing anyway, schools have reached the summer break and there's time for clearing out the closets and tidying the loft.

Britain's Grammatical Meltdown

Alexander Bowden | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Alexander Bowden

It is fair enough when one needs to write quickly in a personal message but this attitude needn't find its way into our press, our literature or our own writing. Call me the grammar police but whatever you do, just make sure your comment on this post makes sense.

Cabinet Reshuffle: Paterson and Gove Sackings Are Long Overdue

Natalie Bennett | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The removal of a truly dreadful secretary of state - who in the badger cull demonstrated his broader contempt or total failure to understand scientific evidence - is something to celebrate. The departure of education secretary Michael Gove is also cause for celebration. Again, his replacement is largely an unknown quality, her vote against gay marriage a cause for concern, but there's an opportunity here for the government to draw a line under a truly awful period for English schools.

#GoveGone: The Funniest Twitter Reactions To Michael Gove No Longer Being Education Secretary

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Comedy

There was dancing in the streets! Or at least in the staff rooms. Yes, Michael Gove is no longer the Education Secretary - moved, as he was, to the...

Nicky Morgan Appointed Education Secretary

James Coe | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Coe

For many the appointment of Morgan will be met with a great sigh of relief. Many education professionals have described their relationship with Michael Gove as the worst of any Education Secretary. If Morgan is to be successful in her role she will have to establish an agenda that is far more progressive than Gove had put forward.

Coaching Butterflies...

Jeff Brazier | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

n an R.E lesson the subject conveniently turned to the afterlife, and, without needing any cue, Freddy got up and spoke wonderfully in front of the whole class about Jade and most poignantly about how he sees her as a beautiful butterfly. Heart melting stuff and Ms H took the golden opportunity to elaborate and congratulate Freddy on such a brave show of emotion. Realising she was beneath the barrier, something wonderful happened between teacher and pupil and an understanding was made. This was confirmed when a Loom-band bracelet appeared anonymously on her desk with a note proclaiming her to be the best teacher in the world.

Time to Get More Women in Tech

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

I can count on one hand the number of inspirational women in top technology positions. Google recently revealed that only 17% of tech roles were occupied by women, prompting the resurgence of the much needed "women in technology" discussion

Is Toxic Culture Syndrome Stagnating Social Mobility?

Emily Perry | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Emily Perry

Employers don't just give people a job, they give them the chance to change their life. This is a huge responsibility, just like balancing the books, turning over a profit and succeeding. It's time we recognised this and all did our bit to ensure we don't let the water become toxic.

The Unions Fight is Our Fight

Bradley Allsop | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

How will we attract more people into teaching, when they will be treated so poorly and fragrantly ignored by their Secretary of State? How can we expect a good education for future children when teachers are so overworked and underpaid? ... We should be supporting them in their struggle for fairer treatment and a better education system for all.

We Should Give Up Encouraging Girls To Do Science, Says Professor

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK

Schools should "give up" trying to attract more girls into traditional male subjects like computing, engineering and physics, because attempts to brid...

Student Cut Off By Parents For Being Gay: "They believe my sexuality is immoral"

The Huffington Post UK | Snehal Shah | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A US student was cut off by her parents for her sexuality, and is now resorting to donations to pay for university. Nineteen-year-old Kate Koenig's...

Europe Needs Smarter Investment in Education and Research Infrastructure

Anka Mulder | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Tech
Anka Mulder

The return on investment will be high for Europe if we get it right, including: a reinvigorated research and education infrastructure, attraction of the best students and faculty, a better skilled workforce, and enhanced competitive advantage vis a vis the rest of the world.

If I'd Known Then What I Know Now - Four Essential Considerations for Any Aspiring Law Student

Simon Cairns | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cairns

Be warned. If you're considering a legal career, make sure you've thought it through carefully... Today, law firms and chambers are expecting more from potential trainees and pupils than ever before. Before embarking on this major journey, start to think about what it is you really want to do and what will make you happy.

Mr. Miliband: Pleasant Presentations Won't Make Pragmatic Policies

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
June O'Sullivan MBE

I attended the Inclusive Prosperity Conference at the Science Museum this week which was chaired by Ed Balls MP and the keynote speaker was Ed Miliband... Mr. Miliband warned that he won't always agree with us but my advice to him is to listen and think until his head hurts.

Time to End Compulsory Worship In Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

Removing the collective worship requirement is not a call to jettison all trace of religion from schools... Legally imposing a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to "take part", goes beyond the legitimate function of the state and violates the human right of freedom of belief for children and young people.

Things You'll Miss About Student Life

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gabrielle Leimon

You now wander past costume shops and realise that events nowadays rarely require costumes for no good reason... At this post-graduate stage of your life having at least three bottle openers in any given handbag is seen as excessive rather than handy... You're a grown up now.

Building Better Bridges Between Employers and Business Schools

Ann Francke | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Francke

If businesses aren't ready to provide young people with the important work experience they need to start a career in their sector, then how can they expect graduates to have the requisite skills when a role becomes available?