UK Education

Lessons From Across the Channel: Putting Protest at the Heart of Democracy

Matty Edwards | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

Throughout modern British history, mass demonstrations and protests have often been demonised and depicted as the work of trouble-makers, hooligans and extremists. It was the same old story last week as 10,000 students descended on London to protest against tuition fees and the abolition of maintenance grants, which led to the arrest of 12 protestors.

The Global Significance of Liberal Arts

Professor Christina Slade | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Christina Slade

I have been fortunate enough throughout my career to work in a variety of educational institutions around the world. My views on the necessity for a truly global education are well documented and I am committed to providing that opportunity for our students at Bath Spa University.

Maths Anxiety Is Real. What Can a Parent Do?

Susie McBeth | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Susie McBeth

Maths is hard. Well, it is for most people. I used to have a distinct feeling of dread before every maths lesson. The kind that lay low in the belly and made you feel like you were constantly on the verge of vomiting.

The One Degree No Student Wants

Piers Telemacque | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Now we've hit 1C warming, it's never been more urgent to reform our education system. When we talk about a degree, we usually mean something which takes you further in life, opens up opportunities, and contributes to the public good. This degree couldn't be more different, and the fees will be measured in lives rather than pounds.

The Reality and Relevance of a University Degree

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

When it comes to university, there are two opposite lines of thinking. The first is that a university education is highly overrated - some people would advise you not to bother. Instead, just follow your own passion. This view is expressed seriously by very senior and successful people.

A Truly Civilised Nation Opens New Libraries.... It Doesn't Close the Ones It Has!

Mathew Hulbert | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics
Mathew Hulbert

I love libraries. I always have. They are universities for the masses. Seats of learning with no tuition fees. Places where whole new worlds are o...

Technology Empowering Education

Maria Keogh | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Keogh

According to David Warlick: "We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher's hand, because it is the pen and paper of our tim...

Could Strengthening Links Between Schools and Businesses Help Plug the Looming Skills Gap?

Scott Waddington | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK
Scott Waddington

Traditionally in Wales, Government has taken a strategic lead role in the promotion and funding of skills development for industry. I hope as time goes on we'll see industry taking more of a lead and working more closely with the education system to nurture the talent needed for future success.

The Importance of Reading to Children Before Bedtime

Caroline Hartwell | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Parents
Caroline Hartwell

It should become part of their daily routine, which we know is something kids thrive on, and can also become an indicator that it is almost time to go to bed - another great technique to trick them into bed without them even realising.

Dear Teacher... You May Never be Good Enough

Victoria Leith | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

Are you like me and know many friends and colleagues who have had nervous breakdowns? Have stood in lessons and cried, who get home in their car night after night, weeping at the wheel and who get up in the morning and dread going to school? You might be this person. And there is no shame in it.

As Conflict Takes Its Toll in Ukraine, Young Minds Must Thrive Again

Toby Fricker | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Toby Fricker

As long as the conflict remains unsolved, many young Ukrainian lives are on hold. I recall what Dasha told me in the village. "I will remember this year for the rest of my life. I feel like I've lived 10-years in one because it was so tense." Her experiences will clearly never be forgotten. But with the right support, Dasha and young Ukrainians affected by the conflict can thrive once again.

What Do We Really Want Out of Our Seven-Year-Old Children?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Jethro Shirley-Smith

We all had a favourite book as a young child. Many of us remember snuggling up on the carpet, watching our teacher's animated face as they put on funn...

Protecting Children in the Sandstorm of Za'atari

Lily Caprani | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK
Lily Caprani

Each day, new lives are arriving here in the substitute maternity unit in Za'atari, while hundreds more are being killed every day eight miles away in Syria. We alone can't give the children of Syria what they need the most - ceasefire and peace - but we can protect their lives, their bodies and their minds from further harm and help them survive yet another bitter winter here in the Jordanian desert.

Transgender Inquiry Exposes NHS, Education And Justice Shortcomings

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics

Universities must do more and adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to bullying of transgender people, a Government minister has said as the shortcomings ...

Academic Boycott Of Israel 'Sows Hatred', Says Embassy

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK

An academic boycott of Israeli institutions has caused outrage, as more than 300 scholars signed a letter in support of the move. The document, whi...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Why Universities Must Not Let Mature Students Down

Dr Philip Hallam | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK
Dr Philip Hallam

Provision of financial advice, flexible payment options, tips on keeping living/travel costs down and similar advice can and will make a big difference to individuals thinking of becoming a mature student.

Can Mindfulness Improve School Grades?

Jutta Tobias | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Jutta Tobias

There were three school children at the Mindful Nation UK report launch in the House of Commons on Tuesday. The Mindful Nation UK report is the firs...

The Campus Censors Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Alan Grant | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Heavyweight feminist intellectual Germaine Greer has recently attracted the ire of the Thought Police for her comments about transgender people. At ti...

'In 1852, We Were Worrying About Getting Poor Kids Into Oxbridge - We Are Still... So What Can We Do About It?'

Andrew Law | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Law

Last Thursday was deadline day for applying to study at Oxford and Cambridge. Each applicant will face the daunting prospect of a grilling by some of the world's most formidable academics, within the ivory towers and grand surroundings that will feel familiar only to those who attend the country's top private schools.

Defining the Recipe for Educational Success

Julie Booth | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

'I'm never going to put boundaries on myself ever again. I'm never going to say I can't do it. I'm never going to say "maybe". I'm never going to say ...

How to Be a Student... In 1993

Liz Fraser | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

Much was exactly the same for a Fresher in Cambridge then, as it is now. Pigeon holes, hand-written names above doors, queues for the showers, toast-related gyp room fire alarms, occasional vomiting in the Scholar's Garden, pub crawls, and total confusion about how to cross from Pembroke St into Mill Lane without getting killed by a cheese delivery lorry.

Counting the Cost, Why Should Anyone Care If FE Disappears?

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

It seems certain that the regional reviews currently being carried out in the FE sector will result in some colleges disappearing altogether. There a...

Why I Want to Rip up my Child's Reading Journal

Claire Potter | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Potter

A friend told me that at her child's school, if children don't complete their reading journal, they are made to stay in at playtime! Using reading as a punishment is likely to build up a positive association with books as quickly as if you'd bashed them over the head with one.

Choosing a Secondary School: Do You Have a Choice?

Stephanie Ashby | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Ashby

October: Autumn leaves, pumpkins, and applying for secondary school places. Which school will you choose for your year 6 son or daughter? Do you really have much choice at all? And will it really matter anyway in the long-run?