Funding

Care in Crisis - a Perfect Storm?

Stephen Burke | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK
Stephen Burke

Two news stories this week demonstrated the growing crisis in care for older people.First there were reports that the cost of a care home place is outstripping older people's incomes. Then councils said that they are hopelessly underfunded to deliver the government's reforms of paying for care.

Legacy Is About More Than Medals

Abdullah Mahmood | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Sport
Abdullah Mahmood

There is no guarantee that basketball would have become the next British Cycling even with funding but you can't just assume that the only value of a sport is to bring success at an international level. There's so much more to it than that.

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...

Why Europe's Universities Need 'Stress Testing' Even More Than the Banking Sector

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

State funding is being cut, European universities are dropping down the international rankings and less research is being produced... Many European campuses are in very poor functional and physical condition... the time to act is now.

All the Rage in Cannes: The Return of Valleyspeak, Yo!

Barry Whyte | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Tech
Barry Whyte

Valleyspeak has made a comeback. But not the LA valley girl dialect that defined the nineties (like, seriously?). In the past week, Silicon Valley has gone gaga about a new instant messaging app / social network that only allows you to communicate with one word: Yo!

Write to Learn

Stephen_Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Stephen_Brown

Monday's news that Asia had received top marks in the 2014 global education index was received warmly right across Asia, and by many of us in the development community too.

When Talking About Lonely Older People, Why Have Their Views Not Been Considered?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

In short Policy Exchange's proposed answer to loneliness does not tally with the experience of frontline services like Contact the Elderly, who provide older people with face to face contact. Instead we need a solution-driven approach to tackling the problem at hand.

Immigrants Do Want to Learn English: Where Is The Funding?

Bansi Kara | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Bansi Kara

What occurs to me is that in all the rhetoric, Sajid Javid has forgotten something very simple. Where is the government funding and access for keen families and individuals to learn English if they should wish it? While the will may be there from immigrant families, the financial ability to attend classes may not be.

Robin Hood 2.0: A New Hope for Cancer Patients?

Dr Penny Woods | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Dr Penny Woods

It is estimated that more than 60,000 people will die from this dreadful disease over the next 30 years unless new treatments are discovered. Yet research into meso - the only thing that is likely to find those treatments - is shamefully underfunded, receiving a fraction of the investment received by diseases that kill similar number of people, such as skin cancer.

Award Winning Student Newspaper in Funding Crisis

Leo Garbutt | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Leeds Student is valued by students and is an asset to the reputation of both Leeds University Union and the University. Going forward, this must be recognised by the Union.

The Rise of the Entrepreneur

Doug Richard | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Doug Richard

Entrepreneurs across the country are playing a vital role in driving the UK's economic recovery. Out of the mess caused by the worst financial crisis in living memory, Britain has found itself a new identity as the land of the startup.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

The Autumn Statement: Will Capping Welfare Help Vulnerable Families?

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dame Clare Tickell

If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.

How to Make a Good Video Interview

Neeta Patel | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Neeta Patel

We are about to start using video interviews as an integral part of our screening process at the New Entrepreneurs Foundation. We have done this in order to increase significantly the number of people we can see (albeit virtually) before making an initial shortlist. As we are about to open applications for this year's group of New Entrepreneurs Foundation students, I thought it would be helpful to provide some tips on how to do a good video interview.

Actions and Consequences: How Restorative Justice Can Help Victims Move On

Javed Khan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

Victim Support believes well planned restorative justice (RJ) can be so beneficial for victims. International Restorative Justice Week began on Monday with the Government announcing £29million extra funding, specifically to bolster and increase RJ provision across the UK. It's is a welcome step forward.

Britain: Entrepreneurship Hub or Bubble?

George Georgiopoulos | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
George Georgiopoulos

While working as a consultant in London a few years ago, I remember it as a "suit city" like New York. However, over the past two years, a lot of investment has been committed to change this - as evidenced by the Sirius Programme. This shows that the British government is taking this movement sirius-ly and will support its growth over the coming years.

Routes to Entrepreneurship

Neeta Patel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Neeta Patel

In early September, 36 eager young aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at a location in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, to start their year long journey learning about entrepreneurship. The cohort is the Class of 2014 specially selected to join The New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme from nearly 1000 applicants.

Free School Lunches Are Important

Danielle Lowe | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

The simple reality is, school lunches being free to students in need are a life saver, help students to grow and achieve what they need. However they are not the most healthy or most reasonably priced things out there.

Government Must Do More to Fund Postgraduate Study

Louise Bond | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Louise Bond

Today, I have had to defer my place until September 2014 and belatedly join many of my fellow-graduates still in the search for full-time work. The reason for this last minute deferment was that, having exhausted every possible option, the deadline to pay the first installment of course fees arrived and I did not have the money.

A Truly 'Brave' Decision: How Much Will Ed Miliband's 'Mend-Not-End' Plan on the Trade Union Link Cost Labour?

Tim Bale | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics
Tim Bale

The risks of distancing the Party from the unions are clearly not simply financial. The labour movement arguably anchors Labour to the interests - or at least the perceived and the collective interests of ordinary working people of the country it one day hopes to govern again.

Light at the End of the Tunnel for First Time Buyers?

Reno Charlton | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Reno Charlton

In the UK, the government has further boosted the chances of success for first time buyers, with the launch of schemes such as the Funding for Lending scheme. This scheme has provided lenders with access to reduced rate funding in a bid to encourage greater levels of lending to home buyers.

Embracing Risk: Making Britain a Global Hub for Innovation

Intelligence Squared | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

What can we do here in Britain to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in order to give our companies the best chance to succeed on the world stage? This is a question that we as a country need to answer if we are to remain an economic powerhouse, and with a multitude of emerging economies breathing down our necks, it's a question we need to answer quickly.

Don't Just Get a Job... Make One!

Chris Jones | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

Now for those of you that have seen the Social Network - based on Mark Zuckerberg's incredible journey developing Facebook - you may remember the reference made about Harvard students who notoriously like to 'create their own jobs', rather than follow the conventional transition from University to graduate positions.

Why Getting Funding For Your Startup Is NOT Always the Best Option

Hannah Lippitt | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Tech
Hannah Lippitt

The groups that seem to be frequently ignored, are the growing amount of serious yet micro startups, which are quietly chipping away building profitable businesses by keeping keen and staying lean and focusing specifically on a niche in the market with no incentive to seek out investor cash.

Plea for a Sponsor!

Esther Rich | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Anyone who read my previous blog about rowing to London for Beat will know the extent of the challenge my fellow CCCBC rowers and I have set ourselves.