degrees

The American defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld's spoke during a press conference in 2002 (in)famously about the 'known and
Have you recently graduated? Did you get less than the magical '2:1 or above' demanded by so many fast-track graduate schemes? If so, it's natural to feel a bit deflated - but don't panic or despair. Instead, remember these five points:
This weekend thousands of young people across Britain will leave home to begin their University experience. On the other side of the divide however, growing numbers of school leavers are deciding to dodge the debt and embark on working life by enrolling on apprenticeship schemes.
It's August and for thousands of young people across the UK picking up their exam results that means one thing - decision time. And I have a feeling that making those decisions is going to be tougher than ever before, particularly for those who may have not received the grades they'd expected.
Finally, after 5 long, hard years, I'm just weeks away from graduating from dental school. This is something that seemed almost impossible a few years ago; when I found out I was pregnant during my second year of this difficult course. Even more impossible when, at 7 months pregnant I also became single.
Last month Penguin Random House announced that they were dropping requirements for future applicants to hold a university degree. According to the company, the move has been taken in order to open up opportunities and attract a more diverse range of people into the publishing industry, which is often criticised for its lack of diversity.
Why is a creative degree a lesser alternative? Why are creative careers seen as so risky? Why are we so fearful as a society that we end up telling gifted artists to become bankers?
As many students settle into their first year at university and when the next tranche of teenagers visit institutions across the UK, choosing where they will do their degree, I reflect on the stark difference between my two children and their journeys through the education system.
Going to university makes a bigger difference to women's earnings than it does to men's, according to new research that suggests
"But why not do a degree in French and Business?" was the favourite from people my parents' age, who have decided that everyone in the world can now communicate through gestures and Google Translate. "Business is useful. Business will help you get a job."