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Does it pay to be privileged?

President of Universities UK, Profes- sor Steve Smith, has claimed that pupils from a disadvantaged back- groundwhoachieve topALevel grades have more potential than straight A students fromEton.

His comments come afterPeterMan-

delson urged admissions tutors to take into account schoolpupils’backgrounds. Tony Little, Headmaster at Eton, has spoken of his ‘suspicion’ at any admis- sions process that aims to ‘overcompen- sate’ for pupils who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.


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Only half of students prepared forwork

A survey shows that only around 50% of students believe their education has prepared themfor the jobmarket.

Youngpeoplehavebaredthebrunt of

the economic downturn, with tight job markets reducing their ability toprepare for professional life. Studies show that students feel radical changes are needed in the education and employment sys- tem to improve employment prospects, with most dissatisfaction focused on a perceived lack of work experience op- portunities andunhappinesswithcareers advice.


Students encouraged to‘step up’

Students who graduate with a 2:1 or higher will be eligible for a new gov- ernment scheme which offers them £15,000 if they take amastersdegree in SocialWork.

Local authorities are taking part in

the scheme ‘Step up to Social Work’, which aims to recruit the best graduates into theprofession.The governmenthas found it increasingly difficult to recruit newsocialworkers afterwell publicised, but comparatively rare, cases like that of Baby P have blighted the profession.


Unlimited places for ELQ students

From the next academic year, univer- sities will be able to take on an unlim- ited number of students with a degree whowishtotake anequivalentor lower qualification (ELQ).

ELQ students are included in

HEFCE’s cap on the number of UK- based students that universities can re- cruit, despite not being allowed loans. However, places currently taken up by ELQ students will not be available to fundedstudents,potentiallyputtinguni- versities who recruited many ELQ stu- dents last year at a disadvantage.


London campus for GlasgowCaledonian

A Scottish University is opening a newLondon campus in order to take advantage of the capital’s lucrative market in overseas students.

Glasgow Caledonian (GCU) will

offer postgraduate courses in business and finance taught by GCU lecturers and visiting professors at their new £1m Spitalfields campus. GCU, being the first Scottish university to open a London Centre, aims to recruit 100 students by September, rising to 300 in future years.



Racist graffiti and slogans appeared on Staffordshire Students Union building in February. The graffitti appeared on themorning of a vote of no-confidence against outspokenMuslimStudent Union President Assed Baig. Baig survived the vote of no-confidence. The vandalismis not thought to have come fromstudents, but external actors, possibly linkedwith the BNP. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28
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