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95% of UCL’s senior EU researchers headhunted by European universities

UCL provost Michael Arthur warned Europe’s best researchers are ‘restless’ amid Brexit uncertainty. Top EU academics are already being poached from UK universities ahead of Brexit, the head of one of the country’s leading universities for research has claimed. Industry leaders have expressed fears of a Brexit “brain-drain” as increasing numbers of staff are said […]

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Make PSHE lessons compulsory to reduce ‘worrying’ levels of self-harm among pupils, urge researchers

Experts urge government to roll-out statutory lessons in personal health and mental wellbeing in order to better protect pupils at risk. Children are being put at risk of self-harm due to a lack of personal, social and health education lessons (PSHE) within schools, new research has suggested. Experts said the number of young people affected […]

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Back to school: Third of girls find personal appearance one of their biggest worries after summer holidays

Researchers say some pupils so insecure it ‘stops them raising their hand in class’ Going back to school can be an anxious time for pupils and parents alike, with new rules, textbooks and academic expectations often keeping children awake the night before the first day of term. But in 2017, one of the biggest worries for […]

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UK universities dominate global rankings for first time despite Brexit reputation fears

US universities make way for Oxford and Cambridge this year, amid reports of reduced funding. British universities have taken the top two places in global league tables for the first time in 13 years, with Oxford Universitycrowned the best in the world. Cambridge jumped from fourth to second place in the influential World University Rankings – the first […]

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Tuition fees have gone ‘too far’ and need urgent reassessment, says former minister who helped create fees system

Tony Blair’s former higher education minister says crippling interest rates on student loan repayments are ‘penal’. The Government has gone “too far” in increasing the cost of university, according to one of the main architects of the tuition fees system. Tripling fees from £3,000 to £9,000 per year and beyond, along with punishing interest rates […]

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UK teaching vacancies ‘up nearly a quarter since 2015’

Thousands of pupils face being taught by unqualified teachers or in ‘super-sized’ classrooms as schools struggle to cope with unfilled teacher vacancies. The teacher recruitment crisis has deepened to “worrying levels”, latest figures have revealed, with schools facing an increasing struggle to fill vacancies. As pupils across the country return to the classroom this week, as […]