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‘Value for money’ review of £1.3bn university funding

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities in England are to face a "value for money" review of how £1.3bn per year of funding might give more support to "priority" subjects. Higher education watchdog the Office for Students (OFS) is understood to be launching the review in the spring.But it will not consider tuition fees - with the government set to publish a separate response to calls to cut fees.Universities UK
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London council’s special needs inquiry caused by ‘systemic failures’

[ad_1] Image copyright monkeybusinessimages At least 5,000 children seeking special educational needs support (Send) are to have their cases reviewed after a London council landed a stinging rebuke from the local government ombudsman.Concerns about "systemic failures" in Richmond's Send department prompted the watchdog to take the highly unusual step of ordering the full-scale audit.The ombudsman found missing documents, mislabelled files and protocols ignored while looking into three complaints. Richmond accepted
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‘Grade inflation’ in top degree grades stopping

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The sharp increase in university students in the UK getting top degree grades seems to have stalled, according to annual official figures.It follows warnings from ministers of the need to prevent "grade inflation" devaluing degrees.The latest figures show 28% of students were awarded first class degrees in 2018-19 - the same as the year before.The higher education watchdog, the Office for Students (OFS), had attacked
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Meet the NASA intern who discovered a new planet on his third day

[ad_1] Image copyright Ben cukier As far as impressing your potential new boss goes, discovering a planet on day three of your internship at NASA is up there.That's what happened to 17-year-old Wolf Cukier while helping out at the space agency in the United States.He was checking images from its super-strength satellite when he noticed something strange.It turned out to be a new planet, 1,300 light years away from Earth.
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Estranged students: ‘The system assumes your parents will help’

[ad_1] Image caption Blair Anderson says his relationship with his parents broke down when he came out as gay Law student Blair Anderson is "estranged" from his family, which means he has cut all ties and does not get the financial and emotional support most parents provide.Blair says his relationship with them hit the rocks when he came out as gay at the age of 14 but it "completely broke
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Japan minister’s paternity leave challenges work pressure

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Shinjiro Koizumi is married to Christel Takigawa, a French-Japanese news presenter Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has said he plans to take paternity leave - a rare decision that is making headlines in the country.Mr Koizumi said he would take two weeks off in the first month of his child's life. The baby is due later this month.It will be the first time
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Nurseries face closure over free childcare funding gap

[ad_1] Nurseries say they cannot afford to run their services because the government has failed to properly fund its free childcare policy.Staff are being forced to take on extra jobs because wages are so low, the BBC has been told. At one nursery in Suffolk, owner and manager Katherine Wright says she would earn more cleaning the building's toilets than looking after the children.For Politics Live, Ellie Price reports.Watch Politics
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Pre-teen girls ‘tricked into sex acts on webcams’

[ad_1] Girls aged between 11 and 13 are increasingly being tricked and coerced into performing sexually over their own webcams, data suggests.The Internet Watch Foundation said 80% of the sexual selfies it found in its relentless trawl for images of child sexual abuse were of children this age.The charity took action on 37,000 self-generated images of children last year, about 30,000 were of adolescents.Its chief executive said the number of
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Sheffield students paid to tackle racist language on campus

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A university is to hire 20 of its own students to challenge language on campus which could be seen as racist.The University of Sheffield is to pay students to tackle so-called "microaggressions" - which it describes as "subtle but offensive comments".They will be trained to "lead healthy conversations" about preventing racism on campus and in student accommodation. Vice-chancellor Koen Lamberts said the initiative wanted to