Education

Widower’s advice on diet

Image copyright Getty Images When a 21-year-old woman asked a weight loss forum for advice on how to deal with her boyfriend making comments about her appearance, one widower’s response moved many to reflect on how we treat our loved ones. The widower replied to the young woman to share how he was full of […]

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Further education college finances face double whammy

Image copyright UCUImage caption Staff at Hull College went on strike over job cuts earlier this year Amid rising concern about the numbers of further education colleges needing emergency government bailouts, new analysis shows how far their budgets have been squeezed. The money allocated for 16 to 18-year-old college students has dropped 8% since 2010, […]

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Students blamed for university and college cyber-attacks

Image copyright Getty Images A security analysis of cyber-attacks against universities and colleges in the UK has discovered staff or students could often be responsible, rather than organised crime or hacking groups. A government-funded agency that provides cyber-security has examined the timing of 850 attacks in 2017-18. Jisc found a “clear pattern” of attacks being […]

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Generation Sensible: The 18-year-olds of today

Dubbed Generation Sensible, the 18-year-olds of today are much more likely to be found in the university library than the local pub, research suggests. The Office for National Statistics paper compares their habits with those of 18-year-olds around the year 2000. It might be an oversimplification to call today’s older teenagers “boffins” and those at […]

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Mental health services ‘let down children’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The average length of time children have to wait for specialist mental health treatment has increased in recent years The Scottish government has admitted that children and young people are being “let down” by the country’s mental health services. Child mental health has been a key priority for the government […]

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Broke council

Image caption Family life can be fun in the Brooks household As Northamptonshire County Council makes £70m worth of spending cuts, how does it feel for a needy family to have support withdrawn? “Mum!!!! Daniel’s outside in his pants!” cries Alex at the crack of dawn. “Is he out the front?” asks mum-of-four Torie Brooks, […]

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Fresh call for smacking to be outlawed in the home

Image copyright Getty Images Smacking is harmful to children’s mental health and should be banned, school psychologists say. The Association of Educational Psychologists has tabled a motion to the TUC Conference calling for physical punishment to be outlawed. Presently, although corporal punishment is banned in schools, parents can “smack” or physically chastise a child as […]

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What do students really eat?

Image copyright Getty Images Rose harissa paste, organic cider vinegar and Swiss bouillon powder – ingredients needed for the “student store cupboard”, according to one supermarket. The assertion has led to predictable ridicule, with not even all five items on Waitrose’s list combining to produce a recognisable meal for the £13 outlay. Twenty-year-old Eleanor Gray, […]

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Which universities will really impress the boss?

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The graduations are over but which are the best universities for job hunters? What’s the best university name in the world to put on a job application? It’s the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, according to an international league table for how much universities are likely to […]