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Should more go to university.

UK economy 'could benefit from more going to university'

Universities UK says educating people of all ages would help to meet economic challenges.

The report calls for continual learning and for policymakers to help reverse the decline in part-time and mature student numbers. Photograph: Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage

The UK economy could benefit from more people of all ages attending university, a report has concluded.

It also suggests the advance of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital technology, as well as the challenges of Brexit and an ageing population are creating greater demand for those with qualifications above level 4.

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#NoWrongPath

It can feel like a huge moment in our lives – finding out our grades after years studying at school, college, or uni. But people on Twitter want you to know that regardless of the grades you get, there is no wrong path when it comes to your career.

People are sharing their own experiences under the hashtag #NoWrongPath to time with people in Scotland getting their grades.

Stirling High School in Scotland has shared several stories of their own teachers’ career trajectories, in a bid to show pupils that grades aren’t everything. One teacher, Ms McAlpine failed her high school grades and her degree before retraining as a teacher. 

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Extraordinary University expense claims.

University staff used expense accounts for luxuries including gambling trips to Las Vegas and late-night entertainment in a strip club, according to details uncovered by a freedom of information request.

Over the past two years, employees at 54 universities spent £204m on corporate credit cards to buy everything from Premier League tickets to days out at the races. Durham University spent £17m, including £2,614 at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, while Northumbria University spent £2,184 on a “corporate event” at the lapdancing club chain Spearmint Rhino.

Staff at the University of Liverpool spent £22,000 at Domino’s Pizza, while workers at City, University of London ran up a £23,790 bill in two pubs. An employee at Queen Mary University of London even used its card to pay a litter fine.

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Fraudsters target International Students.

Fraudsters posing as Home Office officials or as the police have been targeting international students and threatening to deport them unless they pay money upfront.

National organisations have issued urgent advice to help international students – who come from non-EU countries like India and China – to avoid falling victim to a recent phone scam.

 

Students have been told by fraudsters they face immediate deportation and a 10-year ban from the UK for failing to fill out paperwork correctly – unless they pay a fine of up to £6,500.

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Should parents accompany children to collect exam results?

Parents must accompany children to collect their exam results, a Good Schools Guide director has said, following reforms that have led to the toughest tests in a generation.

 Even if teenagers want to pick up their results alone, mothers and fathers must insist on going in case anything has gone wrong, according to Bernadette John.

“Quite often children might want to go on their own or with friends. But I would say go with them, if anything has gone awry, get in and sort it out straight away,” she said.  

“Perhaps just say ‘I’ve got to pop into town anyway’. You need to be there - they are likely to be upset, they are still quite young. 

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Education gap to persist to 2155?

Raising the academic attainment of poorer pupils has been an explicit aim of the last four British governments. Over the last 20 years a range of policies, from sponsored academies to the Pupil Premium, have been introduced to this end.

To date, a degree of success can be claimed: the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils is in the process of narrowing. This week, in a major speech on social mobility, Education Secretary Damian Hinds set out his plans to ensure that this progress was maintained.

Yet while the direction of travel has been broadly positive over the past two decades, the Education Policy Institute’s latest Annual Report finds that progress has significantly slowed in the last few years.

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Refugee teacher.

Teaching his native Arabic to students online has been a game changer for Syrian refugee Sami as he makes a fresh start in the UK.

The Aleppo University engineering graduate says that working for an online language learning platform in London has helped him find his feet and motivation as he begins life anew.

The tutors at the start-up firm Chatterbox are all refugees and their work helps them to integrate and adapt to their new surroundings.

"I think language is building bridges between people, because the language is not only in the language itself, the speaking or the words, it's also the culture," said the 35-year-old refugee, who arrived in the UK about two years ago.

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First step to ending holiday hunger.

A new £2m government fund for food and fun for poorer children over the summer has been hailed as a great first step to solving school holiday hunger.

But charities warn that, with an estimated three million UK children at risk of going hungry over the summer break, there is far more to be done.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said the cash would fund a range of summer support for families in need.

Campaigner Frank Field MP said it was important to extend the programme.

The government estimates that the £2m will provide healthy meals and activities throughout the summer to about 30,000 under-18s in some of England's most disadvantaged areas, ranging from parts of Birmingham and London to Leicester and South Shields in South Tyneside.

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Graduation for 95 year old.

A 95-year-old man has graduated from Oxford University, 76 years after he completed his degree.

John Philip Trower finished a shortened wartime BA in modern history at New College in 1942.

However, he said he did not collect his degree at the time due to "inefficiency on my part", and waited more than seven decades to do so.

The graduation ceremony was arranged by his nephews Richard Trower and Martin Soldau.

Mr Trower was born on 16 May 1923 in London and attended school in Dorset before spending four years at Eton College.

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Should Alcoholics Anonymous meetings be in every UNI.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings should take place in universities across the UK, student leaders have said.

Charity AA says the number of younger people attending their meetings is on the increase.

NUS Wales president Gwyneth Sweatman said Cardiff University's sessions for problem drinkers, one of the first of its kind, have made a big difference.

One student said the help she received turned her life around.

Cardiff undergraduate "Marie" said alcohol pushed her life at university to the edge.

    

At her lowest ebb, she drank 15 pints of cider a day, was arrested and risked being kicked off her course.

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