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Six graduation outfits guaranteed to annoy Edinburgh University | Nell Frizzell

Mar, 24/05/2016 - 11:59
Edinburgh’s advice to female students was to go for ‘sophisticated glamour’, because ‘image is everything’. So, a James Brown sequin cape?

There is a very specific charm to standing in the midday sun, holding a tepid glass of white wine, surrounded by people you’ve barely spoken to for the past three years, waiting to be given a rolled-up sheet of A4 by somebody dressed like a wandering Beefeater. And yet, for many, graduation is one of the happiest, proudest days of their life.

So it’s such a shame that the University of Edinburgh made the decision to slough a bucket of manure on the whole occasion. I’m talking about the sartorial advice given in the student newspaper, and tweeted by the university. Advice that started “Girls,” for oh how we as grown and educated women like to be referred to as girls. “Girls, this is your time to invest in some sophisticated glamour.”

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Schools reduced to rubble and ruins by conflict – in pictures

Mar, 24/05/2016 - 11:38

From Yemen to Syria, South Sudan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, children are missing out on education as schools are destroyed by war

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Schools ministers should explain gaping hole between rhetoric and reality

Mar, 24/05/2016 - 07:15

Education ministers claim to be for flexibility and freedom, but they dictate policy details. And it’s leading to problems

It has not been the best of times for education ministers. The past few months have been dominated by the fallout from the white paper and a trail of problems and complaints with this year’s statutory tests. It must be tempting to dismiss this overlap of events as no more than a coincidence – after all, it isn’t unusual for departments to have a run of problems once they are in the spotlight. But in this case, it is less bad luck and more evidence of serious cracks beginning to emerge in key areas  of policy.

The present ministerial team under Nicky Morgan claim to be devolutionists. They rally around a banner of freeing schools, trusting teachers and schools leading the system. But it is the growing divergence between this rhetoric and the reality that is a major cause of the present crises. While politicians talk about the new freedoms they are giving schools, our teachers are working with a curriculum, assessment and pedagogy that are increasingly directed by ministers’ own priorities and prejudices.

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Suffolk’s Tory council cries foul over new middle school plan

Mar, 24/05/2016 - 07:00
In our diary: A return to three-tier education?; language cuts; airport offers a flying new start; and Harris school’s ‘ridiculous’ teacher turnover

Government arguments with Conservative local authorities did not end when ministers backed down over plans to force the conversion of all English state schools to academies.

In a fast-developing dispute in Tory Suffolk, the local authority is launching a judicial review to challenge Department for Education-approved plans for a new middle school by the Bury St Edmunds All-through Free School Trust.

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How to teach ... statistics

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 16:00

Whether it is stem and leaf diagrams or school litter surveys, here are some resources to help your students understand and interrogate figures

Statistics are everywhere – from Brexit to Britain’s Got Talent. The way these numbers are presented – or manipulated – shape our understanding of the world. Just this month, a misleading representation of data on local elections caused a furore after being shared widely on Facebook.

It’s important to equip your students with the skills to understand and interrogate figures so they can work out what they really mean. Here are some ideas on how you can make statistics add up in your classroom:

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Angelina Jolie gets new role as visiting professor at LSE

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 15:30

Actor to join ex-foreign secretary William Hague as ‘professor in practice’ as part of new MSc in women, peace and security

She met her husband Brad Pitt while playing an assassin, and won an Oscar for her portrayal of a sociopathic patient in a mental hospital, but Angelina Jolie’s latest role may be her most surprising yet.

The Hollywood actor and director has been appointed a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, teaching a course on the impact of war on women.

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Courtauld to ship Manet's naked lunch painting to Hull

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 15:09

Heritage Lottery Fund pledges £9.4m towards project that will see London gallery loan Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe and other famous canvases to museums throughout the UK

Related: City of Culture 2017: Will Hull have the last laugh?

A version of Édouard Manet’s once scandalous painting Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe is heading to Hull next year, where it will hang in the Ferens gallery during the city’s reign as UK city of culture.

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Five ways to nail your final term as a trainee teacher

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 14:55

Little and often is the best approach to paperwork, and avoid taking on too much – here are the dos and don’ts as you head down the home straight

You’ve battled lesson plans and essay deadlines, got to grips with objectives and pedagogy, and handled cranky children and awkward staff. The chequered flag is in sight, but what should you keep in mind as your training year enters the home straight?

It’s likely that your teaching load will have increased in the final term. Greater independence gives you the chance to spread your wings and find your feet as a fully fledged teacher. But every silver lining has a cloud, and your marking and planning pile will probably have expanded. So here are a few thoughts to keep in mind through the chaos to make sure you are celebrating in the summer.

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LGBT-only housing isn’t about separation, it’s about choice | Chris Godfrey

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 14:32

I was lucky with my housemates when I came out. But some people arrive at university bearing the scars of abuse: they shouldn’t have to rely on luck

I’d describe my living situation at university as lucky. When I came out as gay to my straight housemates they were fiercely supportive; there were no negative reactions, no patronising comments or questionable jokes made in the name of “banter”. I didn’t have to hide any aspect of my personality, nor any of the guys I brought home. I never experienced homophobic abuse of any kind during my time there. And so I consider myself lucky – but not everyone can say the same.

Related: No straight people allowed: students share views on LGBT-only halls

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Live chat: the compiler of the Guardian University Guide answers your questions

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 14:00

Wondering how we created our 2017 university league tables? Want to know why some institutions have soared as others have sunk?

The Guardian University Guide 2017 is now online, letting you know how every major higher education institution in the UK is performing. Some, like Loughborough University, have made incredible leaps up the league tables, while others have lost ground.

Related: The Guardian University Guide 2017: download the tables in full

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Why I invited people to a talk by ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ (AKA a cardboard box)

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 12:48

Lancaster undergraduate Lucie Carter annoyed her local MP by advertising a talk by the Labour leader. She explains why she used Corbyn for her latest experiment in ‘object-orientated ontology’

The question “Is Jeremy Corbyn art?” hasn’t been asked very often. Most people are still trying to answer the deeper question: “Is Jeremy Corbyn politics?”

But for 21-year-old fine art student Lucie Carter, who staged a hoax talk by the Labour leader last week, defending the relationship between the two turned into a full-time occupation.

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Applying to university: what the savvy sixth former is asking

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 12:30

As the Guardian publishes its 2017 university guide, our experts answer those vital questions on unconditional offers, entrance exams and how to pick a course

Applying to university used to be like queuing for the best club in town: you’d wear your coolest clothes (a brilliant personal statement), try to impress the stony-faced bouncers (admissions tutors) and hope they’d let you pay £9,000 for an exclusive place on the dancefloor – that’s a seat in a lecture theatre.

Related: University league tables 2017

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Michael Armstrong obituary

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 12:06
Educationist who championed progressive teaching methods

Michael Armstrong, who has died aged 81, challenged received opinion on teaching throughout his life. A radical educationist and teacher researcher, he held that progressive methods were more rigorous, more exacting, and more intellectually demanding than any traditional ways of formal teaching.

His work described a “pedagogy of the imagination” to which respect for the child’s thought and creativity was central – “creativity is the highway to skill”. In the remarkable range of his writing and in innovative practice he broke new ground in both primary and secondary school education.

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The Guardian University Guide 2017: download the tables in full

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 11:15

Cambridge retains its position at the top of the league table for sixth year running

The University of Cambridge is at the top of the league table, retaining first place for the sixth year running, followed by Oxford and St Andrews in the Guardian’s undergraduate university league table.

Loughborough is this year’s newcomer in the top 10, coming in at fourth place, up from 11th place last year. Bath has slipped from number five to number 10 this year.

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University guide 2017: university profiles index

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 11:00

Find out the key information about each UK university, including fee, bursary and accommodation details

Aberystwyth University

Anglia Ruskin University

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Methodology behind the Guardian University Guide 2017

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 11:00

The compiler of the Guardian university league tables explains the technicalities of the process

The methodology focuses on subject-level league tables, ranking institutions that provide each subject area, according to their relevant statistics.

To ensure that all comparisons are as valid as possible, we ask each institution which of their students should be counted in which subject so that they will only be compared to students taking similar subjects at other universities.

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University guide 2017: league table for music

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 11:00

The study of creative expression through sound, including performance, technique, composition and various styles

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University guide 2017: league table for fashion & textiles

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 11:00

The study of - and training in - the design and use of textiles and other materials to create clothing

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University guide 2017: league table for physics

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 11:00

The study of the universe - includes astrophysics, space science, applied physics, medical physics

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University league tables 2017

Lun, 23/05/2016 - 11:00

Find a course at a UK university

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