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University Awards 2017: enter now

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:59

The Guardian University Awards turn five in 2017 – and each year we’ve seen the number of entries grow as universities recognise the impact a Guardian award has on their reputation in the sector, and on student recruitment.

Winning a Guardian award highlights a university’s achievements to the website’s 8 million daily readers around the world. Of those readers, one in five describes themselves as a student - exactly the people who need to know which universities are doing an especially great job.

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University Awards 2017: how to enter

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:58

Everything you need to know about entering the awards and how each submission will be assessed

We invite entries from UK universities and university professionals across 14 categories, which are shortlisted and evaluated by an expert panel. We also invite nominations for the sector’s Inspiring Leader, voted for by readers of the Guardian Higher Education Network. An ideas bank of all winning and shortlisted entries will be published on the Guardian website after the ceremony.

Judges will assess each entry for:
• Innovation – what makes it new, unique and inspiring?

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University Awards 2017: terms and conditions

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:54

Read the T&Cs here before sending in your entry

The Awards

1.The Guardian University Awards (the “Awards”) recognise excellence in the UK’s best universities and is open to all recognised higher education institutes and university professionals in the UK. The Awards are not open to employees or agencies of Guardian News and Media Limited (“GNM”), GNM group companies or their family members, or anyone else connected with the creation or administration of the Awards. All entrants must have a registered office in the UK or have a place of business in the UK.

2. Entrants to the Awards shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions. For more information about the awards, please see here including the Awards FAQ page.

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'It's given us kudos': what it's like to win a Guardian University Award

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:54

From an access programme for ex-offenders to a scheme to fight rabies in Tanzania, 2016’s winners will be a tough act to follow

Winning a Guardian University Award can be a game–changing accolade. We caught up with a few 2016 winners to find out how their achievement made a difference.

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University Awards 2017: thanks for entering

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:53

Thank you for completing your application for the Guardian University Awards

Thank you for completing your application for the Guardian University Awards.

We will be in touch in March 2017 if you have been shortlisted.

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University Awards 2017: the categories

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:52

There are 14 categories to choose from, which gives a chance for each university department to showcase its achievement

Here are the 14 categories for the 2017 awards – lots of choice for every university to find an area in which it excels. Universities may enter as many categories as they wish.

Entries will be judged by a representative panel from across the UK higher education sector, winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London, March 2017, and shortlisted entries will be profiled across the Guardian.

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University Awards 2017: the judges

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:52

Our expert judges ensure that the Guardian awards go to the very best entries submitted by UK universities


Judging the 2017 awards will be specialists from within the Guardian and across the higher education sector in the UK. Guardian journalists on the panel will include Richard Adams, Sally Weale, Judy Friedberg, David Batty and Rebecca Ratcliffe.

Our expert judges from the higher education sector will include:

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University Awards 2017: FAQs

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:52

Find out all you need to know about entering and how the judging process is run

Who can enter?
Any representative of higher education institutions (those with degree awarding powers) in the United Kingdom.

How much does it cost to enter?
It costs £249 for one entry and £150 for every entry after that. If you enter before 31 December you can save £50 on your first entry, early bird rates are: £199 for one entry.

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University Awards 2017: how to write an entry that stands out

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 12:51

You may have a great project, but if you don’t sell it well, it runs the risk of being overlooked. Here’s how to stand out among hundreds

You’re probably wondering what it takes to write an entry that leaps to the top of the judges’ pile. What exactly will the judges be looking for?

Well, the truth is, we want to see examples of work that goes beyond the mundane - something that demonstrates imagination, careful research, courage and stamina. And we want evidence to show that your project changed the lives of those who were affected by it.

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Science Museum's maths gallery soars with stunning Zaha Hadid design

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 10:31

New gallery tells stories of how maths underpins the world

In 1818, the Foreign Secretary Lord Castlereagh sent a letter to all British consuls across the world, asking them to obtain examples of their local standard weights. At that time the UK had no universal conversion table between the many different systems of weights and measures used by foreign cities.

It took two years for all 71 sets of weights to arrive in London, where they were put in two cabinets installed in the Royal Mint. When the measurements were compared with each other, the Mint discovered that almost every previous conversion table was wrong – and that for the previous century these errors had been costing UK traders dosh.

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Can technology replace teachers? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Harpreet Purewal

Mér, 07/12/2016 - 09:00
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries

Anxiety about losing your job to technology is both a rational and growing fear. Andy Haldane, the chief economist at the Bank of England, recently estimated that 15m jobs in the UK were threatened by automation. Technology is reaching such levels of sophistication that it is capable not only of manual tasks but cognitive ones too, putting a wide range of jobs are at risk. The areas most vulnerable include driving and administrative work. But according to a report from Oxford University that looked at over 700 areas of work, teaching at all levels across the educational spectrum is a safe bet.

Related: Stop blaming teachers for falling results and give them the trust and time to actually teach | Ned Manning

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The Guardian view on the Pisa tests: slicing them up | Editorial

Mar, 06/12/2016 - 19:43
The OECD’s pupil survey is full of facts but not much enlightenment

Tony Blair wanted to be remembered for his education reforms, and the latest results from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment – Pisa – the triennial survey of the skills of 15-year-olds suggest that if only he had concentrated on his domestic agenda, he probably would have been. The Pisa scores are notorious for revealing no consistent message, but it is striking that England’s 15-year-olds are performing about as well as three years ago, where Scotland and Wales, where reform was rebuffed, are in decline.

Overall, the UK’s performance is almost unchanged: a little above the OECD average, still a long way behind Singapore, Japan and Estonia, but well ahead of Italy, Israel and Iceland. There is a marginal improvement in the UK’s ranking, despite a slight decline in scores. It is unhappy reading for Tories who only last year pledged in their election manifesto to make Britain the best place to study by 2020; but when the individual countries of the UK are broken out from the overall UK result, it becomes clear that Mr Blair’s aggressive focus on English education appears to have paid off. Education specialists argue that it takes about a decade for changes to affect outcomes on a large scale. In science, reading and maths, England now outperforms the rest of the UK. Wales and Scotland both opted out of league tables and other Blairite reforms in the early 2000s. Now they are playing catch up. In particular Scotland, for so long the top performer in the UK, has suffered an unexpected fall in outcomes since 2012. No wonder the SNP now suggest the results “strongly reinforced” the case for change.

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What does the future hold for integration and multiculturalism? | Letters

Mar, 06/12/2016 - 18:54

Louise Casey may be right that “huge progress” has been made in achieving social integration in recent years (Opinion, 5 December). But policies relating to integration have not improved much. In the early 1980s, the Commission for Racial Equality, of which I was chairman, defined integration in a multicultural society “as a way of describing how different people, with different religions, languages and attitudes, can establish sufficient common ground to enable them to live together (without trying to become the same as each other), in justice and peace”. Integration, so defined, is incompatible with multiculturalism, if that is thought to encourage separate development, separate schools, separate housing and – “surely not”, we wrote at the time – separate laws. The key words in that definition are “common ground” and “justice”. Values, British or other, are slippery things to instil in schools or elsewhere. Our laws are not. Political correctness, if it allows people to break the law, is itself unlawful. So are certain forms of discrimination.

What everyone needs to understand is that they are free to believe in actions that are unlawful but if they, or institutions such as schools, act in accordance with those unlawful beliefs, or incite others to do that, they may be prosecuted or closed down. What need to be avoided are policymakers who preach integration and then, as in England’s school system these days, practise disintegration by encouraging the creation of as many separate types of school as possible.
Sir Peter Newsam
Thornton le Dale, North Yorkshire

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Time to invest in good reading for everyone | Letters

Mar, 06/12/2016 - 18:54

Wonderful news that Rob Wilson, the junior minister responsible for libraries, has recognised that libraries provide a vital public service to communities and has made an extra £4m available (Libraries to get £4m to diversify, 2 December).

Here in Suffolk, our Industrial Provident Society (IPS) has been incredibly successful in managing its reducing budget for the county libraries. However, this is likely to change in the light of proposed cuts. Suffolk Libraries IPS will have to save a further £230,000 in the next financial year (2017/2018). This is on top of the previous year’s cut of £350,000. Over the past five years the total budget will have shrunk from almost £9m to a little over £5m if these latest cuts go ahead.

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Postgrad students lose financial support after loan company mistake

Mar, 06/12/2016 - 15:18

‘A result of human error’ has left 108 students without their expected payment, leaving some in financial trouble

Mistakes by the Student Loans Company (SLC) have left more than 100 postgraduates struggling to fund their courses after they were promised loans that were later withdrawn.

Some students have had to leave their courses, others are facing financial hardship after paying out thousands of pounds in course and rental deposits that they had expected to recoup through the loans.

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UK schools fail to climb international league table

Mar, 06/12/2016 - 11:44

Government wanted UK schools to be among best in OECD’s Pisa assessment, but Scotland and Wales rankings have fallen

The government’s ambition to make Britain’s schools among the best in the world in teaching core subjects by 2020 appears to have been foiled, after international comparisons published on Tuesday showed few signs of improvement.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s programme for international student assessment (Pisa) found a little-changed performance in reading, maths and science among 15- and 16-year-olds in England – but good enough to make it the best performing UK nation after a sharp decline in Scotland’s performance.

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The forgotten people in the grammar school debate? Disabled children | Mike Lambert

Mar, 06/12/2016 - 11:00

I’ve seen first-hand how much progress has been made in including disabled children in mainstream education. Expanding grammars would be a regressive move

This autumn’s green paper, proposing the expansion of grammar schools and selective education, has provoked much protest. And rightly so, given that we now have a government openly challenging the inclusive ideals that have guided our education system for the past 40 years. But amid the uproar, there’s one vulnerable group receiving very little attention.

As the close of the consultation period on 12 December fast approaches, I’ve been thinking about what these changes will mean for disabled children. Although the green paper is titled Schools that Work for Everyone, it doesn’t contain one word about how disabled children should be educated. And yet, if these changes go ahead, there is reason to believe that they’ll have a disproportionately negative impact on this marginalised group.

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Can grammar schools really sprinkle fairy dust on struggling secondaries?

Mar, 06/12/2016 - 08:15

Theresa May expects selective schools to take over their neighbours and magically improve them. But the data tells a cautionary tale

“Further turmoil at troubled academy chain as Cedar Mount’s GCSE results plummet,” reported the Manchester Evening News in September. Under the headline was a striking story with a message for ministers as they seek, controversially, to encourage grammar schools to get involved in running non-selective institutions as part of Theresa May’s plan to expand selection.

The article was about an academy chain set up by the highly successful Altrincham grammar school for girls, which has faced a challenge in trying to turn around a comprehensive in a much tougher part of Manchester.

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Lies, damned lies, statistics and university performance targets – Peter Scott

Mar, 06/12/2016 - 08:00

Performance indicators are all – whether universities are improving is besides the point

Pilate asked: “What is truth?” No, this is not just another attack on the “post-truth” brigade – Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, and the rest engaged in counter-revolution against liberal society. Every serious person knows that the consequences for universities of leaving the EU, and the wider Brexit-style tide of reaction, will be dire. Whatever social media trolls so aggressively believe, there is no upside.

There are other dubious “truths” – in particular, the cult of performance. As well as a knowledge society, the audit society, the network society, we have now have the performance society.

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