How to: find out about pupil place shortages in local schools

TweetIn some places of the UK primary school pupils are expected to rise by up to a fifth in the next few years, with new funding announced this week to help local authorities cope with the rise. But if you … Continue reading

Students seeking counselling goes up by one third

Tweet The number of university students seeking counselling has risen over a third in the last four years, according to an investigation by Help Me Investigate. And at five universities numbers have more than doubled. The University of Glasgow had … Continue reading

How we did it: looking at the data behind academic zero hour contracts

TweetResearch by the University and College Union (UCU) revealed that more than half of British 145 universities have staff on zero hour contracts: a controversial arrangement that doesn’t guarantee pay or continuous work hours. According to figures from FOI requests, … Continue reading

Students’ parents don’t know they have credit cards – and other “truths” about student spending

Tweet How do students spend their money? Are they careful? Do they lie about it to their parents? What about the dreaded overdraft? An infographic (shown below) created by ZenithOptimedia and Natwest has revealed how young adults spend their money … Continue reading

Hundreds of academics on zero hour contracts at midlands universities

Tweet Help Me Investigate’s Nicole Froio has been looking at the use of zero hour contracts in Midlands universities. She reports in the Birmingham Mail: “Almost one in five academic staff in the region – including lecturers, researchers and support … Continue reading

Full Fact publishes education data for factchecking

Tweet The factchecking site Full Fact has launched a new section on its website hosting key data on education. The Full Fact Finder covers 5 areas: immigration, health, the economy, crime and the law – and education. Data on the education section includes background on: The education … Continue reading

Useful education links for July 11th through August 8th

Tweet These are the education links we found interesting between July 11th and August 8th: How our school leavers fare – by school and by postcode| – Academics’ bin diving ’caused by zero-hours contracts’ | News | Times Higher … Continue reading

Help Me Investigate Education are looking for a new editor

TweetWe’re looking for a new editor to help run Help Me Investigate Education, as I have a new job following my work on the website. Over the early months of this year we have explored education issues that have been at the forefront … Continue reading

Tip: finding leads in university council minutes

TweetThe minutes of meetings at public institutions are an often-overlooked source of possible story ideas and leads. Local authorities and hospitals regularly have their board meetings scrutinised by reporters – but university council meetings are less closely followed. Many universities … Continue reading

Useful education links for June 6th through July 5th

Tweet These are the education links we found interesting between June 6th and July 5th: Education ministry gives go-ahead to two-thirds of Christian faith schools – But only one in five Islamic and Hindu schools approved, say DfE figures released … Continue reading