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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Useful education links for April 26th-3rd May

Tweet These are some of the education stories we found interesting between the 26th April and 3rd May 2013. Universities veto adverts over unpaid internships (The Times) Some of the UK’s leading educational institutions are refusing to advertise unpaid internships … Continue reading

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University complaints – get the data

TweetLast week we reported on complaints to universities ranging from one for every five thousand students to one in every fifty. The data behind that, says @UnileaksUK, raises questions about the body which handles complaints where a student is unhappy with the … Continue reading

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How are university student complaints handled? Unileaks crunches the numbers

TweetThe OIA (Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education) has published its first set of complaint figures for the individual institutions who subscribe to its Scheme. The figures show rates varying considerably with some universities having as few as one … Continue reading

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Useful education links for the last week

These are some of the education stories we found interesting between the 13th and 19th April 2013.

Pupils may get congratulations from David Willetts, the Universities Minister (The Times) – Bright pupils from poor backgrounds could soon receive a letter from ministers encouraging them to apply for university. Continue reading

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What information do universities record – and what might be requested?

TweetTimes Higher Education reporter David Matthews wrote about “stumbling blocks” to university transparency this month – and in the process highlighted some useful tips for those wanting to investigate higher education. Here are the highlights: Who makes the decisions? Most … Continue reading

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How education changed under Thatcher – Peter Wilby

TweetWriting in The Guardian Peter Wilby provides a brief history lesson on the education system in Britain and how it changed under Margaret Thatcher - particularly universities (“[previously] run on similar lines to the BBC”) and schools curriculum, selection and funding. It’s a … Continue reading

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New education site data.ac.uk – what does it do?

TweetNew education data website data.ac.uk has gone live, providing datasets on learning providers’ equipment and learning providers themselves. Launched on March 20 by the “data.southampton” team to “provide a hub for linked data in .ac.uk open data services”, and owned by the community of … Continue reading

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The Adjunct Project aims to promote transparency in higher ed

TweetA new U.S. website, The Adjunct Project, is looking for data on how adjunct, or contingent, faculty are treated at institutes of higher education. The best part about this is that anyone can submit data. There’s a fairly simple form … Continue reading

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