“90% of residents on #benefitstreet live on benefits. 10% died ages ago. No one is fessing up so they can keep scamming their pensions”

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Equality and Diversity includes any issue which could result in less favorable treatment to an individual, or group of individuals based on their disability, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religious belief etc. In addition bullying, harassment or victimisation are also regarded as equality and diversity issues” 

Dom Anderson, the NUS Vice President (Society and Citizenship), recently wrote an article for the Independent that looked at the channel 4 program “Benefits Street”. It focused on how the majority of our society is so quick to Judge those that are less fortunate that ourselves.

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UK shadow education secretary wants to license teachers

The Labour Party are putting forward plans to license teachers in an effort to raise standards in schools. Tristram Hunt is asking the new Royal College of Teaching to oversee the assessments. Its a sign of how the Labour party hopes to “outflank” the education secretary, Michael Gove, on teaching standards.

“Teachers would have to show they are meeting the high standards and would be required to undergo training to update their skills.”

This post from “Schools 4 Cools” explains the benefits to the proposals!

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How would you ensure that students are getting quality education? There are many factors to consider and to weigh in to make sure that students are really primed to be educated the right way and in the right place. One of these factors is having quality teachers.

Typically, governments and their regulating education agencies or departments would want to heighten the level by raising teachers standard.

In the United Kingdom, the Labour Party is planning to license teachers in a bid to raise new standards. Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt wants to resurrect a plan that the previous administration had.

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“Mr Osborne, Its Danny Alexander. I have an idea that will stop social mobility in its tracks and free up some cash for us!”

The NUS Campaign to stop the cuts.

The NUS Campaign to stop the cuts.

This “genius” is talking about the Student Opportunity Fund. This is a pot of money that currently sits at £327m (More a treasure chest than a pot!) and it used to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds access Higher Education. its fate will be decided tomorrow (Published on 21/01/14) after reports that the LibDem Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander, is in favour of scrapping the whole thing. Yep, you read that right, he wants to scrap all £327m of it.

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Unlevel playing field – UCAS Personal Statements

Y U No Write Yourself?

Y U No Write Yourself?

The UCAS personal Statement, here is a chance to sell yourselves, talk about how you are different from the rest of your peers. It’s the only free response section on a University application that puts heavy emphasis on academic achievement and could potentially change your life forever if you get the interview.  Continue reading

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“He’s Dyslexic, but he does knows his CBA’s.”

Seems Legit

Seems Legit

My blog post yesterday (and the fact I am currently one of lead organiser for a week long disability awareness campaign for students where I work) has got me thinking about students with Special Educational Needs (SENs), particularly those with Dyslexia. Partly because this is something I have had to struggle with myself, all be it at the very mildest end of the spectrum, and also because soon after starting this blog, I got a message off a friend of mine from University saying “I thought you had Dyslexia?!” Continue reading

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“That would look lovely hung up above my fire place.”

Because we all need Diane Abbot, Naked, Looking terrifying!

Because we all need Diane Abbot, Naked, Looking terrifying!

So here is something that really got on my goat this week. Another case of poor choices made by our elected leaders. MPs have reportedly spent an astonishing £250,000 on painting of themselves since 1995. This information came out after a Freedom Of Information (FOI) request was made by the Evening Standard.

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Widening the gap to Widening Participation

This blog post comes off the back of yesterday’s post regarding bad spending choices in a time where every penny counts to plug the gaps that the funding cuts from the government are leaving in the HE sector. Yesterday’s blog can be found here! It also comes from mine and many other staff and students frustration at the lack of money available to help people get into Higher Education, and stay there through to completion. Continue reading

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“We are all in this together. Except for us, we aren’t in it with you at all.”

A while back a video of Jeremy Paxman interviewing Russell Brand was doing the round on the internet. I’m sure most of you would have already seen it, the interview covers topics such as voting in a general election, Revolution and even touches on beards at one point! If you haven’t seen the video, its linked below. Continue reading

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I met the queen once. That was nice

The Queen and I

I met the Queen Once. That was nice

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“Pssst. Hay mister, do ya wanna buy this student loan book for cheap?!”

So a little while back it came to light that the government was putting forward plans to sell off the student loan book with the aim of clearing this debt from its books. In the short term, it would mean a nice little lump sum of cash for the government and some debt removed from the deficit, in the long run, it would mean those graduating university could be hit even harder than they already are. my original post can be read below. Continue reading

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