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Extremist groups should be allowed to speak at British universities, Oxford head says

| blog, L&B World, Oxford University, UK | January 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton is pictured (left) with St Andrews University Chancellor Menzies Campbell (right) and St Andrews University principal and vice-chancellor Professor Louise Richardson (centre) after receiving an honorary degree from St Andrews University.
Professor Louise Richardson, centre, with Hillary Clinton, left (Picture: PA)

Extremists should be allowed to speak at British universities, Oxford University’s new vice-chancellor has said.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Prof Louise Richardson said students should think about how to challenge ‘objectionable’ ideas rather than banning them.

‘We need to expose our students to ideas that make them uncomfortable so that they can think about why it is that they feel uncomfortable and what it is about those ideas that… Read the full story

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‘Illegal’ faith school in London ordered to close because it doesn’t teach English

| blog, Department for Education, L&B World, News | January 15, 2016

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Godong/robertharding/REX/Shutterstock (1213174a) Talmud Torah class, Paris, France VARIOUS
A Talmud Torah class not from the same school (File picture: REX/Shutterstock)

An orthodox Jewish school has been ordered to shut down after inspectors found it had been operating illegally for 40 years and it was not teaching children English.

The Charedi Talmud Torah Tashbar school in Stamford Hill, north London was ordered to close by the Department for Education after Ofsted warned that it was failing to meet the ‘minimum’ standards required.

Inspectors found that the school, which has more than 200 students, encourages ‘cultural and ethnic insularity because it is so narrow and almost exclusively rooted in the study of the… Read the full story

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This school is offering fake reports with better grades to protect kids’ feelings

| blog, L&B World, World | January 15, 2016

School report card 'offers to improve child's grades if the parents ask'
Click to enlarge: This letter was apparently sent to a parent (Picture: thechive.com)

No one likes to get bad grades. But hiding the grades from the pupil who actually got them is probably not the best of ideas.

According to this letter, that’s what is being proposed in this situation.

The letter is sent, so we’re led to believe (it’s the internet, we’re suspicious), by a school to a parent offering to protect a pupil from seeing their bad results.

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The letter, posted to Thechive.com, advises parents use the… Read the full story

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Quiz: How well do you know your times tables?

| blog, L&B World, UK | January 4, 2016

Quiz: How well do you know your times tables? Getty / Alamy
Nowhere to hide (Picture: Getty/Alamy)

Changes to the English curriculum mean all children will soon take official tests on their times tables by the time they leave primary school. 

Teachers will be judged on how well their pupils score on the computerised tests against the clock, part of the Government’s ‘war on innumeracy and illiteracy’.

By 2017, every 11-year-old will be examined on their multiplication up to 12×12.

So could you pass? Try our quiz and find out – but don’t dawdle about it, because the real test will be timed

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12 unusual university degrees you can really study in the UK

| blog, L&B World, News | December 6, 2015

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It’s official: you can now get a degree in pizza.

Pizza Hunt has teamed up with Manchester Metropolitan University to create 1,500 apprenticeships, where students will be trained for what the pizza company calls ‘skills for life’.

To be fair, pizza makes up the main – and perhaps only – ingredient to student life.

It got us thinking, what other absolutely essential courses could you spend three (or four) years of undergraduate fees on?

With more and more people opting out of ‘worthless‘ degrees, we kind of wish we could go back in time and choose something more…interesting.

Here are 12 real uni degrees we wish we had studied instead of whatever-waste-of-time that we… Read the full story

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Chinese students are getting pregnant to bump up their CVs

| blog, China, L&B World, News | December 4, 2015

Pregnant business woman
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Students in China are getting pregnant in the hopes of getting jobs.

Universities in Beijing are reporting an increase in pregnancies among post-graduate female students, according to the Beijing Youth Daily.

The paper spoke to a human resources officer, who claimed that students will often underline the words ‘married and having a child’ on their CVs as a way to stand out in a sluggish job market.

He said the method usually works to the applicants’ advantage, as employers are mindful of the financial losses incurred by maternity leave.

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MORE: China relaxes one-child policy in face of ageing population and dwindling… Read the full story

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‘I love that man back there’: College football star delivers heartfelt post-match interview

| blog, L&B World, NFL, World | November 29, 2015

It is one of the most unflinchingly brutal and physically enduring sports in existence

But Luke Turner is proof that there’s a real emotional core to American Football.

He gave a rousing speech after playing a college football game for Rice University against University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and broke down in tears as he paid tribute to his coach and university.

‘This is my only division one offer. I broke my leg in senior high school, but that man right there [coach David Bailiff] stuck with me and I’ll love him forever for it’, he said.

‘He helped me get paid for a great education that I know I’ll use very well and he… Read the full story

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Student disgusted to find squalid flat after arriving for first year of University

| blog, L&B World, Property, Property prices, UK | September 19, 2015

MEN SYNDICATIONnStudent accomodation at Leeds Beckett Student Village, Block D, floor 5.nShannon Collins, 19, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, picked up her keys and was shocked to discover the scruffy and dirty halls at The Student Village at Leeds Beckett University.nShe says the £129 a week accommodation has stained carpets, holes in the sofa cushions and bits of food trapped underneath.n
Shannon Collins encountered the squalid accomodation at Leeds Beckett University (Picture: MEN)

So you’ve done it. You’ve got into University and you’re moving out for the first time for what might just be the most transformative, life-changing three years of your life.

But you could also be facing the prospect of living in a flat with stained carpets, holes in the sofa, and food trapped underneath.


This was… Read the full story

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Extra hour of TV, internet or video gaming ‘hits GCSE grades’

| blog, L&B World, UK | September 4, 2015

cyber crime hacker typing on laptop
More screen time correlates to worse GCSE grades, the study suggests (Picture: Getty Images)

An extra hour a day spent watching television, browsing the internet or playing video games in Year 10 has led to poorer grades at GCSE level, a Cambridge University study suggests.

Researchers looked at the activity of 845 14-year-olds and then compared their GCSE results when they were 16.

They found that those who spent an extra hour a day looking at screens saw a fall in their GCSE results which was equivalent to two grades overall.

‘We believe that programmes aimed at reducing screen time could have important benefits for teenagers’ exam grades, as well as their health,’ co-author Dr Esther van Sluijs told the BBC.

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