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More students apply to study medicine

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A record number of 23,710 students have applied to study medicine at UK universities next September.New figures from the admissions service Ucas show a 6% increase in the number of people applying for a degree in medicine, compared to last year.The deadline for applications to begin medicine, as well as dentistry and veterinary science courses, next autumn, was 15 October.This was also the deadline for
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Nativity play warning over school polling stations

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Schools should not be used as polling stations in the general election, to avoid disrupting nativity plays and Christmas concerts, says Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. He has written to returning officers, saying there is funding available for local authorities to find alternative venues for places to vote on 12 December.Mr Williamson says he wants to keep "disruption to school activities over the Christmas period to
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University workers vote for eight-day strike

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Students at around 60 universities could face disruption University lecturers and support staff are to strike for eight days in disputes over pay and pensions.Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will walk out between 25 November and 4 December, following votes in favour of industrial action.The strike action will affect 60 universities across the UK, UCU says. The group Universities UK
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Universities ‘undermined by overseas autocracies’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities in the UK are failing to recognise the seriousness of interference from autocratic countries overseas, a report by MPs says.The Foreign Affairs Committee warns of a threat to academic freedom, in a report highlighting concerns about the influence of China.But government advice about the risks has been "non-existent", say MPs.Tom Tugendhadt, who chairs the committee, called for a defence of "hard-won liberties".The cross-party House
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Domestic abuse ‘biggest threat to child protection’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Domestic violence, family conflict and drink and drug abuse are the biggest drivers of the rise in child-protection cases in England, says the Local Government Association (LGA).The organisation representing English councils has surveyed the councillors in charge of children's services about the causes of a 53% rise in child-protection cases over the past decade.More than 80% identified domestic violence and substance misuse as being behind
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Losing sight not enough for special needs funding

[ad_1] Image caption Kezia began to lose her sight when she was taking her GCSEs, but has not got funding for a place at a specialist college If a young person lost their sight, you might think it would be straightforward enough to get special needs funding.But Kezia, from Leyton in east London, has been struggling to get support for a specialist place.Now aged 23, she began to have trouble
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Dundee University principal suspended over rent row

[ad_1] Image copyright Dundee University Image caption Prof Andrew Atherton took up his role at Dundee University earlier this year. Dundee University's new principal has been suspended after a row over alleged non-payment of rent at the institution.Prof Andrew Atherton was removed from his role on 13 September pending an investigation.Dundee University said the investigation, which has yet to be completed, is being carried out independently. Prof Atherton, who was
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University of Birmingham apologises to staff not paid on time

[ad_1] Image caption A university spokesperson said it would be looking into how the errors occurred The University of Birmingham has apologised for failing to pay some of its staff on time.It is unclear how many people are affected, but the BBC spoke to several who said they were out of pocket.It follows other issues in the summer, when students who took on work there also experienced payment delays.The university
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Unconditional offer students ‘more likely to drop out’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Eighteen-years-olds in England who are given unconditional university offers before taking their A-levels are more likely to drop out in their first year of degree study, research finds.The Office for Students says 185 students, who would have been expected to continue, dropped out in the academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17. The watchdog says its findings are a "real cause for concern".The number of institutions offering
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Technical schools ‘half full and perform less well’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Technical schools in England have received millions of pounds in public funding but many are half full and get poorer results than other secondary schools, a government watchdog warns. The National Audit Office (NAO) says university technical colleges (UTCs) are also less likely to be rated as good or outstanding by inspectors.UTCs see employers and universities jointly providing technical education.The government says they "play a