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Birmingham LGBT row: ‘Homophobic protests must stop’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBirmingham LGBT row: Protest is 'homophobic' says mayor Protests against LGBT teaching at a Birmingham primary school are "homophobic" and must "stop now", the West Midlands' mayor has said.Andy Street said he was in "disbelief" at material distributed by protesters outside Anderton Park Primary. The mayor, who is gay, told the BBC he had thought homophobia was a "non-issue in our
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Record ethnic minority students at Oxford

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Oxford University's latest admissions figures show the highest ever proportion of places for ethnic minority students - at 18%.There were also rising numbers of state school pupils, up to about 61%.But the figures, for undergraduate entry in autumn 2018, showed more places taken by students from Singapore than from the north-east of England.Vice-chancellor Louise Richardson said a "sea change" in admissions would "accelerate the pace
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KCL revoke Sultan of Brunei honour over gay stoning law

[ad_1] Image copyright STR Image caption Brunei"s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah King's College London (KCL) have revoked the Sultan of Brunei's honorary doctorate, after his country made gay sex punishable by stoning to death.Strict new Islamic laws came into force in April in the south-east Asian nation, advocating punishment for theft by amputation.The move has sparked international condemnation.A university spokesman said the new law "contradicts the values and freedoms we uphold
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Greater Manchester scheme aims to end older LGBT inequality

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Ian McKellen said he felt "criminalised" because of his sexuality in his youth A project to "end the inequalities" faced by older LGBT people has been launched in Greater Manchester.The LGBT Foundation's Pride in Ageing aims to tackle social isolation and ensure "access to inclusive housing and care" for people over 50.The foundation's patron Sir Ian McKellen said "waving the
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Sandwell College lecturer sacked over ‘racist’ poster protest

[ad_1] Image copyright University and College Union Image caption David Muritu says he will appeal against his sacking A college lecturer has been sacked after defacing a poster on display at a college to say it was racist.The poster at Sandwell College promoted the Prevent scheme - the legal duty for teachers to report students who show signs of being drawn into violent extremism.David Muritu said he had acted in
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Gender not children ‘holds women academics back’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Women academics do not rise through the ranks as fast as men with the same credentials and personal circumstances, research indicates.The study, of 2,270 academics at 24 top UK universities, found the men reached more senior levels than the women, even after parenthood was accounted for.The Cardiff University researchers said one explanation for this may be discrimination against women.A universities spokesman acknowledged they were affected
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‘Cut child poverty in five easy steps’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Some 700,000 children in the UK could be lifted out of poverty in five easy steps costing £8.3bn, a charity says.The Child Poverty Action Group analysed the impact of continuing benefit cuts to children in the UK, projecting the impact of these forward to 2023.Its report proposes a series of re-investments in universal credit and details their impact on child poverty and what it would
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Norfolk twins test new walking skills at sports day

[ad_1] Twins brothers who have spent most of their lives in wheelchairs have taken part in a sports day - walking most of the event.Daniel and Thomas Bristow, from Blofield, near Norwich, have a rare form of muscular atrophy which has left them with weak muscles.They have learned to walk with the help of Able2B gym and the twins took part in the gym's sports day. Vicky Bristow, the boys'
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Sure Start centres ‘big benefit’ but face cuts

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Sure Start centres, aimed at improving early years health and education in England, brought "big benefits for children's health", researchers say.The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) found a positive impact from the scheme, launched 20 years ago as a flagship of Tony Blair's Labour Party.But the think tank warns that funding has been cut and 500 sites have closed.The Local Government Association says councils have