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Low funding for universities puts students at risk for cycles of poverty, especially in the wake of COVID-19

Particularly during an economic crisis, graduating from university should not sentence students to a lifetime of debt. (Shutterstock) Tracy Smith-Carrier, Western University Post-secondary education has consistently been linked to the promise of a better life. Graduating from post-secondary study has been identified as the single most important factor affecting intergenerational mobility. Yet, several factors at play today show how this …

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How universities can ensure students still have a good experience, despite coronavirus

Kzenon/Shutterstock Helen Higson, Aston University As UK university students begin an academic year, they are experiencing a totally different way of life. Some have already found themselves in lockdown in their residences and are afraid they will not be getting some of the usual benefits of university education. Universities have a duty of care for students’ health and well-being, and …

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Industry cadetships: a good but small step to tap the talents of women in STEM

Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock Pi-Shen Seet, Edith Cowan University and Janice Jones, Flinders University An overarching criticism of the recent federal budget is that it overlooked the workers hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, namely women. However, the budget includes one promising, albeit small, initiative that focuses on this group. The government announced a cadetship program to help women to upskill in science, …

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Universities enrich communities, as well as educating students – new research

Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock Elaine Unterhalter, UCL Education helps us share knowledge, develop understanding, and supports our connection with each other. As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, governments have been preoccupied with how to re-open schools. However, there has been more doubt about universities. Discussions about the rise in COVID-19 infections in student populations have often raised the question as to why students …

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Initiatives to close the digital divide must last beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to work

Internet access at home has been linked to higher academic achievement. FG Trade / Getty Images D. Antonio Cantù, Bradley University As COVID-19 continues to force many schools to operate remotely, cities throughout the nation are stepping up to provide free internet service to public school students from families of lesser means. Washington, D.C., plans to provide free internet access …

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Why international students are choosing the UK – despite coronavirus

Pixpan_creative/Shutterstock Jenna Mittelmeier, University of Manchester; Miguel Antonio Lim, University of Manchester, and Sylvie Lomer, University of Manchester Despite early predictions that the coronavirus pandemic would cause international student numbers to decline, the UK is set for a record increase, with enrolments from non-EU international students up 9% this academic year. Universities had feared that a fall in international student …

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P-TECH high school model connects students to college and careers

Graduates of an IBM-inspired P-TECH school in Chicago in 2017. Feature Photo Service Stanley S Litow, Duke University In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted an innovative educational program called P-TECH – an acronym for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The first P-TECH school opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 2011. It was …

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Education is both the victim and the best weapon in Central Sahel conflict

A child who fled from Central African Republic attending a class at a refugee camp in Chad. Getty Images Craig Bailie, Stellenbosch University South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, captured the value of education when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” This is why quality education is one …

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Gaining knowledge is what makes a degree valuable, not graduate salaries or transferable skills

PhotoSky/Shutterstock Paul Ashwin, Lancaster University The unexpected social and economic challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic have given increased urgency to questions about the purposes of a university education and the kinds of graduates that society needs. Much of this debate has focused on the extent to which university degrees lead to graduate jobs and higher graduate salaries. For example, …

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How to support white British trainee teachers in their thinking and teaching about black British histories

Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Marlon Moncrieffe, University of Brighton Black British history plays a significant role in the formation of British cultural identity and the history of the UK, and ought to be taught as such in UK schools. But evidence from my research on primary school teaching and learning about history and national identity shows that white British teachers – …

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