ISE News Summary
27 February 2020
The revolving door into the universities minister’s office has spun again and in popped Michelle Donelan. Controversially, the sciences brief has been stripped from her role, but the good news is we now have an apprentice and skills minister again. Gillian Keegan was herself an apprentice. It’s not clear yet who will oversee FE. If it is Donelan, that might indicate greater coordination of FE and HE policy. You never know, we might even get a response to the Augar review this year.
Will the coronavirus be the economic shock that Tristram Hooley warned could reduce the number of graduate jobs available this year? In China, employers are already facing problems with students stuck at home as the recruitment season starts. The FTSE hit a one-year low as markets around the world suffered.
MI6 has been working to dispel the myth that it only recruits Oxbridge graduates by inviting 30 inner London teenagers into its Vauxhall HQ. The minimum age for spy training has also been cut from 21 to 18.
Those young people that are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and are also LGBT face particular difficulties according to an in-depth study by Stonewall. Bullying and lack of support can lead to those studied being ‘shut-out’ of education and work.
Universities are being encouraged to open more places to students who have faced a disadvantage. Cambridge is looking to expand places across its college network. Lucy Cavendish College, currently a woman only college, will accept men for the first time from 2021 whilst increasing places for students by 130.
Going to university could help you live longer according to a study published by Yale in the US. For every extra stage of education, those studied lived an extra 1.37 years. The study also showed that education reduced the difference in death rates amongst ethnic groups. But don’t bribe your way into college as you could end up in jail.