Election 2017: More than half of MPs educated at comprehensive schools, finds study

Election 2017: More than half of MPs educated at comprehensive schools, finds study

f women – up to 208 from 191 in the last Parliament, but still only 32 per cent of the total Getty Images The number of state-educated MPs sitting in the House of Commons has risen to a record high, new data has revealed. MPs educated at comprehensive schools now make up 51 per cent of the Commons – the highest number since Sutton Trust began recording figures. The report by the social mobility think-tank found 29 per cent of MPs in 2017’s Parliament were privately educated, while 18 per…

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Centum sponsors 50 learners to study secondary education

Centum sponsors 50 learners to study secondary education

Fifty learners from Kilifi County who passed their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination have been given scholarships to further their education. Centum Foundation, a subsidiary of Centum Investment, handed out the scholarships during the launch of ‘The Vipingo Development Limited Scholarship Fund’ at Timboni Primary School in Kilifi County on Sunday. A third of the beneficiaries are girls. Mr Kingi thanked the firm and said his administration has prioritised education. “We must say thank you to Centum. We have been getting some scholarship assistance from some of the…

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Melanie to study in USA on scholarship

Melanie to study in USA on scholarship

University College Isle of Man student Melanie Ridgway is the winner of the 2017 Ella Olesen Scholarship. Melanie will follow a long line of local students in spending nine months at the University of Idaho in the USA. Graham Cregeen MHK The scholarship is named after a former registrar of the university who died in 1985. Ella Olesen’s Manx ancestry – her mother Margaret Teare was born in Ballaugh and emigrated to America in 1890 – led her to establish the scholarship in 1971. It is awarded annually to a…

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Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows

Urbanisation signal detected in evolution, study shows

A “clear signal” of urbanisation has been identified in the evolution of organisms, which has implications for sustainability and human well-being. In analysis of more than 1,600 cases around the globe, researchers said the changes could affect ecosystem services important to humans. More than half of the world’s human populations now live in urban areas, and this proportion is set to grow. The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We found that there is a clear urban signal of big change, and also greater [physical…

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College professors remain skeptical of online courses, study finds

College professors remain skeptical of online courses, study finds

Proponents of online courses say they are a way for universities to save money while providing students with more options to reach their educational goals. But as they grow in popularity, some question if the quality of online courses is lacking. Just 19 percent of professors feel online courses can match up to traditional classes, according to a 2016 Inside Higher Ed survey. Professors who have taught online classes are four times more likely to agree that online courses are equal supplements for in-person courses, the study shows. But of…

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4 students receive Gilman scholarships to study abroad

4 students receive Gilman scholarships to study abroad

Four UB students have won Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, a significant increase in the number of UB students receiving this undergraduate award and an indication, UB administrators say, that the university’s new initiative to expand fellowship opportunities to more students is working. The four students, who will receive from $2,500 to $4,000 to study abroad, are Wanly Chen, a communication and media study major who will go to Singapore; Kelly Aldinger, a Spanish major who will study in Peru; Michael Pilgrom, a psychology major who will travel to the…

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Mass learning must mean web-based study

Mass learning must mean web-based study

Despite what sceptics about university expansion might say, more need not necessarily mean worse. But if expansion amounts to just more and more of the same, then it can do. The UK is a prime example. At the turn of the 1980s, there were some 500,000 students in full-time higher education. Although this was a sixfold increase since the eve of the Second World War, it still accounted for only 13 per cent of 18-year-olds, and was relatively low by Western standards. But by 1995-96, the number of full-time students…

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Sisodia seeks students’ suggestions on study loans

Sisodia seeks students’ suggestions on study loans

Facilitating bank loans for students was one of the key poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party. “The government stands with those who want to pursue higher studies,” said Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister. “The government is committed to giving the right of education to every student,” he added. The draft of the scheme talks about giving a bank loan of up to Rs 100,000 to students after Class 12. Several students suggested that the scheme should be transparent and that there should be no hidden costs. [Source:-Zee…

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In this Bengal institute, you can study today for free but return tomorrow to pay them back

In this Bengal institute, you can study today for free but return tomorrow to pay them back

What IIT-Kharagpur is doing today, Probhat Rajani- an education institute located in the same district- has been doing that for more than one-and-a-half decades but with a little extra. Located in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, the institute aims to provide better education facilities for the economically weak students of Jhargram. Known as Maoist infested region to the outside world, the area stood witness to Lalgarh Operation last decade to flush out insurgents from here. The land is land now yielding meritorious students, who fail to pursue their dreams…

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Study loop: Is distance graduation the right choice for you?

Study loop: Is distance graduation the right choice for you?

Eshna Goenka, 23, a graphic artist from Mumbai, made an unconventional decision after Class 12. She decided to opt for the BA correspondence course offered by Mumbai university, and use her time exploring career choices. She tried her hand at event management for a while, working as an event coordinator at Rolling Stone magazine. “One year into events, I took up graphic design and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since,” she says. In addition to her graduate degree, she has completed a six-month design course and is now a…

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