Fresh thinking on vocational and technical education is a good start, but fundamental questions about higher education and the state’s role in it remain.
Posts Tagged: Students
Tim Gocher: The hostile environment costs us dearly – Britain would profit from a more reasonable approach
The current system offends our allies and deters valuable skilled migrants. There is a better way.
Robert Halfon: What Hunt has done for the NHS, Hinds must do for schools. We need textbooks, not tanks.
Plus: beware of claims that we’ve reached Peak Corbyn. Don’t raise fuel duty. Scrap hospital car parking charges. And: Hands keeps his promises.
From schools at one end to the job market at the other, many of the driving forces behind the campus mental health crisis aren’t vice-chancellors’ to solve.
Onward seems set to propound the liberal and Freer the libertarian versions of the globalist agenda. Where does that leave the anti-globalist voters who now back the Tories?
For many, it’s stressful, lonely and unhappy – and occasionally deadly. Students need more help them with their mental health.
Robert Halfon: Last week’s elections blazed a trail for fusing workers’ and metropolitan conservatism
The Conservative Government is also going to have to get back to its DNA – cutting taxes. Reductions for those on incomes below £45,000 would send a powerful signal.
The new Home Secretary won’t toe the Downing Street line as his predecessor did. His appointment is thus a sign of weakness at the top.
It has fascinated me since growing up in a single parent family on the outskirts of Belfast – before attending the lowest-performing secondary school in Northern Ireland.
Neil O’Brien: We Conservatives need to refresh ourselves to stop Corbyn. That’s why Onward is being launched.
Even in lefty France, socialist policies are now being dumped by Emmanuel Macron in favour of free markets. Now is the time to develop our next round of big ideas.
Robert Halfon: Ministers should value the Open University no less than Oxbridge. And the latter should open up to apprenticeships.
What is the objective of higher education if it does not play a major role in addressing our country’s skills deficit?
The current system has brought benefits, but it can be improved upon. Getting it right will improve both equality of opportunity and fairness.
“Where lectures are missed at this vital time, as you said exam time, I would want some of those lectures made up during non-strike time.”
Thomas Barton: My lecturers are right about their pensions – but wrong to harm their students by this strike
To maximise damage, the UCU is prohibiting striking lecturers from teaching the academic material lost on a strike day, on an alternative non-strike day.
Richard Tice: University lecturers and Vice-Chancellors – more working, less whingeing, if you want sympathy
If lecturers want to keep the same pension benefits, they will have to pay for them, persuade their university employers to help do so – or work longer.