Why do more girls than boys go on to higher education?

by Stacey Dingwall In February of this year, ministerial guidance was issued to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) on doing more to widen the participation of disadvantaged groups in higher education. This was accompanied by the issuing of new access agreement guidance to universities and colleges which, for the first time, specified that they […]

Higher education – widening access or widening inequality?

By Heather Cameron While the government maintains its commitment to widening participation to higher education, newly published government statistics suggest that the gap between private and state pupils is actually widening. Widening gap The statistics show that 85% of school-leavers from English private schools who turned 19 in 2012-13 were in higher education, compared to […]

A new era in UK Higher Education

‘The UK has witnessed the dawn of a new era in Higher Education’ Dr Tim Vorley University of Sheffield Our colleagues in Grantfinder have produced a white paper called Achieving Higher Education Growth – An Overview of International Competitiveness and Student Recruitment which provides insight into the challenges faced and strategies adopted by the UK Higher Education sector […]

Technical education – reformed for whose benefit?

by Stacey Dingwall The expansion of grammar schools may not have made it into this year’s delayed and reduced Queen’s Speech but another education policy did – the government’s planned ‘major’ reform of technical education. As Her Majesty set out, the government’s plan is to ensure that people “have the skills they need” for high-skilled, […]

What’s happening in the English education system and how does it compare to Singapore’s system?

by Stacey Dingwall At the end of last year, we looked at the state of the Scottish education system following the publication of some disappointing Pisa results for the country. In this blog, we focus on some of the issues recently highlighted within the English education system, and how the system compares to that of […]

Talking to children about poverty: why education needs to get in on the act

1 in 5 children in poverty Scotland has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the UK. The latest figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that 1 in 5 children in Scotland live in poverty, with the figure rising to 1 in 3 in the urban centre of Glasgow. With more and […]

More people, more houses, more dissatisfaction… Are we ready for higher-density living in the UK?

By Morwen Johnson We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us (Winston Churchill) It’s estimated that we need 240,000 to 245,000 additional homes each year in order to meet housing demand and need in England. Statistics show that we are consistently failing to meet this level of housebuilding but how we change this […]

Brain food: the impact of breakfast on children’s educational attainment

By Stacey Dingwall In the wake of the recession, food poverty and the rising number of foodbanks in the UK have frequently been in the headlines. At the other end of the spectrum, another nutrition-related issue that tends to be picked up on regularly by the media is child obesity. However, in a report released […]

Higher apprenticeships – the way forward?

By Heather Cameron With the mounting costs associated with higher education study, it isn’t any wonder that young people are looking for alternative routes to their chosen career. A recent survey has found that 4 in 10 of the first students to pay the higher tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year, say university […]

Creative contribution – the value of arts education

By Heather Cameron According to the Creative Industries Council (CIC) it’s “an exciting and pivotal time for the UK’s creative industries”, with recent statistics showing that the sector punches above its weight in terms of the economy, generating £71.4 billion gross value added (GVA) in 2012 – a 9.4 % increase that surpasses the growth […]