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Mature Students and Distance Learning

  Distance learning is a method of teaching and learning that allows students to complete their education while at a different location from the instructor. In the past distance learning was carried out in a similar format to classroom learning, by using books and papers, but today most distance learning occurs with the help of […]

Summer jobs: share your best photos and stories

During his university holidays, Alan Limke spent three summers at a theme park in Ohio, working as a clown musician with his friends. “We were a zany 12-piece band that snaked through the park, making guests laugh, scaring children, embarrassing cute girls and generally acting like idiots … and getting paid for it.” From becoming […]

Basic Skills to Use At Your University Library

Tour like a Rock Star! Whether you’ll be getting a jump start at the beginning of term or fearfully watching the clock tick towards a major deadline, all students find themselves in the university library at some point. In the past, libraries have often gotten a bad reputation as being quiet dungeons patrolled by militaristic […]

Budget: here’s what you’ve been saying about the new minimum wage

George Osborne has introduced a new minimum wage of £7.20 an hour for the over-25s and pledged to raise wages for the same age bracket to around £9 an hour by 2020. Rhys Moore, director of Living Wage UK, responded to what the chancellor called a national living wage by saying that “this is effectively […]

New job? Six things to know before signing that contract

Don’t agree to working hours you will regret, and negotiate terms from the outset, says employment lawyer Philip Landau

You may be feeling elated because you’ve been offered a new job, or perhaps it is your first foray into full-time employment. If the salary stacks up and it’s what you want to do, shouldn’t you just skim the more detailed aspects of your employment contract and simply sign up? Well, no. It’s always best to read and understand what you are signing.

So what are the top things to focus on before you sign a contract of employment?

Related: Debunking the myths of your employment contract

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Supporting part-time students: where do we go from here? – live chat

Join our live chat Friday 18 October 12-2pm BST to discuss funding, curriculum design and collaborating with business

The latest report from UUK highlights the benefits part-time higher education creates for the economy, employers, society, social mobility and the individual student.

Joan Bakewell, president of Birkbeck, has said that part-time study has a great future. The CBI has backed more learn-while-you-earn schemes and calls for universities to build stronger relationships with business, especially small and medium-sized enterprises. This is alongside a number of reports on part-time provision published by HEPI, IPPR and the Higher Education Academy in the past six months.

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Academics Anonymous: ‘Why are you doing a PhD at your age?’

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I’m concerned that my age will render my PhD worthless, at least as a passport to an academic career

• Studying for a humanities PhD can make you feel cut off from humanity

At virtually every conference I’ve attended as a doctoral candidate, I’ve noticed a similar reaction whenever I strike up a conversation with my fellow students. They exude a faint, but perceptible air of deference.

Sadly, this is not in recognition of my academic brilliance, but my greying hair and crow’s feet, which tacitly suggest that I am more qualified and experienced than I actually am. You may be as young as you feel, but sadly, initial impressions tend to be based on how old you look.

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Daughter inspires ambulance driver to go to university

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A mature student tells his story of combining ambulance driving with a course in history

Parents are frequently inspired by their children, but it’s not often that they follow in their educational footsteps like I did. My daughter inspired me to go and pursue a degree at university – something I never thought was possible at 52 years old.

I left school at 16 without any qualifications and went straight into full-time employment. Born to working-class parents in London, I started work at a newspaper wholesaler company and subsequently had several driving jobs; from vans, to lorries, to being a London taxi driver.

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Part-time student numbers plummet – thanks to government indifference

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Part-time study is the key to skilling the workforce and educating the disadvantaged. But it is not a priority for this government

The news this week that the number of people coming to university to study part-time has almost halved since 2010 may be shocking, but it is not surprising.

It has been clear for some time that part-time education is not a priority for this government. Those of us who work in part-time education do not feel optimistic about its future.

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