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We need to have a big conversation about the nature and purposes of a university or college education

Francis Green.  Especially since the surge in university and college enrolments around 1990, Britain’s workforce has become very much more educated. The proportion with tertiary (post-school) qualifications has been rising very fast – at roughly one percentage point per year

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Posted in Employment and skills, Further higher and lifelong education, Social sciences and social policy

EU and me: why are British pensioners more likely to vote against open borders than their peers across the channel?

Germ Janmaat.  The popular revolt against open borders that swept across Great Britain and the United States last year has not, so far, crossed the Channel. In The Netherlands and France mainstream parties and candidates backing the EU and globalization

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy

Women are less likely to study STEM subjects – but disadvantaged women are even less so

Natasha Codiroli Mcmaster.  There is a vast amount of research showing that women are less likely to study STEM subjects. This is a persistent finding in countries across the world and at all levels of education, and this ultimately leads

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Are Public Servants Due A Pay Rise?

Alex Bryson and John Forth.  Should we be paying public servants more? Some have expressed disquiet over the long-term sustainability of the 1% cap on pay settlements first introduced in 2010 and due to continue until 2019/20. Independent experts who

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Posted in Employment and skills, Social sciences and social policy

The crisis for young people: why housing is the key to social mobility

  Andy Green. Last week’s report from Alan Milburn’s Social Mobility Commission, Time for a Change, provides a useful assessment of the impact of government policies on social mobility between 1997 and 2017. Ranging over policies for the different phases

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy, young people
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