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Sector news, 16 - 20 April 2012

Universities failing on 'employability', students say The Guardian, 16 April 2012

Louise Tickle talks to students about the effectiveness of university careers services. In the final quarter of 2011 the graduate unemployment rate was 18.9 per cent, and with the fee rise in September, there are predictions students will get to be more discerning customers, and university careers services are going to have to improve what they do. The article also looks at what various universities say they are doing for students. Students say they want detailed industry insight, established networks and a highly personalised service.

Lib Dems set to push for more funds to retain students The Guardian, 17 April 2012

Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP and government advocate for access to education, is preparing to lobby the government for additional money if evidence proves that the decision to withdraw the educational maintenance allowance is having a negative impact. The government withdrew the weekly allowance of up to £30 for 16-19 year olds in 2010. Hughes is carrying out a survey of sixth form colleges and schools to look at the difference the change in EMA may have made.

 Gove urges church to extend role in education Daily Telegraph, 16 April 2012

Education secretary Michael Gove has said he wants the Church of England to extend its role in education children, and he has urged it to establish a new generation of academies. He backed an increased role after a review by the Bishop of Oxford which looked at the potential for new academies.