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Sector News, 25 - 29 February 2008

Academic hub to focus on creative skills training - Times Higher Education, 28 February

“Plan proposes 5,000 apprenticeships and better links with industry and schools”. Government unveils masterplan for UK creative industries future. Article comments upon industries such as arts and media and makes the following points:

  • 5,000 new apprenticeships by 2013
  • development of academic hub (collaboration between HE, FE and schools)
  • development of transfer network headed by technology Strategy Board
  • research to be carried out by Art, Design and Media Subject Centre into employer engagement.

Funding council strategy to reward partnership-with-industry initiatives - Times Higher Education, 28 February

"Working students and employers will steer sector’s agenda, says HEFCE head.” More on the degree course development with industry.

Policy Watch - Times Higher Education, 28 February

Teaching plan up for consultation - about raising status of teaching in HE.

Our overloaded system needs radical revision to cater for the masses - Times Higher Education, 28 February

“Academics have heroically filled the gap as student funding falls and numbers rise, but it’s now time to rethink.” Argument concerning personal learning and teaching interaction between students and teachers at HE level.

Diplomas need A-level maths, say Lib Dems - TES, 29 February

“It should be mandatory to preserve UK’s international competiveness”. Argument by Phil Willis, Liberal Democrat chairman of the Innovation, Universities and Skills select committee.  Cites emerging nations record in increasing maths degrees students.

A sorry tale of lies and deception - TES, 29 February

Short article on internet plagiarism.

Wage boost demand for apprentices - TES, 29 February and Trainees deserve a better deal - TES, 29 February

Two articles concerning minimum earnings for apprentices.

Forced education till 18 is no cure for the nation’s ills - TES, 29 February

Concern expressed over effects of the Education and Skills Bill.  Argues that qualifications gained by low ability pupils are of little commercial value.