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Doing a PhD is as tough as training for a marathon – and I’m doing both

I used to wake up full of doubts about being a student again, but running has taught me to pace myself and stay focused ‘I’ve learned to embrace the freedom that my PhD provides, using it to my advantage.’ I used to have a normal job, with set working hours, drinks with colleagues on a Friday night and a desk Read More


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School libraries face a bleak future as leaders try to balance the books

Libraries are suffering at the hands of budget, curriculum and digital demands. But we must not underestimate this vital resource ‘Libraries need to be accessible to all children – not made redundant on the whim of those who mistakenly think they are outdated and irrelevant.’ Iremember my school library: it had two floors with spiral staircases, individual study cubicles and Read More


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How to stay positive and manage anxiety during exam season

Many people get stressed before exams, but there are ways to increase your confidence and minimise your nerves A bit of stress before exams can be good, but if you’re overwhelmed by anxiety your university should be able to help you. Photograph: Alamy Some students will feel a growing sense of dread as exam season approaches – while others may Read More


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Academies plan turns schools into businesses, says union chief

ATL leader Mary Bousted tells conference forced academisation will not boost educational standards Mary Bousted said academisation was an attempt to dismantle national pay scales. Photograph: PR Nicky Morgan’s plans to force all schools in England to become academies is an attempt to turn education into a business and destroy the public service ethos of teachers, according to the head Read More


Korea sees 14% rise in foreign students

The increase will come as good news to the Ministry of Education which last year revamped its campaign to attract international students after enrolments fell in three of the past five years. According to the Ministry of Justice statistics, the number of foreign students studying in Korea reached 105,193. The majority of students, 76,949, were studying on a D-2 (higher Read More


Ex-German agency owners acquire US schools

Himmelberg joined as CEO in 2013 and Thebing, who sold his German-based agency, Kolumbus Sprachreisen towards the end of 2015, joined CEL as marketing director at the start of the year. The school group was acquired from Matthias Müller, the previous owner from Switzerland, for an undisclosed amount. “Compared to the agency market in Germany, we have less competition” Established over 30 years ago Read More


US curbs visa-free travel for some dual nationals

Under the VWP, nationals of 38 countries are able to travel to the US without obtaining a visa, provided they have ESTA approval prior to travel. “The US government has taken a series of actions to ensure the Program’s requirements are commensurate with the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters” However, the new restrictions, which are being implemented under the Visa Read More


Student accommodation shortage attracts A$1.2bn investment in Aus, NZ

Brisbane-based Blue Sky Alternative Investments has partnered withGoldman Sachs in a $1bn deal to fund between 5,000 and 10,000 purpose-build student beds across Australia and New Zealand over the next three years. “We are looking for future sites to buy and develop right now around the country and New Zealand as well” The partnership marks US investment heavyweight Goldman Sachs’s entry Read More


How can wearable tech make its mark in education?

Wearable technology has long been talked about, with consumer facing products such as the Go Pro being launched in the early 2000s and then Fitbits coming out in 2009. What’s clear is the various benefits these offer consumers, for example filming whilst on the move with a Go Pro, or monitoring your daily workout with a FitBit to track improvement. Read More


The 3 Es of eLearning

What should the E in eLearning stand for? Originally it stood for Electronic, which shows how long the term has been around. Perhaps it’s for this reason there remain preconceptions that can limit its use in education; for example, eLearning software is complicated. Teachers haven’t time to waste working out how to use it, they want something that’s simple to Read More