Economic Development

Standing Up For Education

We are a group of academics and educational researchers who support the broad policy agenda presented in the NUT‘s Stand Up for Education campaign. We see the Stand up for Education initiative as a welcome attempt to present a much more positive and optimistic vision of education than that currently on offer (see our statement of support and list of signatories).

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Growing Experience: A Review of Undergraduate Placements in Computer Science

The final quarter of 2013 saw the fastest increase in UK technology sector business for over four years, and 44% of UK technology firms were planning to hire more staff in 2014. Despite this, the computer science graduates who are fundamental to this growth show the highest level of unemployment of all students six months after leaving university. The reasons for this are complex, but time and again research and employers point to undergraduate work placements as an effective method for improving employment outcomes in computing. And yet the current supply of placements outstrips demand.

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Testing of EPALE: Electronic Platform for Adult LEarning

Over the last years, the European Union has been working toward the creation of an Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe – EPALE, a multilingual open membership community that, according to its creators, is “designed to be of interest to teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning across Europe.”

Event - Improving basic skills: An international perspective on a UK dilemma

The UK is treading water when it comes to international comparisons of adult basic skills, according to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills. Join us for a BIS-sponsored event to reflect on what we can learn from the OECD survey and other relevant research, and determine what actions might best be taken in future, drawing on international practice.


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