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Learning from the Hieroglyphics

Two pieces translated from hieroglyphics as food for thought for the weekend passed on by my colleague Dr. Angela McDonald, Subject Specialist and University Teacher - Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the Centre for Open Studies on the train home earlier in the week:

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U21 workshop in Hong Kong - 21 November

The lastest workshop of the U21 RUR network on the topic of Research Universities and their Learning Cities was held at Hong Kong University on 21 November 2013, and hosted by Professor Mark Bray. Delegates attended from the University of Glasgow, Hong Kong University and UBC as well as collaborating universities and cities who are not part of U21. These included the University of Catania, the cities of Cork and Helsinki, Simon Fraser University and the University of Tampere. 

At this point some practical suggestions that emerged from discussion include the following:

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Today’s school leavers less ready for work than they were in 1851

Subscribers may be interested in new research from the UK’s online learning provider, learndirect, which suggests that today’s school leavers are less prepared for the workforce than they were in 1851. Looking into the last 160 years of the curriculum, this research shows which subjects have been phased out or kept on, and how this relates to workplace requirements - then and now. In the light of the secondary curriculum review and the research findings, learndirect has made  recommendations for change to ensure school leavers gain the right skills.

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PIAAC events in Barcelona and Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that PASCAL will be collaborating with the  Jaume Bofill Foundation in Barcelona in organising two events concerned with the recent OECD PIAAC study.

Details of the first of these events to be held in Barcelona on 7 November 2013 are attached below. The day consists of a seminar with invited guests from 0900-1400 at Palau Macaya, Passeig de Sant Joan, 108 – Barcelona and a Conference open to all at 18.30h at Cercle d’Economia, Provença, 298 – Barcelona.

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European Observatory for the Validation of non-formal and informal learning

Those interested in the topic of the validation of informal learning might like to look at the Observal-Net project run by the European Universities Continuing Education Network in Barcelona. The Observatory is an exchange platform supporting the validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNIL) in Europe.

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