More girls opting for science in schools, BTEC results show (Independent)
This year’s BTEC results show a 27 percent rise in the number of girls opting for the sciences, with the number of girls gaining the Applied Science level 3 higher than boys for the first time. Girls are also outperforming boys in this particular qualification. The full details are covered by the Independent.
UCAS releases 2015 cycle applicant figures – October deadline (www.ucas.com)
UCAS has published its statistical release for the 15 October deadline course in the 2015 undergraduate cycle – the ‘equal consideration’ deadline for most medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses as well as all Oxbridge courses. Overall sees a 3 percent decline in total applicants but with small increases from both EU (+2%) and International (+1%) applicants.
Graduates ‘should pay back fees to universities’ (BBC)
A report by free-market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) recommends that graduates should pay their university a proportion of their future earning, rather than taking out loans which are financed by the taxpayer. The study says that tying universities’ income to that of students would be an incentive to produce top graduates. The BBC reports on the story.
Undercover in MI6: What it’s like to work as a spy (Guardian Careers)
A really interesting piece in the Guardian Careers this week for those of us looking to brush up our knowledge of alternative careers. Harry Ferguson, former MI6 intelligence officer and undercover agent for the National Investigation Service, talks about the realities of his career as a spy and, in doing so, busts some of the myths we may be associating with this particular career choice. Enjoy!