School receptionists ‘giving careers advice’ MPS warn (BBC)
Members of the Commons Education Committee questioned Nicky Morgan this week over a lack of adequate careers advice for youngster, with MPs citing examples in which secondary school teaching assistants and receptionists were being used to do this instead of trained professionals. We all know it’s been happening, but read all about it on the BBC website.
Less than a week until university application deadline (UCAS)
With the UCAS deadline fast approaching the UCAS Press Office has published a press release giving the exact deadline as 18.00 on Thursday 15th. The article also gives a useful range of contacts (phone, twitter, facebook) for students or advisers who have last minute questions that may need answering.
Private university gets 500 applications for £35,000 per year medical degree (Guardian)
It appears that price is no barrier to some, as Buckingham University – the first private university to be granted a royal charter – receives over 500 applications for just 67 places on its new medical degree. While medical students at state universities pay £9,000 per year, those studying at Buckinghamshire will pay £35,000 annually. More details in the Guardian.
GCHQ on the hunt for tech talent to become spies (HR Grapevine)
HR Grapevine tells how Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ will become an incubator lab for the country’s most talented tech entrepreneurs under government plans for a new training programme for grads. The scheme has been modelled around the highly successful Teach First programme, with participants having the option to move into the private sector at the end of the 2 year scheme.