Student hubs launched in Wales as Oxbridge applications drop (BBC)
New centres aimed at getting more Welsh students into top universities have been launched as the number of applications to Oxbridge hits a 14 year low. A total of 105 students from Wales were accepted at Oxbridge colleges in 2013, down from 144 five years earlier. The BBC takes up the story.
Shake up teacher training routes to tackle recruitment crisis, universities urge (TES)
A shake-up of training that allows new teachers to swap between higher education and school-based courses would help tackle the looming teacher shortage, universities have said. The call comes as the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) commissions research into why students choose different training routes. More in the TES.
The most gay-friendly employers in the UK (Telegraph)
Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, has named Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust the most gay-friendly employer in the UK. Tower Hamlets Homes and Lloyds Banking Group rank second and third respectively, in the survey which covered 397 employers. Full details, with a link to the report, can be found in the Telegraph.
The space industry is growing – and looking for talented postgrads (Guardian)
Looking for alternative careers to inspire your clients? The Guardian highlights the growth of the space industry within the UK but warns that prospective employees will need a postgraduate qualification to improve their chances.