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techUK proposes 11 recommendations to meet the digital skills challenge

techUK proposes 11 recommendations to meet the digital skills challenge | The office today | Scoop.it
In a new white paper 'We are just not doing enough', techUK sets out 11 recommendations for government, industry & wider players
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Osborne surprises with budget plan, scraps tax credit cuts - Reuters UK

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered a half-yearly budget update to parliament in which he slightly raised his budget surplus target for the end of the decade while abandoning a controversial plan to make big savings in one part of the welfare...
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Science Budget report – Cambridge MP reacts

Science Budget report – Cambridge MP reacts | The office today | Scoop.it
News from Cambridge businesses. Network members upload news here about their products, services and achievements.
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Alan Milburn warns against funding cuts for poorest students, as Cameron ... - Times Higher Education

Alan Milburn warns against funding cuts for poorest students, as Cameron ... - Times Higher Education | The office today | Scoop.it
Government’s social mobility adviser speaks out amid suggestions Green Paper has been delayed to allow tie-in with PM speech on social mobility
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Without a balance between research and teaching, there will be nothing “higher” about UK education.

Without a balance between research and teaching, there will be nothing “higher” about UK education. | The office today | Scoop.it
There are a surge of rumours circulating over how higher education will be affected by the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of the November.
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Manufacturers says skills shortages hold back exporting plans

Manufacturers says skills shortages hold back exporting plans | The office today | Scoop.it
Small businesses in the UK are missing out on global opportunities because they cannot recruit the right staff From a lack of business-ready digital skills to core manufacturing expertise, a shortage of relevant talent is hampering the chances of...
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Cameron challenged by TUC on claim he met leadership over trade union bill - The Guardian

Cameron challenged by TUC on claim he met leadership over trade union bill - The Guardian | The office today | Scoop.it
Prime minister accused of dodging negotiations after refusing to consider Len McCluskey’s offer to drop opposition to aspects of trade union legislation
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Right to 30-day refund becomes law - BBC News

Right to 30-day refund becomes law - BBC News | The office today | Scoop.it
New consumer protection measures - including longer refund rights - come into force under the Consumer Rights Act.
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Call to use big data to find skills gaps - FT.com

Ministers should use government data on graduate earnings to identify skills gaps and direct the education system to meet business needs, a prominent academic has urged. Anna Vignoles, a Cambridge education professor who is part of the university’s
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UCAS Analysis Note 2015/05 – 'Offer rates to different ethnic groups are close to expected values' | UCAS

UCAS has published its fifth Analysis Note of the 2015 cycle, entitled ‘Offer rates to different ethnic groups close to expected values’. The work comes after research outputs which suggested possible bias in offer rates. UCAS’ analysis looks at offer rates from English providers to young English applicants from different ethnic groups, by subject area. The main analysis looks at the higher Tariff group, though the supporting data file gives results for all three Tariff groups. The full note is available to download on the Analysis Notes page of the website, along with the data files. Key findings: The analysis does not reflect any systemic bias against ethnic minorities in HE admissions Offer rates to different ethnic groups are close to expected values The ‘expected’ offer rate to Asian, Black, Mixed and Other applicants is lower than to White applicants. This reflects that (for the same strength of predicted grades) Asian, Black, Mixed and Other applicants are more likely to apply to those higher tariff universities and courses that have lower offer rates. Most of the difference in actual offer rates between ethnic groups is accounted for by these different application patterns. Actual offer rates to Asian, Black, Mixed and Other applicants are close to what would be expected (from the predicted grades they hold and the courses they apply to), ranging from two percentage points higher than expected, to two percentage points lower than expected. UCAS’ Chief Executive Mary Curnock Cook said: “It is important that we and other experts in this field continue to research the factors which create advantage or disadvantage in receiving an offer for higher education. “This analysis is encouraging in that it does not reflect any systemic bias against ethnic minorities in HE admissions. “What is clear is that the White group of applicants are more likely to ‘play it safe’ with their choices, selecting courses where the offer-rate is higher. In contrast, the choices of some other ethnic groups – with the same set of predicted grades - tend to be more ambitious, and to courses with lower offer rates. “With five choices available, it’s a low-risk strategy if students do aim high and make at least one choice with entry requirements above their predictions without jeopardising their chances of receiving an offer overall.” UCAS Press Office contacts: 01242 545469 communications@ucas.ac.uk About UCAS UCAS is a charity and is the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. We manage applications from over 650,000 applicants each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 350 universities and colleges across the UK. Ends
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Morning Star :: TTIP ‘will add to poverty of Third World’

Morning Star :: TTIP ‘will add to poverty of Third World’ | The office today | Scoop.it
The only English-language socialist daily newspaper in the world, published six days a week.
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CABI Blogs: hand picked... and carefully sorted: TTIP and its potential impacts on health in Europe

CABI Blogs: hand picked... and carefully sorted: TTIP and its potential impacts on health in Europe | The office today | Scoop.it
Concern is rising in the European public health community about the TTIP trade agreement, an agreement being negotiated between the US and the EU Commission to reduce barriers to trade. While there may be economic benefits, the agreement could have...
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Economic value of sport

Economic value of sport | The office today | Scoop.it
Growth in sport has outstripped the English economy as a whole – and the sector remained strong even when recession struck.
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£1 of knowledge exchange funding creates £10 of benefits, Hefce says - Times Higher Education

£1 of knowledge exchange funding creates £10 of benefits, Hefce says - Times Higher Education | The office today | Scoop.it
Funding council extols virtues of Higher Education Innovation Funding as spending review cuts loom
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Targets for different apprenticeship levels in race to 3m starts dismissed by Treasury and BIS

Targets for different apprenticeship levels in race to 3m starts dismissed by Treasury and BIS | The office today | Scoop.it
Government representatives today dismissed the suggestion of targets for different apprenticeship levels in the race for 3m new starts by 2020.
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Britain Spends Less Than Any Advanced Nation On Science And Is Losing Out, Top Scientists Warn

Britain Spends Less Than Any Advanced Nation On Science And Is Losing Out, Top Scientists Warn | The office today | Scoop.it
Prof Brian Cox and leading researchers told BuzzFeed News that ministers should increase science spending or risk irreparable damage to Britain’s capability.





The superconducting solenoid magnet at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
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TPP trade deadlock: Pacific countries near deal after biotech breakthrough

TPP trade deadlock: Pacific countries near deal after biotech breakthrough | The office today | Scoop.it
Compromise on length of pharmaceutical companies’ monopolies on new drugs could create two tracks on future drug pricing, insider says A dozen Pacific countries closed in on a sweeping free trade pact on Sunday in Atlanta, after a breakthrough over...
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Chancellor hails historic deal for Sheffield

Chancellor hails historic deal for Sheffield | The office today | Scoop.it
New devolution deal with civic leaders from South Yorkshire sees the most fundamental shake-up of local government for a generation.
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Sajid Javid’s blueprint for BIS heightens fears for research funding | Science | The Guardian

Sajid Javid’s blueprint for BIS heightens fears for research funding | Science | The Guardian | The office today | Scoop.it
James Wilsdon: A leaked consultation from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has deepened concern about the future of the research system.
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Paul Nurse: government would be ‘Neanderthals’ to cut research budget | Times Higher Education

Paul Nurse: government would be ‘Neanderthals’ to cut research budget | Times Higher Education | The office today | Scoop.it
Nobel prizewinner makes comments in run-up to November spending review
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Sullivans Blawg — “Do you want fries with that?”

Sullivans Blawg — “Do you want fries with that?” | The office today | Scoop.it
“Do you want fries with that?” The new National Living Wage (NLW), to sit alongside the national minimum wage (NMW), comes into force in April 2016. The rate will be £7.20 an hour for anyone over the...
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"The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has calculated that as a result of this increase, over 2.75 million workers in the UK will benefit from a direct pay rise, but this is likely to have an impact on employees. The CBI quoted figures from an independent report that showed that as a result of these plans, there will be fewer jobs and that hours per week worked will be reduced by almost 4,000,000 a week in the next 5 years."

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European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Commission proposes new Investment Court System for TTIP and other EU trade and investment negotiations

European Commission - Press Release details page - European - Press release Commission Brussels, 16 September 2015 The European Commission has approved its proposal for a new and transparent system for resolving disputes between investors and...
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Taking up the floor: exploring the impact of the National Living Wage on employers - Resolution Foundation

Taking up the floor: exploring the impact of the National Living Wage on employers - Resolution Foundation | The office today | Scoop.it
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European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) - The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): a controversial agreement and dangerous for workers / Working Papers / Publications / Home

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) - The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): a controversial agreement and dangerous for workers / Working Papers / Publications / Home | The office today | Scoop.it
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