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Columbia students threaten to withhold tuition fees amid Covid protest | US universities

Almost 1,800 students at Columbia University in New York are threatening to withhold tuition fees next year, in the latest signal to US academia of widespread preparedness to act on demands to reduce costs and address social justice issues relating to labor, investments and surrounding communities. In a letter to trustees and administrators of Columbia,...


Funding gap of £643m puts special needs teaching at risk | Local government

Almost 90% of English councils overspent on their budgets for teaching children with special needs last year, and the underfunding is set to continue into 2021, according to figures seen by the Observer. Campaigners say the special education needs and disabilities (Send) system is in turmoil owing to chronic underfunding from central government, with many...


‘We won’t be cash cows’: UK students plan the largest rent strike in 40 years | Universities

Student activists are preparing for the biggest wave of university rent strikes in four decades amid growing frustration at heavy-handed hall lockdowns, the prospect of paying for empty rooms and little face-to-face teaching when they eventually return in the new year. There are at least 20 rent strikes currently under way or being organised on...


Covid scientist Jeremy Farrar had recurring nightmare about failing A-levels | Desert Island Discs

The director of the Wellcome Trust has spent the last nine months under intense pressure, advising government ministers on Covid-19 as a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage). Yet Sir Jeremy Farrar has revealed that his most frequent nightmare has been about sitting his A-levels more than 40 years ago. “I used...


Music education in UK schools devastated by pandemic, survey finds | Education

Music education in schools is facing an “unprecedented crisis” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with singing, instrumental lessons, extracurricular activities and end-of-term concerts all badly hit, a new report says. There is “genuine cause for alarm” over the impact of the virus on music provision, says The Heart of the School is Missing...