The university still draws a large proportion of its students from disadvantaged families in the local area “but there is no merit in plucking kids off council estates, and then seeing them all drop out, as we used to”, Cater says. He borrowed a concept from the US of a “sticky campus”. Edge Hill started doing small things to create deeper connection: putting sofas outside tutors’ offices, installing catering in all the lecture buildings, open-access IT everywhere. Then it created an arts centre and a sports centre and built 2,500 flats on site. Cater added faculty after faculty, each time increasing the student body. Retention rates at the university are now more than 90%. … [Read more...] about What next for England’s troubled universities?
Inflationary model of the universe
Neil Patterson, principal of Silverstone UTC in Northamptonshire, points to the willingness of schools to embrace the colleges as an issue. He says that although he has good relationships with the schools in his area, not all of them present the college as an option to their students. He says has hit his recruitment targets each year by using mailouts, radio campaigns, newspaper advertisements and visiting the homes of potential students. … [Read more...] about University technical colleges: five years on, the jury’s still out
The sounds are created from the 15 pulsar signals captured by the university students and researchers using China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST). Among them, 13 pulsar signals were released for the first time, according to the university. … [Read more...] about Across China: University offers admission letter with “sounds from universe”
Astronomers imagine the early universe as a wild and lawless place, with chaotic fledgling galaxies full of swirling gases and frantic star formation. So an image released today comes as a surprise: a young galaxy, spied when the universe was just 10% of its current age, that looks remarkably like our calm and well-ordered Milky Way. … [Read more...] about Astronomers spy a Milky Way–like galaxy in very early universe
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman on Monday granted California’s request for a preliminary injunction saying that Uber and rival Lyft must make drivers employees rather than independent contractors. Schulman stayed that order for 10 days, giving the companies time to appeal, as both have said they will. … [Read more...] about Uber could pause ride-hailing in California if drivers become employees, CEO says