HE Bites


A round up of bites from in and around the world of higher education:

Chair of National Citizen Service sought

A new campaign to fill the role of Chair of the National Citizen Service (NCS) will launch in due course, following the unsuccessful appointment to the original exercise last July.   A statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about the government’s flagship volunteering programme said that the decision was taken after “carefully considering the field of candidates who applied through an open recruitment exercise that was launched in July 2017”.

National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2018: sector awards shortlist announced

In total there are 13 sector awards up for grabs.  Shortlisted organisations are determined by an online student poll conducted by trendence, and an impressive 700,000 responses to the Graduate Survey were received this year.   Winners will be announced on 28 March.

Teacher shortage

A report published by the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee found that 26.4% of South East England schools reporting vacancies, compared with 16.5% in the North East.  £555m was spent on training and support for new teachers in 2013/14, but only £35.7m was spent on programmes for developing and retention in 2016-17 (of which only £91,000 was towards improving teaching retention).

Lloyds Banking Group to increase BAME colleagues in senior management roles

The Group has set a public target to increase representation of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) colleagues to 8% of senior management by 2020.  In addition their aim is to increase the total workforce to 10%. Currently, 8.3% of all colleagues and 5.6% of senior management are from a BAME background.  The target is the first of its kind to be set by a FTSE 100 Company.

Sony UK TEC searching for graduate and apprentice talents

Sony UK Technology Centre is launching its graduate and apprentice recruitment schemes for a fourth consecutive year with applicants able to apply online or through a graduate career link on Twitter. The programme will see successful applicants join the international brand’s award-winning Welsh site, based in Pencoed.  Graduates and apprentices applying to the schemes will get the opportunity to develop their skills across Sony UK TEC’s diverse professional facility, which enables them to experience all the challenges and rewards of working in a modern manufacturing facility.

Germany 1st for international students

In the 2018 edition of the Study.EU Country Ranking, Germany once more ranks as the most attractive country for international students, followed by the United Kingdom and France.  Thirty European countries were ranked based on scores in three dimensions: Education, Cost, and Life & Career. Germany’s offer of mostly tuition-free, world-class universities remains hard to outrank. But the United Kingdom caught up in points, only held back by its prohibitively high cost of living and tuition fees. France moved up ahead of the Netherlands, and Russia made its way into the top 5.





Tuesday, 13 March 2018

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