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‘Snobbish’ Britons think university is the only way to get a good job, says Education Secretary

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Britain has become a nation of “snobs” who think university is the only way to get a good job, the Education Secretary will say on Thursday. Parents must understand that a degree is “not the only path to a great job” and school leavers who embark on apprenticeships deserve “as much praise” as their class mates who go on to ...
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An HR exec who’s worked at Facebook and Amazon says no one should become a manager without taking a key step

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Before making someone a boss, allow them to have some management experience, so they know what they’re getting into. That’s advice from Bharath Jayaraman, vice president of people at Paxos and a former HR exec at Facebook and Amazon. Jayaraman recommended allowing would-be managers to mentor a new hire on their team and then decide if this is something they’re ...
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Climate change: UK summers could be over 5C warmer by 2070

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In its first major update on climate change in almost 10 years, the Met Office has warned of significant temperature rises in the decades ahead. The UK Climate Projections 2018 study is the most up to date assessment of how the UK will change over this century. It says that under the highest emissions scenario, summer temperatures could be 5.4C ...
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Google halts glucose-sensing contact lens project

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A firm from Google’s parent company Alphabet has stopped working on one of its first projects – a contact lens designed to monitor blood sugar levels. The device was supposed to assist people living with diabetes. Verily had partnered with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop the lens in 2014. In a blogpost, it said its measurements of the glucose levels ...
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Chinese headmaster fired over secret coin mining at school

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A Chinese headmaster has been fired after a secret stack of crypto-currency mining machines was found connected to his school’s electricity supply. Teachers at the school in Hunan became suspicious of a whirring noise that continued day and night, local media report. This led to the discovery of the machines, which were mining the crypto-currency Ethereum. They racked up an ...
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How real is Trump’s jobs ‘miracle’?

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A successful American political strategist once said “it’s the economy stupid” or something very similar. It was a statement about the key issues a good election campaign needs to focus on. Just a few days before the Congressional elections, President Trump had some helpful economic news – on employment – to put some wind into his sails. The final bit ...
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London university calls for £100m slavery reparation

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Universities in the UK which benefited in previous centuries from the slave trade should contribute to a £100m fund to support ethnic minority students, says a university leader. Geoff Thompson, chair of governors of the University of East London, says it would be “ethical and right” for universities to contribute. He says it would help young people who otherwise could ...
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Thousands of babies in toxic homes, warns commissioner

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Nearly 16,000 babies are growing up in households where they are at risk of severe harm, a report by England’s Children’s Commissioner is warning. The report says that of 19,640 under-ones identified as being “in need”, 15,820 were still living at home. It also estimates that 8,300 babies are growing up amid the “toxic trio” of drug or alcohol addiction, ...
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University ‘dual nationality’ plan for Brexit

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A top UK university is planning a “unique” post-Brexit arrangement with a German university in which staff will be appointed jointly by both institutions, with the aim of keeping access to EU research funding for UK academics. Imperial College London, ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the world, has signed a partnership with the Technical University of ...
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‘Third of girls’ harassed in school uniform

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One in three girls in the UK has been sexually harassed in public when wearing school uniform, a new report has suggested. And two-thirds of girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual attention in public, it adds. The figures come from a report by children’s charity Plan International UK, which said many girls feel street harassment is “all part of ...
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