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Universal credit: Single mums win High Court battle

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The women say the “rigid” system has left them unable to make ends meet (illustrated by models) Four working single mothers have won a High Court challenge over the government’s universal credit scheme. They argued a “fundamental problem” with the system meant their monthly payments varied “enormously”, leaving them out […]

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Ethnic minority academics speak out over unfair pay

Image caption Pragya Agrawal discovered by accident that she was being paid less than white male colleagues on lower grades More than a dozen ethnic minority academics from UK universities have come forward with allegations of unlawfully being paid less than white colleagues with similar or lesser jobs. They have spoken out following BBC revelations […]

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‘Worsening’ funding problems for schools

Image caption Schools are facing a “marked deterioration” in their finances, an analysis says Almost a third of local authority secondary schools in England are unable to cover their costs, a study suggests. The Education Policy Institute says its research shows the proportion of such schools with budgets in the red has almost quadrupled in […]

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Overseas students turn away from US

Image copyright Getty Images The number of new international students enrolling at United States universities and colleges went down by almost 7% last year, according to official data published this month. It’s the second year in a row that the number of new international enrolments in the US has declined, denting a market worth $42bn […]

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Could HoloLens tech help save babies’ lives?

For the first time in the UK, midwifery students are using Microsoft’s HoloLens technology as part of their training. Students at Middlesex University are shown virtual reality images of what is happening inside the anatomy, with the aim to teach them about all the obstetric emergencies that could occur. The technology costs tens of thousands […]

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Living with abuse

Image caption Annie says her husband abused her both physically and financially When she had her first baby, just before she turned 29, Annie had been married for eight years, managed 19 staff, and earned more than her husband. She knew he could be rude and aggressive in company but she says she had always […]

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Two-year degree plan to cut cost of tuition fees

Image copyright Getty Images Students in England are being promised the option of “accelerated” two-year degree courses, saving 20% on tuition fees compared with a three-year course. Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has confirmed plans for universities to be able to charge higher fees for shorter, more intensive courses. It would mean paying about £5,500 less […]

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Views sought on proposed Scottish smacking ban

Image copyright Getty Images A proposed Scottish ban on the physical punishment of children is being put out to consultation. A committee of MSPs is asking for the public’s views on whether smacking children should become illegal. The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill has been introduced by Green MSP John Finnie. The Scottish […]