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Students urge universities to be more green


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31 Mar 2014

80% of students want their universities to try and prevent further climate change. But many of them aren’t demonstrating that they can go the extra mile themselves.

A report by SITA UK on behalf of the National Union of Students (NUS), found that 73.7% of non-recyclers in the UK are students.

75% of the general public no consider themselves to be recyclers, compared to just 54.8% of the student population....

One in six parents 'do all the homework'


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22 Jan 2014

Homework is traditionally the bane of every school child’s life. However, new research has found that in one in six families, it is the mothers and fathers who actually do all the work.  

The poll, of 2,000 parents with children aged between five and 15, was conducted by the organisers of the Bett educational technology trade-show in London next week.

The study found that in two thirds of cases, parents were willing to help out, but also that in many instances they then found themselves doing the lot. ...

One third of professional parents have moved to be closer to good schools


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30 Dec 2013

One third of professional parents with children aged 5 to 16 have moved to an area with good schools, according to a new report.

The report published by the Sutton Trust, entitled Parent Power?, interviewed 1,173 parents with a range of background, 18% of which admitted to moving into a catchment area of a desirable school. 

By contrast, 38% of professionals with children asked said they had done the same. The number of which had hired a private tutor to help their children was also much higher....

Government to cap pay day loan interest rates


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29 Nov 2013

The government is to cap the levels of interest ‘payday’ lenders can charge borrowers.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is yet to decide at what level the cap should be set and will seek consultation with lenders before doing so.

In Australia a 4% interest cap for such loans is already in place. 

There is “growing evidence” to support the move, according to the treasury. The FCA were reluctant to impose such a measure last month, but have seemingly u-turned on their decision. ...

University leader predicts £20,000 tuition fees for students


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11 Nov 2013

Financially struggling universities with a ‘high brand value’ could charge much more in the future.

Professor Nick Petford warned that universities will face additional economic pressures as student numbers increase, which could force them to increase home students’ fees.

Student tuition is presently capped at £9,000 for British school-leavers....