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Why do women get more university places? | BBC News

A baby girl born in 2016 will be 75% more likely to go to university than a boy, if current trends continue. This isn’t just a slight difference. Women in the UK are now 35% more likely than men to go to university and the gap is widening every year. A baby girl born […] […]

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Shaping European policies for adult learning

In 2009, the European Union set itself a series of objectives for education and training by 2020. This agenda, known in summary as ET2020, set four common goals, including that of ‘making lifelong learning and mobility a reality’. It also identified a number of benchmarks, one of which is that at least 15% of adults […]

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Study of colleges shows ‘encouraging’ texts dramatically cut dropout rates

In an article published in FE Week, Paul Offord presents the findings of a study on the effect of regular, encouraging text messages on student dropout rates. Reads about the findings below: ‘A study of three colleges has shown that sending regular encouraging text messages to learners can dramatically cut dropout rates.’ The experiment was carried […]

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How do mature students perform in higher education?

There has been a lot of research into mature students in higher education. My strong impression is that the main focus of it is on access – that is, the rate at which adult students enter institutions, the subjects that they study, the ways in which they study, and their experiences while studying. There has […]

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