Colleges ‘Must Accomplish More to Handle Harassment

Colleges must accomplish more to handle provocation and abhor wrongdoings on grounds, a report says.

Colleges UK discovered great advancement had been made in fighting sexual unfortunate behavior and sex based savagery, since a taskforce was set up in 2016.

In any case, less consideration was given to different types of badgering and abhor wrongdoings, for example, those identified with race or confidence.

Colleges Minister Chris Skid more said there must be a “zero-resilience culture” to a wide range of provocation.

As well as hate crimes, the report looked at “everyday harassment” or “micro-aggressions” based on a student’s disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity or nationality, religion, faith or belief, or sexual orientation.

Of the 92 of the UK’s 136 universities that responded to the UUK survey:

81% have updated their discipline procedures, with 53% introducing or making additions to their student code of conduct

78% have provided students clear information on how to report an incident

72% have developed or improved recording of data on incidents, with a more centralised approach

65% have rolled out consent training to their students

50% said students could report incidents anonymously

UUK president Prof Julia Buckingham, the vice-chancellor of Brunel University London, said: “The higher education sector recognises its shared responsibility to eliminating hate crime, which is unacceptable in our society, and in our universities.

“We are committed to ensuring we create welcoming and inclusive environments for students of all genders, backgrounds and ethnicities to flourish and this research shows significant progress towards that.

“While it is understandable that there has been a particular focus on addressing gender-based violence, it is time for us to step up and make sure the same priority status and resourcing is given to addressing all forms of harassment and hate.”

Mr Skidmore said: “Any form of harassment, violence or hate crime is abhorrent and unacceptable anywhere in society and this includes our world-leading universities, which should be safe and inclusive environments.

“The impact of these offences can be devastating on victims and while this report shows the progress which has been made, it also highlights the sad truth that there is much further to go to combat the culture of harassment, support those affected and take serious action where needed.

“I am urging all leaders to prioritise a zero-tolerance culture to all harassment and hate crime and do all they can to follow these recommendations.”

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, said: “The findings from UUK show progress is being made by universities to develop systems and policies to address these issues but more must be done.

“These improvements need to be taking place across all universities.

“The OFS will continue to work with universities and colleges, and other organisations to ensure that all students from all backgrounds can be – and feel – safe on campus.”

Resource: BBC News

Britain’s resistance needs to boycott non-public schools, referring to ‘peculiar’ imbalance

With Britain’s approaching way out from the European Union only weeks away, supporters of the resistance Labor Party assembled in Brighton for their yearly gathering throughout the end of the week.

Be that as it may, even as the troublesome issue of Brexit commanded the talk in the coastline town, Labor individuals discovered shared conviction on another thought as large, striking and, in certain personalities, terrible: a proposition to boycott private schooling

Members were asked to consider a motion supported by groups on the left that would see the party pledge to “integrate all private schools into the state sector.”

This would mean, the motion argued, that the British government should end tax privileges for private schools, force universities to limit their acceptance of private school students, and allow private school assets to be “redistributed democratically and fairly.”

The decision was near unanimous. Offered to the floor Sunday, hundreds of hands shot up across the room to show they were in favor of the idea. Only a handful of party members appeared to be against it.

“That’s carried,” said member of Parliament Shabana Mahmood, approving the proposal.

Despite the matter-of-fact reception, the plan is a radical departure for Labour, Britain’s main opposition party. The left-wing party has long taken aim at the inequalities of education, but it has never supported a pledge on private education as all-encompassing as this.

Since 2015, Labour has been led by Jeremy Corbyn, a former grass-roots activist who is beloved among the party leadership but controversial among the broader public. Senior members of Corbyn’s team have come out in support of the plan.

“Let’s have one education service for everyone, let’s end this grotesque level of inequality in our education system and let’s integrate those schools,” member of Parliament John McDonnell told Sky News Monday.

Resource: The Washington Post

UK-India education meet: Student portability, employ ability on motivation

The designation is being facilitated by the British Council – the UK government’s global association for instructive and social trade – as a major aspect of the advanced education centered respective program UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

Student mobility and employability will be on the agenda of a high-profile delegation of university vice-chancellors and chief executives from around 20 leading UK institutions during their visit to India from Monday.

The delegation is being hosted by the British Council – the UK government’s international organisation for educational and cultural exchange – as part of the higher education focused bilateral programme UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

It will cover a wide range of subjects, including internationalisation of higher education institutions and research collaborations during nearly week-long talks in New Delhi and Hyderabad.

“Education and research cooperation is an important pillar of our bilateral relationship, and strengthening and diversifying links with India is a priority for UK universities,” said Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) – the UK’s university representative body

“UUKi is delighted to have recently launched a call for applications for the UKIERI Study in India programme, which will support up to 200 UK students to study in India by March 2021. Through our visit, we hope to identify such new opportunities for the two-way exchange of staff and students, as well as collaborative research,” she said.

The Union Budget 2019 and recommendations as part of the Draft National Education Policy (NEP) will form the basis of discussions, with a focus on the Indian government’s drive on higher education and the reforms required to future-proof graduates produced by the education system. Against the backdrop of the NEP 2019, the UK delegation will meet government bodies and university leaders in India to discuss current and future policies and identify areas of mutual interest. There will also be a high-level policy dialogue focusing on how British and Indian institutions can work together to ensure that graduates are equipped for a changing world of employability.

resource : Hindustan Time