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FTSE 100 flat but Ferguson boosted by results

FTSE 100 flat but Ferguson boosted by results

Shares in plumbing supplies group Ferguson topped the FTSE 100 at midday after it reported rising profits and announced a £500m share buyback. The firm – formerly known as Wolseley – reported an 8.6% rise in annual revenues at its ongoing businesses, with trading profit up 8.7% to £1.03bn. Ferguson shares rose 4.75%, with the FTSE […]

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Does the world need polymaths?

Does the world need polymaths?

Two hundred years ago, it was still possible for one person to be a leader in several different fields of inquiry. Today that is no longer the case. So is there a role in today’s world for the polymath – someone who knows a lot about a lot of things? “The winner of the 1964 […]

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Wealth gap in university places

Wealth gap in university places

Young people in some of the wealthiest areas of England are 18 times more likely to go to university than those in the poorest, suggests new analysis. The charity Teach First compared official child poverty figures with university participation rates. In parts of Derbyshire, only one in 20 young people progressed to university in 2015, […]

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