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Wealthy students tighten grip on university places

Wealthy students tighten grip on university places

The most advantaged teens have tightened their grip on university places, pulling further ahead of the least advantaged, Ucas data shows. Although more poorer students won places at university this year, wealthy students increased at a higher rate. Universities Minister Jo Johnson said he was reforming the sector to encourage equality of opportunity. The data […]

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UK seeks future cyber-security stars

UK seeks future cyber-security stars

A £20m initiative to get schoolchildren interested in cyber-security has been launched by the UK government. The Cyber Discovery programme is aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds and involves online and offline challenges themed around battling hackers. It is one of several programmes trying to build interest in security work and help fill a looming skills […]

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Will doing a degree land you a career?

Will doing a degree land you a career?

Poppy Hunt would definitely like to earn a bit more money. Although she graduated in Fine Art from the University of the West of England six months ago, she’s currently working as a customer services assistant for Sainsbury’s in Bristol. “I feel overqualified at the moment working in a supermarket, because for this job I’m […]

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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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