Understanding Your Industry: Education

In our series of ‘Understanding Your Industry’ blogs, we explore the global and national trends and events that have had an impact on the UK Education sector, as well as the employers and employees who operate within it.

Calls for greater diversity and representation, the move away from purely academic teaching and Brexit are all key focuses within Education right now. Read on to find out more:

  • Black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are still less likely to hold senior jobs at UK universities, with more work to be done
    Research conducted by the University and College Union (UCU) has found that BME academic staff are still paid less than their white counterparts, are considerably less likely to hold the most senior positions and face a pay gap of around 9% (or 14% for black staff). The research also revealed that black academic staff are severely underrepresented in the sector, with 84% of academic staff in UK higher education and 93% of university professors being white. The Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) has said the research shows that there is significant work to be done to address these issues relating to representation and progression for BME staff.
  • UK colleges and universities will soon join together to tackle climate change
    Over the next year, the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders will officially be launched, with the aim of finding ways to combat the climate emergency. The climate commission will launch this month at Ravensbourne University London, and will develop a strategic framework and set ambitious targets. Seeking expert evidence and guidance from academics and researches, it will also work with students, the government, regulatory bodies and sector agencies to consider existing good practice and forge the way for greater collaboration.
  • In the face of Brexit uncertainty, business schools are still successfully attracting foreign talent
    The UK’s tough immigration policies and uncertainty surrounding Brexit are failing to put off prospective MBA students. The USA is known for being the home of the MBA degree format, however, while 56% of American schools have reported a fall in applications, 59% of business schools in the UK reported growth across all postgraduate degrees. Dean of The Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina, Bill Boulding, has suggested this is because British business schools are seen as the smart option when it comes to job opportunities and return on investment.
  • Pioneering UK university looks to scrap academic teaching in favour of problem-based practical projects
    The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) is set to open in autumn 2020 and will encourage all students to apply the skills they learn in a variety of disciplines, including psychology and maths. LIS projects will be designed to prepare students for work after completing studies and will be developed alongside organisations like Metropolitan Police, Virgin and Crossrail. With a much greater focus on practical skills, Ed Fideo, who created LIS after jointly founding state school School21, says the school will ‘reflect the way the world is going, connecting with real-world problems’.

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