Universities want funding clarity on Brexit and fees

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Image caption Fees and Brexit: The universities minister will face questions over funding

In the high-minded, intellectual world of higher education, there seems to be one thing that really matters - money.

The big questions for Jo Johnson, returning as universities minister, will revolve around funding and fees - and it won't always be easy to provide answers.

It's going to be made even more complicated by the Whitehall shift in which higher education becomes part of the Department for Education, leaving its previous berth at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

But science and research, central to universities' function and funding, are to become part of the new-look Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The higher education sector, with few exceptions, has been a vociferous supporter of staying in the European Union, and university leaders have been pushing for clarity over the financial implications of leaving.

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Big school decisions waiting for green light from Greening

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Image caption Justine Greening will have to decide what to do with school plans already published

New secretaries of state always face talk of what's waiting in the in-tray.

But for Justine Greening, Theresa May's education secretary, the first question will be what to do with the bulging out-tray.

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MPs rebel by refusing new Ofsted chief

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Image caption Amanda Spielman has been rejected by MPs as the next head of Ofsted

The permanent revolution in political life is everywhere.

It's even reached the shores of the education watchdog, Ofsted. Against all expectations, the officially nominated new chief inspector of schools has been turned down by the Education Select Committee.

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Will Ofsted be less independent without Wilshaw?

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Image caption After Sir Michael Wilshaw steps down will Ofsted have a less independent voice?

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills - otherwise known as the head of Ofsted - is in the process of changing identity.

Rather like the arrival of a new Doctor Who, the role is the same, but it will look and sound completely different with someone else playing the part.

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What happens in a university run by IS?

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Image caption There were fears that IS has been using the university to develop weapons

Almost exactly two years ago, Iraq's second biggest city, Mosul, was overrun by the forces of so-called Islamic State (IS).

But since then, the city's university has remained open most of the time.

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From boomers to stay-at-home boomerang generation

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Image caption Not moving out, moving back. Record numbers of young US adults are living with their parents

Parents might worry about the day when their children leave home - but they might worry even more if they kept coming back.

Not just for a few recuperative months now and then - but for years and years, into their mid-30s.

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Iran's teachers' leaders warn of jail threat

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Image caption Iranian teachers' leader Hashem Khastar says he has been imprisoned three times

A teachers' union leader in Iran has warned of an intensifying campaign of harassment and imprisonment by the Iranian authorities against teachers' union representatives.

Hashem Khastar, from Mashhad in north-east Iran, says there have been hunger strikes staged by teachers in protest against jailings and the denial of human rights.

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University reveals suicide attempt callouts

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Image caption The university has revealed its ambulance callouts for suicide attempts and self harming

Half of all ambulance callouts to the University of York this year have been for incidents of self-harm or suicide attempts.

Those stark figures are included in a report from the university's student mental ill-health task group.

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Why do women get more university places?

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Image caption A majority of young women in the UK are now entering higher education

Why are women getting so many more university places than men?

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.

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Third time unlucky for primary school tests

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Image caption Parents organised a protest against "over-testing" in primary schools

This has been an accident-prone year for primary school tests - and the amount of attention given to this latest leak is a reflection of a cumulative build-up of mistakes and controversy.

The day before hundreds of thousands of pupils were due to take part of their English Sats paper, it was mistakenly uploaded on to a website for test markers.

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