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Robotics in school; Part-time work; Richard Mabey; Game Changers

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 March 2014

Robotics in schools. Our reporter Ayshea Buksh talks to an award winning all-girl competitive robotics team from North London about how their project has broadened their horizons and changed their career aspirations.

The TUC's Frances O'Grady on how going part time affects your earning power. So what can be done to prevent talent and experience being wasted when a women works part time?

Game Changers - the judges deliberations begin. And we discuss what makes a Game Changer with organisational psychologist Rachel Short.

Richard Mabey has written Dreams of the Good Life, a new account of Flora Thompson - author of Lark Rise to Candleford - which investigates the contradiction between the simple rural times she chronicled and the Bohemian, suburban life she aspired to.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Karen Dalziel.

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  • Flora Thompson

    Lark Rise to Candleford is one of the defining accounts of country life during the Victorian era, not to mention the inspiration for a hit television series.  So why do we know so little about its author Flora Thompson?  Richard Mabey has written Dreams of the Good Life, a new account of Flora’s life which investigates the contradiction between the simple rural times she chronicled and the Bohemian, suburban life she aspired to.

  • Highest-paid occupations 'no-go’ areas for part-time workers

    The TUC analysis of the ten best and ten worst paid occupations in the UK shows a stark gender divide.  Most of the best-paid occupations in Britain are ‘ no-go’ areas for part-time workers, with fewer than one in seven employees in these top jobs working shorter hours. According to a study carried out ahead of its annual women’s conference, nearly two-thirds of the 900,000 employees in the best-paid occupations – such as financial managers and medical practitioners – are male. Legal professionals, headteachers and college principals are the only top paying occupations that employ more women than men. Frances O’Grady the TUC’s General Secretary will be joining Jenni Murray to talk about what needs to be done to make sure talent and experience doesn’t go to waste when women have children.

  • Robotics in schools

    A group of schoolchildren from East Barnet School in London are  the first all-girl competitive robotics team in the country. They’ve won national competitions and travelled to the United States to take part in international robotics events against the USA, China and Germany.  The girls say their career aspirations have dramatically changed as result of working on these motorized machines. Our reporter Ayshea Buksh went to meet them.

Credits

Presenter
Jenni Murray
Producer
Karen Dalziel
Interviewed Guest
Rachel Short
Interviewed Guest
Richard Mabey
Interviewed Guest
Frances O'Grady
Interviewed Guest
Ayshea Buksh
Interviewed Guest
Ruth Aylett

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