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All the latest national education news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

Historian Chris Upton has passed away

Tributes paid after Post columnist and Birmingham historian Chris Upton dies

Many have expressed their sadness following the death of Dr Chris Upton, whose impressive career included working as a historical consultant on hit TV programme Peaky Blinders

Director Richard Allen (left) and chief executive Veejay Lingiah, of Learning Labs, with their FlashSticks product

Learning Lab launches new language app

FlashSticks app complements Birmingham firm's existing language learning system which uses Post-it Notes to help students improve linguistic skills

Maryam Namazie, ex-Muslim human rights campaigner, will now speak at Warwick Students' Union

Warwick Students' Union backs down on speaker ban after fears she would offend Muslims

SU said it would issue an unequivocal apology to human rights campaigner Maryam Namazie

Tim Boyes, chief executive of Birmingham Education Partnership

Former Birmingham headteacher takes key education role

Tracy Ruddle joins Birmingham Education Partnership as director of continuous school improvement as body begins role of boosting the quality of city's schools

KPMG's Birmingham office has just seen its inaugural intake of ten KPMG360° apprentices

KPMG welcomes its first apprentices

The recruits are part of the KPMG360° programme, which offers students a variety of routes to careers within different parts of the firm

Bournville College

Bournville College axes 100 staff amid funding crisis

The college has been engulfed by a financial crisis which prompted 110 redundancies in the past year

The new dental hospital at Pebble Mill

Dental Hospital opening delayed by four months

The new hospital on the former BBC Pebble Mill site in Edgbaston was due to open this month

Artist's impression of the planned high speed rail train

University of Birmingham in China link for new high speed rail lab

The city is joining forces with Beijing Jiaotong University to run the new research lab that will be based at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

Work has started on building a second WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Chelmsley Wood

WMG Academy for Young Engineers work begins in Solihull

A sister Academy to the WMG Academy in Coventry, it will initially take Year 10 and Year 12 students for its first intake when it opens in September 2016

Graduate employment accolade for the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job

Six-year battle over Anne Hathaway’s Cottage comes to head at meeting

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has spent more than £100,000 over more than six years fighting plans to develop next to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon

An Open University graduation awards ceremony at ICC Broad Street

Open University to close Birmingham office with loss of 55 jobs

Unions have threatened strike action after the distance-learning educator confirmed its Harborne office was to shut

First state school based at a university opens in Birmingham

The University of Birmingham School in Selly Oak aims to give pupils from disadvantaged homes the kind of learning experience available at fee-paying institutions

TV chef Vivek Singh will be among those speaking at the University of Warwick's 50th birthday event

University of Warwick festival to celebrate 50th birthday

Two-day Festival of the Imagination will welcome a TV chef and polar explorer among its guest speakers

Professor David Bailey, Aston Business School

Working standards fears as West Midlands named UK's zero hours capital

A total of 3.1 per cent of the region’s working population have the contracts, which do not require set hours, compared to a UK-wide average of 2.4 per cent

Old photo of the Eagle & Ball which is the new home of BCUSU

Pictures: Inside the renovated Eagle & Ball

Old city pub which dates back to the mid-1800s will re-open later this month as the new students' union building at Birmingham City University

Cotswold House in Barnt Green is a substantial detached family home that sits in 1.34 acres of land.

Luxury home puts the green into Barnt Green

Lush lawns and a luxurious interior should appeal to a buyer with a big budget - and a big lawn mower

Julian Lloyd Webber has become a fan of Birmingham since moving to the city earlier this year

Julian Lloyd Webber finds Birmingham 'refreshing' following conservatoire move

New principal of acclaimed music school says it is great to be living somewhere is not brought to a standstill by Tube strikes

Gas Street Wharf and the Worcester Canal looking towards the site now occupied by The Cube and The Mailbox - July 1, 1961

Classic Nicklin Unseen images of Birmingham to go on display in city

Phyllis Nicklin's images will be displayed in the city’s business quarter after a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage grant was secured

Rosie Dutton and daughter Olivia

School admission loophole on 'summer-born' children to be closed

Government minister pledges to let parents decide best course of action for children born from April to August

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News Editor
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