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

Burrito Kitchen is one of five West Midlands businesses named in the Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards shortlist

Five Midland businesses make Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards shortlist

As part of the bank’s commitment to nurture the top business talent emerging from Britain’s universities, there are three categories open to entrepreneurs currently studying - or who graduated within the past five years and have been trading for more than one year

CGI of Islamic free school planned for former IMI site, in Wellhead Lane, Perry Barr

City backs plan for Eden School on former IMI site

Go ahead for new Islamic free school despite concerns it could 'sterilise' surrounding area and impact local businesses

Professor Nick Morton, Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University launches bid to address skills shortage

University teams up with Mott MacDonald to offer work experience opportunities with engineering consultancy

Jayne Hulbert and Jayne Cresswell, who founded SWEET, which provides support for more than 450 families in south Birmingham

Birmingham project helping desperate families is threatened with closure

The SWEET project, which provides free support for more than 450 families and individuals, faces closure because of Department of Health funding cuts.

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city

'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming'

Aston University

Aston University to offer MBA scholarship to people who have been made redundant

Aston University will provide awards of up to £10,000 for aspiring MBA students who have been made redundant or who feel their job is threatened by redundancy.

Classroom of children

Number of 30-plus classes in West Midlands soars

Labour accused the Government of squandering money on pet projects such as free schools instead of providing more teachers and classrooms where they were needed

Zena Wooldridge OBE, Director of Sport at the University of Birmingham

Birmingham Sports Awards: Birmingham University sponsors the Professional Sportsman of the Year

With a shortlist of three finalists to be drawn up for every one of 13 different award categories, nominees are itching to find out who is to be honoured.

19th century education reformer and politician George Dixon

Chris Game: George Dixon and Birmingham's first School Board elections in 1870

School boards were empowered to make attendance compulsory for five to 13-year olds, but not until 1880 were they required to.

CGI of new student halls at the University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham launches next phase of £300m regeneration

Hunt is on for contractor to build new student halls and sports complex next to Grange Road Gate

Jerry Blackett

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in first as it launches Edgbaston business school

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) has submitted a bid to open a pioneering studio school for enterprise in Chamber House, Edgbaston.

Iain Duncan Smith

Jonathan Walker: Why employment figures for the West Midlands make the best of a bad job

Iain Duncan Smith does not explain the gap between falling unemployment and rising employment.

A computer-generated image of the view from Bordesley Street of the Eastside Locks student housing development

£30m Eastside Locks student housing work starts

Alumno Developments is investing £30 million to deliver a canalside scheme at Eastside Locks

Ed James and Matt Reynolds (left and right), of Ed James Group, with Rob Spittle, managing director - operations of automotive group Guest.

New client wins for Ed James Group

PR and marketing agency secures new briefs in education and automotive sectors

Jean Wilks CBE, former headmistress of King Edward VI High School for Girls who has died aged 97

Former headmistress of King Edward's VI High for Girls dies aged 97

Jean Wilks considered 'saw the best in people' and was known for broadening curriculum and battling for state-funded placements

Jatinder Sharma, principal and chief executive of Walsall College

Walsall College offers degree courses for first time

Black Country institute teams up with Birmingham City University to launch trio of courses with more to follow

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore hails rebirth of Birmingham over 30 years but says more is to come

Sir Albert Bore says Birmingham can look forward to more years of growth

General business

Andrew Whitehead: Where's the energy for Scottish independence?

Thoughts are once again turning to the call for Scottish independence, perhaps rejuvenated with a wave of national pride.

Rachel Maclean

'Birmingham Baccalaureate' skills policy hangs in balance

The Birmingham Baccalaureate has now ended and, with the children set to return to the classroom from September, no new deal has been signed.

Kevin Hodgetts, Haines Watts

Haines Watts adds new face to partnership

From graduate trainee to partner in 14 years for audit specialist  Kevin Hodgetts

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor