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

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham awarded £80 million for quantum physics project

Funding will go towards work on quantum sensors which could be used for a plethora of tasks from mapping underground pipework to helping research into dementia

Nick Drake

Pictures: Tributes to Nick Drake on 40th anniversary of cult musician's death

Drake, from Tanworth-in-Arden, died following an overdose of an anti-depressant drug on November 25, 1974

Mark Smith, regional chairman at PwC in the Midlands

PwC claim honours in National Apprenticeship Awards

Now in their 11th year, the awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and apprenticeship employers

The historic referendum is currently on a knife-edge, with the Yes campaign to keep the Union together only narrowly ahead of the No voters

English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland

Midland MPs have backed a Commons motion calling for an end to an unfair funding system which gives more money to Scotland than England - despite pledge by party leaders to keep it

Inside Jaguar Land Rover's Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54

Iconic British brands thrive and drive forward on global stage

Car giant Jaguar Land Rover is sponsoring the manufacturing category at this year's Birmingham Post Business Awards. Here, the car giant looks back at a period of incomparable success

An acting principal is filling in for Bournville College principal Norman Cave (above)

Staff axed as Bournville College faces cash crisis

Three years after moving from Selly Oak to purpose-built campus in Longbridge, the college has an acting principal and redundancies are afoot

PTA chairman David Roberts with Bournville Junior School year six pupils who have opened a shop selling second hand clothes, uniforms and cards

Parents help Bournville Junior School pupils talk shop

With city schools struggling to stretch small budgets, education correspondent Emma McKinney discovers how passionate parents are busy boosting the coffers

Artwork by practising and emerging artists from across the region in the West Midlands Open 2014 exhibition in the Gas Hall, at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The West Midlands Open Exhibition at Gas Hall is showcasing new artistic talent

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s latest open exhibition is likely to make people ask the question: What is art?

Conductor John Wilson is back at Symphony Hall reconstructing lost film scores from Hollywood

John Wilson Orchestra presents an evening of Cole Porter at Symphony Hall

Stephen Drew, star of Educating Essex, who is set to host a debate on education at Birmingham City University

Educating Essex head teacher comes to Birmingham for an education debate

Head teacher Stephen Drew, who shot to fame in documentary Educating Essex, talks to Emma McKinney about parenting and behaviour as he heads for an education debate in Birmingham

Birmingham Made Me: Birmingham Made Me SmArt Mart Expo & Awards

Agenda of events taking place at the Birmingham Made Me SmArt Mart Expo & Awards

Beverley Nielsen

Birmingham Made Me: A think and do tank for new business

Idea Birmingham was started by Birmingham City University as a think and do tank to position design-driven innovation and entrepreneurial collaboration, writes Beverley Nielsen

Paul Forrest, director of the West Midlands Economic Forum

Birmingham Made Me: Manufacturing critical to the region

Manufacturing isn't dead but the days of mass employment of low-skilled workers are over

Frenchtastic franchisee Jennifer Gray and her daughter Delilah-Grace

Frenchtastic move for Sutton Coldfield mother

Jennifer Gray, from Sutton Coldfield, went from teaching daughter Delilah-Grace about wee wees to oui ouis – and it went so well she is making a career out of it

Thousand of Birmingham children 'living in poverty'

A damning new report has revealed that few families in Birmingham on the breadline stand much chance of dragging themselves out of poverty.

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne

Midland mayor "could run policing, transport and support for business"

MP Liam Byrne, a potential  candidate for the job, has set out detailed proposals for the powers a Birmingham or West Midland mayor should have.

Beverley Nielsen

Birmingham Made Me 2014: Manufacturing happens by design, not by accident

Beverley Nielsen claims the recent success of Midlands-based manufacturers has relied heavily upon the work of the creative industries

String quartet The Stringcredibles are taking the sounds of the First World War out on tour

Violinist from the CBSO reveals how string quartet is educating children about the First World War

Raj Patel, founder of Vanti

Computer whizz makes global top five 'Channel Changers'

Entrepreneur who counts Nike and Tottenham Hotspur among his clients recognised by industry membership body

CGI of the planned student accommodation development at 495 - 505 Bristol Road, in Selly Oak

Selly Oak set to get another large student block

Bristol Road target for latest project as developer submits plans for nearly 350 bedrooms opposite University of Birmingham campus

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