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

Sir Doug Ellis

Sir Doug Ellis donates £1 million to university school and cancer research

Sir Doug impressed by school's vision of providing top class education to deprived children

Surge Orchestra - 20 jazz musicians form together for mac Birmingham concert

Composer and band leader Sid Peacock h has a debut concert at mac Birmingham with his newly assembled jazz orchestra

Labour MP Tristram Hunt

Government told about extremists in Birmingham schools four years ago, Labour claims

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt told the Commons that ministers had put city pupils at risk

Asian jewellery students flock to Birmingham university

Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery said 80 per cent of its international students who started this academic year were from Asia

Jemma Bird, one of this year's candidates on BBC programme The Apprentice

Fired Apprentice candidate Jemma Bird vows to prove Lord Sugar wrong

A self-confessed workaholic, Ms Bird says she works seven days a week

Jodie Cook, founder of JC Social Media, will be among the guest speakers at Rethink Media 2015

Former Google director and BYPY winner to speak at RethinkMedia 2015

Birmingham City University's third annual digital media conference will focus on emerging trends in the sector

The now-replaced Queensway tunnel sign, recognisable to thousands of drivers

Crumbled Birmingham Queensway tunnels sign could be recreated for university exhibition

Timber Queensway signs were removed from tunnels and replaced with new electronic warning billboards which can instantly alert drivers to a crash or hold up ahead

Nick Clegg

Tories could hit public sector workers with "regional pay" plan, says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister says he blocked controversial plan to pay workers in parts of the Midlands less than those in the south

The University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham launches 'Not On' campaign to tackle sexual harassment

Staff and students will be encouraged to challenge sexual harassment and report inappropriate behaviour

Four Dwellings Academy, Lea Forest Primary Academy and Montgomery Primary Academy swapped the books for the brawn as they competed in the UKs very first 31-legged race at the Birmingham NEC all in the name of Sport Relief

Accepting childhood inactivity comes at a great cost

Action needed as report highlights too many kids not fit for purpose.

Eric Pickles

Beleagured Birmingham City Council's relief at Eric Pickles' team of trouble shooters

Worries that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles would send some politically motivated gung ho character to stride into town like a new sheriff in Dodge City to clean up the Council House have to some extent been allayed.

Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone

Rich List 2015: No.2 - Lord Paul of Marylebone & family

Lord Paul of Marylebone is a strict vegetarian who lives by simple Hindu principles and encourages his employees to show integrity and respect.

Prof Jo Bradwell

Rich List 2015: No.34 - Jo Bradwell

Life sciences pioneer's value drops thanks to a community-minded donation which boosted the University of Birmingham

Birmingham City University's Edgbaston campus is being expanded

£20m scheme to build School of Life Sciences in Edgbaston

Birmingham City University is investing to expand its Edgbaston campus with specialist laboratories for courses in health, nutrition and biomedicine

Want to know what UKIP believe? Read their manifesto pledges

UKIP's 2014 manifesto has been delayed, but we can look at what Nigel Farage and his colleagues were promising last time

Gisela Stuart

MP blasts BBC after journalism apprentice interviews held in London and Salford

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Gisela Stuart has written to director general Tony Hall to complain that the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme would not take place in Birmingham despite overtures about taking the city seriously

An artist's impression of the proposed new Birmingham Conservatoire in Eastside

Debate over architecture is vital - even if some of it grates

Buildings, both internally and externally, are the physical setting for our lives, and for better or worse, their design directly affects all of us.

Sir Nigel Thrift has come under fire from protesters at the University of Warwick

University of Warwick vice-chancellor's knighthood 'should be rescinded'

Online petition calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to take back honour handed to Sir Nigel Thrift in New Year Honours for services to higher education

A giant cheque University of Birmingham protesters tried to hand to vice-chancellor David Eastwood

University of Birmingham students protest vice-chancellor's £410k-a-year salary

On the basis, it takes vice-chancellor David Eastwood 13 days to earn the annual salary of the university’s lowest-paid staff, students chose today – January 13 – to campaign

The skyline of Birmingham

Birmingham business facts: 20 things you didn't know about city's private sector

Birmingham has been named in a list of the top 20 cities in Europe for business travel. Here, we look at 20 facts you might not know about business in the city

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