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

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

Apprentices in the Aston Martin design department mould a car from clay

Aston Martin recruits 14 more apprentices

The latest intake of apprentices joined the business recently as Aston Martin continues to develop, expand and upskill for a bright future ahead

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce House in Edgbaston

Majority of Birmingham firms in struggle to fill vacancies

The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) Economic Survey for the last quarter of 2014 shows that 74 per cent of firms had experienced recruitment difficulties over the previous three months.

Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council to launch whistleblower hotline after Trojan Horse

Birmingham City Council to launch new whistleblower hotline after the "Trojan Horse" inquiry found that the authority has a habit of sweeping issues under the carpet.

Improving vocational education a priority - Hunt

Shadow education secretary says Labour's priority if it takes power in May will be to improve the standard of vocational education

Labour MP Tristram Hunt

Tristram Hunt says equality must not suffer at hands of faith in schools

Labour's shadow education secretary tells political editor Jonathan Walker that he would introduce 'school directors' in academies in the wake of Birmingham's Trojan Horse scandal

Birmingham schools are pretty good - so why the flak?

Birmingham has a lower proportion of residents with level 4 or above qualifications (23 per cent) than England and most comparator areas.

Penny Holbrook

Skills boost is essential if Birmingham is to reach its potential

Councillor Penny Holbrook, Birmingham's Cabinet Member for Skills, Learning and culture, and Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart, say Birmingham "has what it takes" to improve skills - but there's a lot of work to do

Morgan Wilshaw and Jack Beck, both aged 14, at the First Lego League 2014 event

First Lego League science competition returns to University of Birmingham

Teams of schoolchildren will be given a set of challenges surrounding a real world issue

In This Week's Paper


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Business Reporter
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Business Reporter
Alison Jones
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Political Editor