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

CGI of BCU's new buildnig in Edgbaston

Go ahead for Birmingham City University's £41m Edgbaston project

Major development in Westbourne Road will consolidate the faculty of health, education and life sciences onto one site

John Claughton's leadership of King Edward's School has earned him a national award

National award for King Edward's School's chief master

John Claughton named the best chief of a public school in national awards run by Tatler magazine

Rosie Ginday of Miss Macaroon, which has secured a deal with John Lewis

Birmingham start-up Miss Macaroon secures John Lewis deal

The former patisserie chef backed herself in business when she set up Miss Macaroon in 2011 – now she is on course to turn over £200,000 this year

Greg Lowson, Pinsent Masons' Birmingham head of office

Birmingham firms sign up to schools scheme to plug skills gap

Balfour Beatty, Birmingham Airport, Pinsent Masons and Royal Bank of Scotland sign up to scheme

Highbury Hall restoration to be led by former Heritage Lottery Fund chairman

The new Trust running the historic Chamberlain family home in Moseley will be chaired by former Birmingham City Council planning director Les Sparks OBE

Nicola Gould, head teacher of Bournville School & Sixth Form Centre

Bournville School to axe sixth form college

Anger as sixth form in south Birmingham to be turned into primary school as it battles debts and dwindling pupil numbers

Open University staff to take to the picket lines

A date has been set for strike action by the University and College Union following recent ballot

SR City partners (from left): Julian Buttery, development director of Ahead Partnership Birmingham; Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce; Andy Street, chairman of GBS LEP; Coun Penny Holbrook, city council cabinet member for learning and Greg Lowson, partner at Pinsent Masons

Top businesses back scheme to boost pupils' career opportunities

Firms including Balfour Beatty, Birmingham Airport, Pinsent Masons and Royal Bank of Scotland hope scheme will plug city's skills shortage

John Evans is the first chief executive of the new National College for High Speed Rail

First Group director takes CEO role at National College for High Speed Rail

John Evans is the first chief executive of new college in Birmingham and Doncaster which will train next generation of rail engineers

Andrew Cleaves, Principal, BMet, Khalid Mahmood MP.

James Watt College officially opened after £8.5million refurbishment

Following an £8.5million refurbishment the James Watt College has been officially opened by Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood

Open University staff back strike action

Ballot was taken amid a bitter row over redundancies and the possible closure of the Birmingham office and six others

CGI of new rail college on Birmingham Science Park Aston (for illustrative purposes only)

Designs unveiled for new HS2 college

Images show how new educational hub for next generation of engineers could look as public consultation is launched

Bournville College is one of seven in Birmingham and Solihull which could merge

Hundreds of jobs could go if Birmingham and Solihull colleges merge

Review into further education suggests seven separate sites could be combined to to drive efficiencies

Coventry University's Scarborough Campus

Mills & Reeve advises Coventry University on Scarborough campus

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The purpose-built campus will open in September 2016

Birmingham City University launches new business support scheme

The Advantage service will provide companies with detailed information on grants, academic expertise and connections with other businesses and potential employees

The next few months 'will be critical' for Birmingham Metropolitan College

Birmingham Metropolitan College to close two sites

Government tells cash-strapped higher education institute the next few months will be critical in a damning review of its operations

The Daden team which has secured new funding

Innovate UK backs Birmingham virtual reality firm with new funding

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based Daden secures £230,000 to support the rollout of its programme which aims to prepare students for field trips

Alexej Gerassimez who is joining Birmingham Conservatoire later this month

Global percussion star joins Birmingham Conservatoire

Alexej Gerassimez to teach students at Birmingham City University facility later this month following relocation from Berlin

Brian Yuzna

Director Brian Yuzna plans Birmingham film academy

Renowned horror specialist who also co-wrote Honey, I Shrunk the Kids says the academy will help teach the next generation of film makers in the city

A rally about the living wage at the University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham criticised for not paying living wage

According to Unison, catering, cleaning and library learning support assistants earn below the living wage at the university

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