Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen Society for Research into Higher Education (News) http://sociologicalimagination.org The Coalition’s reaction to the Browne Review of student fees complements their slashing of 40% of higher education funding. Their new hard cap of £9,000 a year on fees leaves unfunded arts and humanities to be paid for only by those who … Continue reading Of our elaborate plans, the end
Martin Allen Education for Liberation No2 November 2010 Last summer, thousands of well qualified school leavers failed to get into university and thousands more leaving university failed to get ‘graduate’ jobs. The unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds has continued to remain at 17%, well over twice that for the population as a whole and … Continue reading The class of 2010
Barely making national newspaper columns, the most recent labour market statistics from the ONS continue to provide a grim scenario for anyone seeking reliable employment in the early years of the 21st century. The slight fall in both Labour Force Survey and Claimant Count figures for unemployment merely masks the continued decline of those in … Continue reading Stuck generation
Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley Education minister Michael Gove has commissioned Professor Alison Wolf to carry out a review of vocational education. As Wolf notes in her letter ‘calling for evidence’ the review is part of a new government approach to qualifications, but it won’t be examining the detailed content of vocational qualifications but on … Continue reading Wolf Review of Vocational Education
There is no sign of any pick up in the labour market. Though unemployment , as measured by the broader Labour Force Survey method has fallen by 8000, this is much lower than City analysts had predicted and still leaves joblessness at 7.8%. More significantly, the quarterly figures from the Office for National Statistics show the ‘Claimant Count’ … Continue reading Youth unemployment rises again
Martin Allen Labour market statistics, published by the Office for National Statistics, for January to March 2010, continue to highlight the plight of young people and confirm many of the arguments in our book Lost Generation? The latest figure show unemployment levels, as measured by the Labour Force Survey method rising again - sounding alarm bells … Continue reading The real ‘lost generation’?
Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley Education Guardian 13/04/10 Another "lost generation" will emerge this summer as many graduates, school and college leavers are added to the 900,000 16- to 24-year-olds out of work, despite the recession having supposedly ended. With demand for university courses again reaching record levels, including from those re-applying after being … Continue reading Education is losing its legitimacy – time for staff and students to step in