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A-level results: Solihull College & University Centre wins gold for its higher education

Solihull College University Centre will be holding a Higher Education advice day for prospective students looking to start their university level studies this September on Tuesday, August 22, from 2pm to 6pm at Blossomfield Campus.

The college was recently awarded a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) “Gold” rating for its university-level provision, the only college in the West Midlands to achieve this, beating many top Russell Group universities.

So, are you thinking of staying local for your degree, ready for a career change or didn’t get the A-level results you were hoping for?

With campuses set in convenient locations and extremely competitive fees compared to many universities, the college offers you the chance to stay local and save thousands on your degree. Many courses are offered full and part-time allowing students to fit studies around work and family life.

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A-level results – What next?

The college’s facilities are unmatched in the region, with recent investment in virtual reality and industry-standard science laboratories at Blossomfield Campus and the Centre for Advanced Aeronautical Provision featuring world class flight simulators and a former Royal Navy aircraft at Woodlands Campus. The new University Centre at Blossomfield also gives students the chance to relax and study in an area designed solely for university-level students, away from the hustle and bustle of the college.

A wide range of equipment is available at Solihull College

A wide range of equipment is available at Solihull College

Students can study on courses offered in partnership with top universities, including Oxford Brookes, Newman, Coventry, Northampton and Warwick, as well as the college’s own provision. Programmes available include HNCs, HNDs, Foundation, Top-Up, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees developed with the help of industry across a variety of exciting subject areas.

New degrees on offer for September 2017 include games design virtual reality, history and English literature, veterinary nursing and creative film production.

Take the next step towards your dream career right here in Solihull!

  • For more information on the university-level courses available for September 2017 drop in to the Higher Education Advice Day, visit or call 0121 678 7000.

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Looking for advice after exams? – Belfast Newsletter

Exam results often present a crossroads where and making informed decisions is imperative to effective career planning.

The Department for the Economy’s Careers Service say they are here to help, providing impartial advice and guidance on a range of career options including further and higher education, apprenticeships, training, employment and voluntary work opportunities.

Head of the Careers Service, Frances O’Hara said: “It is important that those receiving exam results or making decisions about their next steps on their career paths have all the relevant information about future education, training and employment opportunities.

“If you need immediate advice following results, you can talk to a careers advisor online using our instant messaging facility which is available at

“The service is available from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. We have extended opening hours on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 August from 9.00am to 7.30pm to provide additional support for those getting their A level results.

“For GCSE results, the opening hours for this service have been extended from 9.00am to 7.30pm on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 August.

“Alternatively young people and parents can access a wealth of useful information including contact details of careers advisers throughout Northern Ireland at

“You can also call 0300 200 7820 to speak directly to a careers adviser.”

Explaining the potential options available to young people, Frances added: “There are a number of choices available for those receiving their exam results at this time including;

Further Education (FE): FE offers a wide range of full and part time qualifications, including Foundation Degrees. The courses are geared towards preparing learners entering the world of work and the professional and technical qualifications have been developed in conjunction with employer bodies and are a strong first step to accessing different career paths.

Foundation Degrees (FDs) are professional and technical higher education qualifications, delivered by colleges and awarded by universities which integrate academic and work-related study. They offer an alternative progression route from A levels into higher education and an alternative route to a Bachelors degree. FDs are stand-alone qualifications with an emphasis on the development of skills in the workplace which will assist successful students in gaining suitable employment. You can contact your local FE College for more information visit

Clearing/Alternative degree courses: If you have not been offered a place on your chosen course, you may be able to find a place at university on a similar course using UCAS clearing – see This facility advertises vacant courses at universities across the UK. Your results may also cause you to re-think the courses you have already applied for.

Apprenticeships: The apprenticeship programme gives you the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ – to be in paid employment and achieve nationally recognised skills and qualifications in a variety of occupations. Learning takes place both ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ working towards the achievement of an industry approved qualification. Apprenticeship training is delivered at your local further education college and by a number of other contracted training suppliers. Check

“This is an important time for all young people and I would encourage them to make sure they have all the relevant information to ensure they make the decisions right for them and their future career path.”

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Warren: Education Dept lawyer may have violated conflict-of-interest laws

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren: Liberals will ‘lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness’ Warren asks where bank CEOs stand on customers’ ability to join class action suits Labor Department seeks delay of Obama investment adviser rule MORE (D-Mass.) is pressing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for answers as to whether or not an Education Department lawyer violated a federal conflict-of-interest law by working to repeal an Obama-era nonprofit college rule while working for a company that owns several for-profit schools.

Warren this week sent a letter to DeVos, asking her to detail Robert Eitel’s involvement with the Education Department’s work to roll back the Borrower Defense to Repayment rule. 

The rule prohibits schools that receive federal funds from including language in contracts that force students to waive their right to participate in class-action lawsuits.

Warren claims Eitel served both as the vice president of regulatory legal services at Bridgepoint Education Inc., a company that owns several for-profit colleges, and as a special assistant to DeVos from February to April before being appointed senior counselor to the secretary.

The Massachusetts senator said she has repeatedly questioned Eitel’s involvement in the department’s work to redo the rule originally designed to hold abusive higher education institutions accountable for cheating students and taxpayers out of billions of dollars in federal loans.

“If Eitel provided any written or verbal advice to the Secretary of Education and Department or Administration Staff on any aspect of the borrower defense rule-a ‘particular matter’ that affects the financial interest of Bridgepoint-between February 13, 2017, and April 5, 2017, including on implementation, delay, or rulemaking while employed both at the Department and at Bridgepoint, and did so without receiving any relevant waiver, then it appears that Eitel may have violated the criminal conflict-of-interest statute,” she said in her letter on Tuesday.  

Warren noted that Eitel currently serves as chairman of the department’s Regulatory Reform Task Force and co-authored a report in May recommending the repayment rule for repeal. She asked DeVos to answer a series of questions about Eitel’s specific involvement in the agency’s work to repeal the rule by Sept. 1.

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Starting a Politics degree: advice from a former Oxford student

“So you want to be the Prime Minister then?” If you’re starting a Politics degree in September, you’d better get used to this question.

Prepare for queries from family members over whether you’d rather be Chancellor or Foreign Secretary. Prepare, at the mere mention of your studies, for your grandfather to sound off to you about how political correctness is ruining Christmas – as if you, as a Politics undergraduate, have some way of fixing it.

Indeed, the reputation of social science students as ruthlessly ambitious blood-suckers who all dream of a place at the Cabinet table has become impossible to dispel in recent years. See, for instance, the recent celebration that History has replaced Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) as the degree of choice among MPs.

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K-State professors offer back to school advice

The first several days of school will plant roots for the rest of the academic year, say education professors at Kansas State University.

“The first days and weeks are tough, so it’s best for parents to provide as much patience, understanding and support as possible,” said Spencer Clark, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the university’s College of Education.

Providing choices, such as what to wear and whether to bring a lunch or eat in the school cafeteria, helps students feel a sense of ownership in the process of preparing for school, said Lori Levin, who also is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education.

“Anytime kids have a choice, it’s freeing,” Levin said. “Choice is a huge motivator for children and teens alike.”

Students experiencing full-day kindergarten will probably be tired, irritable, fussy and hungry for the first few weeks of full schooldays, whether they go to day care afterward or come straight home, Levin said. It will take them some time to get acclimated to being engaged in high levels of activity for six hours of the day.

To help prepare them for long days, Levin recommends having children go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until they reach the ideal bedtime, using blackout window shades if necessary. Elementary-age children need 10-11 hours of sleep per night to function at their best, Levin said.

Mornings are important as well. The professors advise offering healthy breakfast foods or having high-protein granola bars on hand that children can eat on the way to school.

“It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but they do need to have something in their tummies before they head off to school for hours of learning,” Levin said.

Middle school brings new challenges to students, including changing bodies and a transition toward adulthood, Clark said.

“Studies show that the No. 1 thing that helps kids be resilient through middle school is knowing they have one adult in their life, whether it’s a parent, teacher, coach or clergy member, who they can rely on,” Levin said.

Regardless of the child’s age, Levin advises parents to share honestly with their children about their school experiences, including the fun times, the challenging times and how they overcame difficulties. Also, it is key for parents to ask about and acknowledge their children’s feelings about school.

“Listening attentively and without judgement is so important,” Levin said.

For teens entering high school, Clark recommends parents talk with them about how their decisions at this school level will affect their future steps, Clark said. However, parents should not put undue pressure on their children and instead should help the teens balance their activities and homework to achieve success, Levin said.

They can do this by discussing the teen’s schedule with him or her, helping teens decide when they should work on homework, and assisting them in selecting which extracurricular activities they want to participate in and how those activities may relate to their strengths and goals, Levin said.

“Studies of feedback from high schoolers show they are under tremendous pressure, which they put on themselves and feel from parents to get good grades, be in a sport and get into a great college,” Levin said. “Having reasonable expectations is important. So many teens try to do it all and get overwhelmed. Having some down time without technology is really important.”

For any age of student, the professors advise attending “back to school night,” which many schools offer to provide an opportunity for students to see classrooms, meet teachers and get acquainted with peers. If that is not available, parents and students can stop by to meet teachers and learn the building’s layout, Levin said.

“There are a lot of unknowns for students when they enter a new school, so anything to inform them about the unknowns will help to alleviate stress,” Clark said.

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ISU move-in days bring more Redbirds to family

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Advice for teen drivers (and their parents) heading to school for the …


Monday is the first day of school for students in Wyoming, Hamilton and Deer Park, and for many of them, it will be their first time driving to school.

Sixteen-year-old Beechwood HIgh School student Hank Birindelli has been driving alone to football practice in Fort Mitchell, but he’s making the big leap heading to classes on his own on Monday. 

His mother works at the school, so they used to come together, but that meant getting up earlier than Hank would have liked. He’s excited about getting to sleep in and his freedom, but his mother said she’d miss that bonding time on the way to school.

“It’s been so fun having Hank ride to school with me in the mornings,” said Hank’s mother, Shaun Birindelli. “We get to talk and chat so now he’ll be coming in on his own. But he’s a good driver, so I’m excited for him because I know he likes the independence of being able to drive himself to school.”

Mike Belcuore of AAA’s Driving School in Cincinnati said it’s important for parents to discuss the expectations of driving to school with their teens and help them familiarize themselves with traffic laws. 

“These teens may have never driven through a school zone and how important it is to slow down, keep the phone away, and pay attention to not only car traffic, but that extra pedestrian traffic that is out there as well,” Belcuore said.

Belcuore warned about the two big mistakes teen drivers make when driving to and from school. 

“One is speed. When you relate that going back to school, think about running late. First time they’ve had to drive, they’re in a hurry to get there,” Belcuore said. “The second one is distracted driving. Where we are right now in the school parking lot, before school and especially after school, some of these kids haven’t looked at their phone during the school day. They get out in the car after school and the first thing they do is pull that phone out. They’re in a congested school parking lot with a bunch of new drivers, so it can lead to big issues.”

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The final countdown to results is on – here’s some golden advice from those who have already done the Leaving Cert

Students across the country will be no doubt faced with a lot of decisions in the coming weeks, so took to the streets to find out what advice people have for them at this crucial time.

If you have any other advice you’d like to share, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Self-defense classes offered as women head to college

Bettendorf High School students Emma Doyle, 17, and Lauren Rankin, 16, practice defense moves Friday, during a self-defense class.

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