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Education leaving age to increase with RPA

By DAN BAILLIE The 2012-13 academic year will see the government introduce its RPA (Raising the Participation Age) scheme. Under the scheme pupils in England will be required from this year to continue in education or training until they turn 17, increasing to 18 from 2015. RPA is designed to give young people the opportunity to enhance skills and qualifications ... Read More »

University status for ‘perfect 10’

By SAM WORTH It is the first time in 20 years that a new set of educational institutions have been awarded university status. The Royal Agricultural College and the University College of Falmouth are amongst the 10 which have recently become fully-fledged universities. In Falmouth’s case the first in Cornwall. Principal Prof Chris Gaskell, of The Royal Agricultural College said: ... Read More »

Toyota unveils ‘self-driving’ car

By SAM WORTH The Toyota Motor Corporation and its luxury Lexus Division lifted the lid on their advanced active safety research vehicle for the first time at this year’s International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. The Japanese auto giant demonstrated ongoing developments in the safety of their autonomous (‘self-driving’) vehicles with a test car based on the Lexus LS. ... Read More »

Like-a-Hug jacket

By SAM WORTH Do you feel a warm connection with your Facebook friends? Do you get a comforting sensation of proximity with users who have given you a ‘Like’ on your latest photo, video or status? Perhaps not, as they may be miles away. US designer Melissa Kit Chow wanted to create this feeling of closeness every time someone engages ... Read More »

Universities: still elitist?

By HETTY MOSFORTH Research carried out by the Sutton Trust found that state schools still trail behind private schools when it comes to getting students to apply to university. Only 42 per cent of able state school students (achieving at least three Bs at A-level) submitted more than one university application in 2012. However in private schools the percentage rose ... Read More »

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