hefce – HE Fundraising Workforce Must Double or Triple by 2022 for Optimal Potential
Higher education fundraising workforce must at least double, if not triple, by 2022 to unlock fundraising potential. A new report and toolkit from hefce set out practical steps to enable this to happen…

Using Metrics to Assess and Manage Research
On behalf of the steering group for the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment, HEFCE has launched a call for evidence to gather views and evidence relating to the use of metrics in research assessment and management.

TUC Launches its First Guide to Autism in the Workplace
The TUC has today (Thursday) launched its first ever guide to autism in the workplace.

New European Adult Learning Platform goes into Production
EPALE, the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe, a new initiative funded by the European Commission is the latest development in the EU’s long-term commitment to promoting high quality adult learning in Europe.

£30m package to help improve the prospects of up to 20,000 vulnerable young people
A £30 million Social Impact Bonds package has been announced, to support vulnerable young people in preventing them from falling into a situation where they are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

NIACE Argues for Key Tests of Access, Quality and Experience of Apprentices
In its response to the Government’s technical consultation on Apprenticeships funding, NIACE has argued that the key test should be the impact upon access to, the quality of and the experience of Apprenticeships.

Employer Perspectives Survey 2014 Underway
UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) launches field work for new Employer Perspectives Survey (EPS).

Schools Win Funds to Develop and Share New Ways of Assessing Pupils
Schools design new assessment packages to replace the complicated levels system.

Gove Announces Independent Review of Initial Teacher Training Courses
The investigation will recommend improvements and ways to strengthen ‘transparency’ of courses, according to the education secretary.

Number of Workers on Zero-Hours contracts Triples
Pressure mounts on Vince Cable as data says 1.4 million people now working with no guaranteed minimum hours or pay.

ONS Reveals First Business Estimates of Workers Employed on Zero Hour Contracts
A snapshot survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that employers in Great Britain are using around 1.4 million employee contracts that do not guarantee a minimum number of hours.

Insecure Zero-Hours Work is no Longer Confined to the Fringes of the Jobs Market
“Insecure work with no guarantee of regular paid hours is no longer confined to the fringes of the jobs market” – Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary

Government to Establish First New Further Education College in 20 Years
Government publish intention to enable Prospects College of Advanced Technology to become the first further education college for 20 years.

AoC – Cuts to Funding May Hamper Government Efforts to Widen Participation
The striking disparity between independent sector spending on sixth form education versus state funding for the same age group may be hampering the Government’s own efforts to widen participation at the most selective universities.