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  1. Goodbye Garry, time for a change!
  2. Hi sedith, you're confusing a number of things, which isn't surprising as the UK HE sector is confusing! A university is always a Higher Education Institution with degree awarding powers from Undergraduate to Doctorate and everything in between. These universities are generally under the control of a vice-chancellor (effectively the CEO) and CAN comprise of colleges or indeed faculties (or whatever that university choses to call them). In Sheffield we have two universities, The University of Sheffield (UoS) and Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). UoS operates a faculty system of six faculties: Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry and Health, Science, Social Sciences and the International Faculty in Thessaloniki (Greece). SHU operates in three colleges: Business, Technology and Engineering, Social Sciences and Arts and Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences. Where your confusion appears to arise, is in the comparison with for example Oxford or Cambridge where 'Colleges' operate as more independent entities than is the norm in most UK Universities, these colleges will have their own support staff and academic regulations for example. As a rule of thumb: Most 'classic' universities organised under the 'Russell Group' banner tend to operate in faculty format, whereas most new universities operate in a college structure. The latter group has more of a social mobility and teaching focus, frequently with predominantly undergraduate courses than the former, which are more focussed on research and development and will have larger postgraduate courses (although also many undergraduates!). Then there are Further Education Colleges which operate mainly in the post-16 education setting, like Sheffield College, Barnsley College and so on. Some of these will also claim 'University' status as they may deliver so called 'access courses' up to 'level 4', this means that post 16 students may choose to top up their level 2 FE qualification to a level 4 qualification that is equal to completing the first year at a University. This often results in a more gradual entry into pre-agreed programmes with Universities. This is popular for example with nursing degrees - many applicants to the BSc nursing do so after completing an access course to 'level 3' upon completion of which they are eligible to apply for 'proper' university. Hope that helps understand it a bit better!
  3. Income disparity growth has been largest in nations outside of the EU, why, because the EU is based on the social principles that a lot of its states are founded on. The outlier in terms of market capitalism has always been the United Kingdom. We've gone over this before so it is a bit tiresome to have to keep repeating this.
  4. So folks, I just declared I am the rightful king of Yorkshire on Twitter. Anybody disagreeing is peddling fake news and doesn't understand the fraud that was committed to stop me becoming King. I will hold court at the Fountain Precinct every third Wednesday of the month. (as I will be out playing golf every other day). Make Yorkshire Great Again!
  5. Anna, you are looking at your past through rose tinted glasses. All data points towards a better standard of life for people of low income. If you were on a council estate in the fifties you were lucky that you didn't live in one of the back-to-back slums like at Park Hill or Tinsley where people still had to use outhouses and crime and alcoholism was rife. Never mind domestic abuse (which wasn't reported as the police didn't bother) and high levels of child mortality. Unemployment was low because so many had lost their lives and because building up the country required a lot of workers, but come the eighties and things really turned into a mess in the UK, over 10% unemployment nationally and far higher in specific areas. There is a reason that drugs became equivalent to 'escape reality' in the eighties with the advent of the rave scene. Never mind the punk scene from a decade before.
  6. Correct, the last remaining red bastions are not going to get national investment in regional traffic issues. Especially now Andy Burnham is stepping up to be the 'King of the North' in his resistance to 10 Downing Street.
  7. Even if you can't get a mortgage, you can rent there for under £400, still a lot less than most places in Sheffield. Also, 14k is half the median income for salaried folks in Sheffield. I have to take affront to the idea that crime, drugs, poor schools and mental health issues didn't exist in the seventies/eighties though. In fact, I'd say that is typical of this day and age: Because we talk about it more using 't interweb, we see it more. But I sure as hell had to run for my life when the local drug dealer didn't like I walked in on his deal in the 80s and I've lived through and seen the poor schools, crime and mental health issues. The only way to escape that life, for me, was to work hard and gain qualifications so I could climb up the ladder. We can debate whether that ladder is right or not, but not whether it is possible to climb it, because it is, for everybody.
  8. Euhmmmm what is the last time you've visited (voluntarily or not) a prison in the UK? The reason he's back is because he loves the attention and can't stay away from stirring up the brown stuff. Best sentence for him? Ignore him.
  9. Agreed! Also (although it is difficult to meet currently for obvious reasons) the UK Men's Sheds https://menssheds.org.uk/find-a-shed/ is awesome, a few of my friends have really benefited from joining a shed in their area.
  10. The simple fact is: There are affordable properties (for sale) - they are just not necessarily where people 'want to live'. You can buy a two-up, two-down in Goldthorpe for around 50k (mortgage of around £200 a month... try and rent for that) and be in the city in under 40 minutes by train. So what is required is that local/regional governments work hard to make these 'undesirable areas' more interesting for people to live. Start investing in local amenities, transport links and employment opportunities, that is what will unlock the housing market, not just continuing to build in desirable areas for inflated prices. Just to pre-empt the question: Yes, I would live in Goldthorpe or other 'downtrodden' places if my budget asked that of me. If I made 14k a year? I'd rather start on the property ladder in a 50k property than throw £500 (that I can't miss!) at a rental property.
  11. Re. the temperature monitoring - this is one way in which China (and other SE Asian countries) has managed to catch any flare-ups. It is a crude tool (walking into work, a classroom, a restaurant - literally everywhere - you get your temperature taken) but it seems to work. Here is the kicker though: People that have a raised temperature get tested, almost immediately, and get a result within 24 hours. They stay at home during that time. If the test is negative they probably have another reason for a raised temperature and they will get a call from a medical professional (usually a GP nurse) to discuss other symptoms so they can work out where the temperature comes from, get prescribed medicine and when better can go back into the 'system'. We don't have the ability to test that much or that quickly, we don't have a competent system to complete the track and trace aspect, never mind the follow up call for those with a raised temperature. We don't have the ability to mass test an entire city of 9 million people in under 2 days. Much of that is down to political incompetence. The £12 billion for the app was quite literally spaffed up a wall where all the henchmen stood ready to benefit, linked by the Jockey Club and other elitist institutions that monopolise power in this country to the incompetent.
  12. Because that is how this government operates. Tell your cronies first so they can find opportunities to make money, then tell allied press so they stay on your side and only then tell the public you are meant to be serving. A full new lockdown is a complete nonsense, anybody who looks up the figures for the tier 3 cities sees that those measures work, just roll that out across the country and at least have the SMEs and self-employed that make up a huge proportion of the UK economy have half a chance of surviving this pandemic.
  13. European students are far more likely to speak English sufficiently than English students are to speak any single foreign language at all. Whenever I meet a Brit that can actually speak German, French or Dutch it is usually because one of their parents speaks that language natively. British students in the Netherlands doubled year on year since the Dutch Universities started an English first policy for a lot of their courses.
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