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Hourglass figures: growth in low-skill jobs makes workforce bottom-heavy

Financial Times, 20/01/2015, p.1 and 3, Sarah O’Connor

New research suggests that the British economy has shifted more to low-skilled jobs and less to high-skilled ones, when compared to other European countries. The findings by Oxford University show that for every 10 middle-skilled jobs which disappeared in the UK between 1996 and 2008, about 4.5 of the replacement jobs were high skilled and 5.5 low skilled. The paper’s author, Craig Holmes, said: ‘I don’t think the UK has a shortage of people that could potentially do higher-skilled jobs…but it’s not correlating with much extra increase in higher-skilled roles.’

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David Cameron admits nearly 500,000 foreigners have joined British workforce since 2010

The Daily Telegraph online, 20/01/2015, Christopher Hope

What the other papers say this morning

City AM, 20/01/2015, p. 2

Cameron renews election jobs promise of full employment

City AM, 20/01/2015, p. 14, Charlotte Henry


Parties warned over repercussions of hung parliament

The Guardian, 20/01/2015, p. 9, Patrick Wintour

Britain may pay a ‘potentially high price’ if it does not do more to minimise the controversy, indecisiveness and uncertainty that a hung parliament after the next election is likely to create, according to academic research examining rules contained in the government manual advising civil servants on how a caretaker government operates. Petra Schleiter, an associate professor of politics at St Hilda’s, Oxford, co-authored the paper for the journal Political Quarterly.

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Self doubt in snow boots: the reality of Davos for most CEOs

Financial Times, 20/01/2015, p.14, Andrew Hill

Chief executives are in a constant state of doubt, according to a study by the Saïd Business School and headhunting company Heidrick & Struggles. Released at the same time as this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, the study, based on 152 anonymous interviews with chief executives reveals their uncertainties around balancing local and global considerations and the demands of politicians, the public and pressure groups. The article’s author says: ‘The study advises executives to develop “ripple intelligence” and “harness their doubts”, acts I put in the same category as herding cats or stapling jelly.’

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Rising Inequality in the Global South: Time to Focus on the Solutions

Huffington Post UK, 19/01/2015, Nic Cheeseman and Winnie Byanyima

Professor Nic Cheeseman, Associate Professor in African Politics at Oxford University, co-authors an article with the Executive Director of Oxfam International on global inequality. The authors write: 'While many recognise the damaging impacts extreme inequality is having on economic growth, political accountability and social cohesion, the inequality debate has been dominated by Western policy-makers and academics. Oxfam and Oxford University are keen to examine the perspective of 'non-Western societies', which have seen the highest levels of economic growth in the past decade.' 

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TV: Global with Matthew Amroliwala, BBC World News
19/01/2015, 15:03

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Human Geography at Oxford University, is interviewed about new research from Oxfam which predicts that the wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world's population put together.


Davos arrives as world on verge of nervous breakdown

USA Today, 19/01/2015, Kim Hjelmgaard

Ian Goldin, director of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, comments on the main topics for discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.

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New teachers need better behaviour management training, says review

Times Educational Supplement, 19/01/2015, Helen Ward

Article on the Carter review of initial teacher training (ITT) includes comment from Professor John Howson, an honorary research fellow at the University of Oxford.

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Children quick on the draw to make hoarding a work of art

Oxford Mail, p.11, 20/11/2015, Peter Hughes

A competition was held to create art for Oxford University’s new Blavatnik School of Government in the tradition of Lewis Carroll and JRR Tolkien. More than 2,000 children from Oxfordshire primary schools entered a competition to have their works displayed on the Walton Street building. The contest was run by the Blavatnik School, Oxford University Press (OUP) and contractors Laing O’Rourke. Blavatnik School dean Ngaire Wood said: ‘We wanted to create an opportunity to inspire young children across Oxfordshire by imagining other worlds.’ The 12 winners of Window on Another World were unveiled on Friday. Elizabeth Dallosso, nine of St Michael’s Primary School, Marston was the overall competition winner with her felt-tip drawing of candy land. OUP’s head of children’s publishing Liz Cross said: ‘Creativity is at the heart of what we do at Oxford Children’s Books so we are delighted to have been involved in this competition, which showcases the inventive and imaginative talents of Oxfordshire’s children.’


Carter review says universities ‘key’ to teacher training

Times Higher Education online, 19/01/2015, John Elmes

The importance of universities’ role in teacher training has been stressed by a major government-commissioned review of the field. Despite facing mounting difficulties in recent years, which have seen massive reductions to universities’ teacher training places as government policy moved towards a school-led system, the Carter review of initial teacher training suggests higher education institutions are an integral part of the landscape. However, the review has also prompted criticism over a suggestion that the postgraduate certificate of education – one the main academic qualifications offered to students – should be ‘optional’ to qualifying as a teacher.

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