How times change at Durham University | Letters | Education

Your article (Students from northern England facing ‘toxic attitude’ at Durham University, 19 October) highlights behaviours that are unacceptable and entirely at odds with our values as a university. I met Lauren White shortly after receiving her report and we will be taking appropriate action.

Durham University believes everyone has the right to study and work in a respectful environment. The vast majority of our community has a positive experience. We do, however, realise we need to do better.

The recent report by our Durham commission on respect, values and behaviour has established what it is like to work and study here, and identifies how we can create positive change. The recommendations of the report are being reviewed and implemented.

We have a number of programmes to encourage students from the north-east of England to apply to Durham or other universities, including our Durham Inspired north-east scholarships and our Levelling

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New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Extraordinary Women to Van Gogh’s Letters

VINCENT VAN GOGH: A Life in Letters, edited by Nienke Bakker, Leo Jansen and Hans Luijten. (Thames & Hudson, $39.95.) Three curators at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam compile the artist’s correspondence to shed light on his creative process and personal life.

THE ART OF NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions, by Piers Bizony. (Motorbooks, $50.) Blending a history of space exploration with a survey of illustration technology over six decades, these 200 large-format images from NASA detail such landmarks as the Space Shuttle, the I.S.S. and the mission to Mars.

THE PEOPLE: Nimiipuu, Nez Perce Tribe, by Hunter Barnes. (Reel Art, $39.95.) Barnes, a photographer, was welcomed into the close-knit Lapwai Idaho reservation from 2004 to 2008 to document its ways. These black-and-white portraits and other images capture lives at the intersection of tradition and modernity.


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Private education’s role in Durham University disgrace | Letters | Education

As one of those concerned about the social and psychological damage caused by class privilege in British society, I am grateful to the Durham University student Lauren White for exposing the abuse she and others have received from some of their fellow students (Students from northern England facing ‘toxic attitude’ at Durham University, 19 October). However, your report does not identify the factor that most, if not all, the abusers will have had in common: their private education.

For those with experience of universities with similar social compositions to Durham, these students’ experiences will be all too familiar. With the products of private schools constituting well in excess of 30% of students at universities such as Oxford, Bristol, Exeter, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Cambridge, as well as Durham – even though they represent only 7% of the relevant age cohort – the arrogant “culture of condescension” that is a by-product

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Addressing education inequity requires aligning state aid to community need (Letters)

It was unfortunate to see inaccuracies in a recent article quoting Amherst town budget chief Sean Mangano about our research on equity in state education aid, “School funding report draws town’s criticism,” Oct. 8, page A10. As a regional chamber of commerce and a statewide education advocacy organization, we believe that growing inequality and economic uncertainty necessitates a statewide approach steeped in equity.

Our report shows that 14% of state Chapter 70 aid for schools (almost $800 million a year) is not based on community need. This aid goes predominantly to wealthier communities at the expense of students in less wealthy districts where the state has not fully met its responsibility to fill funding gaps. The Amherst and Amherst-Pelham school districts receive 1 percent or about $7.8 million of that total.

The recommendations in our report redirect $25 million of statewide non-needs-based aid toward communities that need it the most.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds women to get checked; Support Education Matters team | Letters

Mammograms save lives

Once again it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, like the great comic Lily Tomlin, I’m looking for intelligent life on the planet … or, more specifically, some meaning for my own personal experience with the disease.

It really gives me a warm fuzzy feeling when a woman tells me she got a mammogram because I brought the matter to her attention (sometimes I just bug the hell out of someone until she makes that doctor’s appointment) and once someone told to me that I saved her life. Terrific! That’s as good as it gets.

To all my sister survivors, I urge you to try to get at least one woman, who has not been attentive, to get a mammogram. Of course, I would suggest skipping the scare tactics … just not a good way to achieve your objective. And if you can muster enough physical and emotional

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An ambitious overhaul of education is needed | Letters | Education

There is much to be welcomed in the One Nation Conservative MPs’ report (Tory MPs back ditching GCSE exams in English school system overhaul, 8 October), especially the proposal to postpone formal school entry to age six.

But if, as the group wishes, more children are to be “school-ready” by that age, a more ambitious and radical overhaul of the education system in England will be needed. In particular, we would do well to learn from the many other countries where kindergarten for three- to six-year-olds is recognised as a discrete developmental stage, with professionals working in it who have specialist training and a clear career structure. Best practice in those countries concentrates on developing young children’s spoken language, socialisation and fine motor skills – all crucial for educational success and difficult to achieve sitting at desks.

A rational structure for the rest of schooling would be a primary phase

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Home > Career Pathways > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

USC Dornsife Career Pathways is committed to students’ career exploration, development, and personal health and well-being.  USC Dornsife Career Pathways will continue to serve its students and provide career services and resources amid the larger University efforts to address COVID-19.  To do so, we are moving our operation and services to a full on-line and remote model until further notice from USC Dornsife and University leadership.

The delivery of our services will continue as follows:

  • Career Advisement – You can continue to schedule appointments with career advisors at this link or through our website.  Appointments will be conducted by phone.  However, Advisors will follow-up with students prior to scheduled appointment to provide video conference option.
  • Work it Series – All previously scheduled Work it Series Seminars will take place on-line.  You can register here to receive webinar access links.
  • Employer Oppor2nity – Employer/Organization visits will transition to virtual
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