Our new Autumn 2019 edition of the SIPS Newsletter is out now! Access the online version via the link below. This issue includes a preview of November's Festival of Social Science, an editorial from Professor Peter Wells considering the possible future for policy development in the UK, a blog from Professor Paul Hickman linked to … Continue reading Hot of the Press: Autumn 2019 Newsletter
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in secondary schools and Relationships Education (RE) in primary schools will become compulsory from September 2020 in England. UK Government guidance for schools was issued in February 2019 and much welcomed by academics, teachers, regulatory bodies (e.g OFSTED) and young people who had criticised current provision, delivery and content of … Continue reading Are Sheffield Teachers Prepared for New Sex Education Guidelines?
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BY NICK HILLMAN, DIRECTOR OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY INSTITUTE (HEPI) Will increased demand for sub-degree level qualifications at Levels 4 and 5 as envisaged by the Augar Review actually materialise? Many influential people rushed to condemn the Augar report, in some instances seemingly before they had even read it. At the Higher Education Policy … Continue reading Responding to Augar: Debating Sub-Degree Level Qualifications
Professor Colin McCaig, Centre for Development and Research in Education, Sheffield Institute of Education We now know what Augar recommended: reduced fees for students; a longer repayment period (which doesn't reduce repayment); no accumulation of interest during study period; restored means-tested maintenance grants; access to similar support for those studying at sub-degree levels. These are … Continue reading Augar and the Impact on the English Higher Education Market
BY RUTH SQUIRE, PHD CANDIDATE (SHEFFIELD INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION) On 10th April I joined ten other doctoral students in presenting a poster at the SIPS Doctoral Student Poster Competition. Now in its third year, the competition and associated event present an opportunity for PhD students across the University to showcase their research and receive feedback … Continue reading SIPS Doctoral Poster Competition: A Student’s Perspective
Bob Jeffery and Peter Thomas The proportion of workers employed in a workplace where a recognised trade union has collective agreements (over matters such as pay and working conditions) in the UK is just 26%, a historic low. In the public sector a majority of workers still find themselves in this position whereas in the … Continue reading Class, Collective Bargaining and Labour Rights
By Charles Umney, Associate Professor of Work & Employment Relations at the University of Leeds. What is the role of class in British society and politics? One famous relic of noughties centrism, and a founding member of the trumpeted Independent Group, weighs in on the subject- “We know that the left-right fulcrum around which our … Continue reading The Role of Class in British Society & Politics
Special Issue Editors Co-Editors: Chris Devany: Chris.Devany@shu.ac.uk Adam Formby: A.Formby@yorksj.ac.uk Jennifer Hoolachan: HoolachanJ@cardiff.ac.uk Aims and Scope The youth phase has been described as a “privileged vantage point from which to observe processes of social change and continuity”. Over the last ten years since the financial crisis many aspects of young people’s lives have been reshaped, including (but … Continue reading Call for Papers: Special Issue of People, Place and Policy on Contemporary Youth: Precarity, Resistance and (Re)imagined Futures
By Jill Dickinson and Dr James Marson. Greenspace is widely acknowledged for providing a range of environmental, social and economic benefits, whether such greenspace comprises traditional Victorian parks, overgrown waste grounds, pocket parks or roadside nature reserves. The benefits provided by any type of greenspace are well established, and have been most recently articulated by … Continue reading Greenspace Governance: Statutory Solutions from Scotland?