IFS says student debt rising beyond £50,000

Students in England are going to graduate with average debts of £50,800, after interest rates are raised on student loans to 6.1%, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.   Those from the poorest backgrounds, with more loans available to support them, will graduate with debts of over £57,000 says …

Petroc wins awards for ‘excellent’ teaching

Higher Education staff at Petroc in Barnstaple have been recognised for the ‘excellent’ outcomes of students. Petroc has received a silver award for Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) after students achieved ‘excellent’ outcomes. The award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) saw a panel reviewing the college against …

Firm salutes academy’s young entrepreneurs

TDK Corporation has announced its support of Ilfracombe Academy’s Young Enterprise team, Having already attended two trade fairs, the school’s Wood On Waves team presented its Better Our Beaches vintage bodyboards at the regional Young Enterprise Final at the Met Office in Exeter, The competition involved teams running their own …

Manufacturing Success at the 20th Annual NDMA Awards

Nearly 200 attendees from North Devon’s rich and varied manufacturing industry, along with many supporting services assembled at the Barnstaple Hotel on the evening of Thursday 18th May. Chairman Phil Scotcher welcomed and started proceedings for the 20th  NDMA Annual Awards Ceremony. After a beautifully served meal of roast Devon …

It’s National Apprenticeship Week

The 10th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2017) will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career. National Apprenticeship Service The National Apprenticeship …

STEM Insight Programme – Teacher Work Placements

The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial or university settings. More information regarding the scheme is here https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-insight, which also includes a map which shows there are no placement opportunities at all in our region, apart from Exeter and Plymouth …