Alan Turing: is a pardon the best way to excuse our crime against him?

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2013

The campaign to pardon Alan Turing, the father of computer science who was convicted for acts of homosexuality in 1952, troubles me. I take as a given the good intentions of those Lib Dems such as Lord (John) Sharkey and Manchester MP John Leech who have led the calls in parliament. But I am struck […]

My recommended reading for today July 24, 2013

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… The Real Blog: Why radicals should welcome a royal baby I don’t agree but as ever @DavidBoyle1958, a monarchist!, is worth reading: Why radicals should welcome a royal baby http://bit.ly/18ChqK7 Once again, (…)

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University application rates from disadvantaged areas: my ‘grounds for cautious optimism’ graph UPDATED

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2013

Six months ago I published a graph showing an important trend: the narrowing gap in university application rates between 18 year-olds from the most disadvantaged areas and the most advantaged areas. In the light of UCAS’s latest figures it’s time (…)

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The good news on university applications in 5 graphs

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2013

While the attention of the world’s media was focused on an 8lb 6oz bundle of Royal joy, there was perhaps even more significant good news about young people that didn’t garner quite so much coverage: demand for higher education from young people is at or near record levels for each country of the UK in […]