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Proposed Open University strike suspended

A threatened strike by staff at the Open University in a long-running dispute over jobs has been suspended.

The University and College Union (UCU) had warned of walkouts tomorrow in a row over 500 staff affected by office closures, but called off the action after talks.

UCU Open University branch president Pauline Collins said: "We feel that significant progress has been made in the negotiations.

"As an act of good faith we have cancelled tomorrow's strike action to build on what has been achieved so far.

"We hope we can continue to work with the university to address members' concerns about job security and working conditions. Any final deal will be put to members for their consideration."

The closure of centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Gateshead, Leeds, London and Oxford sparked a strike last year.<

Project launched to get more teens to go to University

Scheme to encourage more students to go University Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new scheme's being launched today to get more of Norfolk's teenagers to go to university.

The one year pilot is backed by all 34 of the county's sixth forms and colleges.

This morning more than two hundred 16 and 17-year-olds will attend a networking event to encourage them to go on to further education.

Local celebrities Stephen Fry and Jake Humphries have lent their support.

"As someone who got to university the hard way - partly through the faith and support of a Norfolk FE College, I know what it takes to do well and succeed. I welcome this focussed systematic attempt by headteachers, principals and the County Council to minimise for all the barriers to achieving places at university, particularly on competitive courses."

– Stephen Fry

The new Higher Education Scheme aims to boost overall participation at universities, as well as recruiting more Norfolk young people to the top "high-demand" universities and courses nationally.

All of the county's sixth forms and college providers are committed to the project, which will see nominated staff work with targeted students, linking them with colleges and universities that support their strengths and interests.

1001 critical days: Giving children the best start in life

The first 1001 days from conception to the age of two are critical to a child's development. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire has become the first county to sign up to a new initiative aimed at giving children the best possible start in life.

It's called the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto which says the first two years from conception are critical for a child's development.

The project will link up midwives, health visitors, doctors and children's centres in Northamptonshire along with parents.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley


Norfolk student meets the Queen and is given an award

A Norfolk student has received an award at Sandringham House from none other than the Queen.

Hannah Hodges, who's 19 was joined by her parents and younger sister Niamh to get the award for outstanding academic achievement.

It's the 151 year that a monarch has awarded a gold medal to a student from King Edward VII Academy in King's Lynn.

Click below to watch a report by ITV news Anglia's Tanya Mercer.

Police team up with College to recruit more Special Constables

Cambridge Regional College and Cambridgeshire police Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Cambridgeshire police is working with Cambridge Regional College to increase its numbers of Special Constables.

The college has joined the Employer Supported Policing initiative to inspire people to become special constables.

The partnership will mean active support from college staff who become specials, including five days a year paid leave for duties and training.

"The College's fantastic Police Academy already demonstrates really positive work between the college and the Constabulary and this initiative takes us on to another level. We are delighted that CRC has become one of the first colleges in the country, and the first in the county, to support the Special Constabulary in such a positive way."

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins

"The students are benefitting hugely from working with the police through our Police Academy and many of them will be applying for the Special Constabulary."

– CRC Principal Anne Constantine
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