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Thousands of West Midlands students protest over fees

Thousands of students from across the region are heading to London today to protest against university tuition fees.

Undergraduates from the universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Coventry are planning to attend Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Undergraduates from the universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Coventry are planning to attend the demonstration by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

International students rate Nottingham university as 'outstanding'

International students have rated their experience as 'outstanding' at the University of Nottingham.

The university is one of five in the country to receive the rating. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

It's only one of five universities in the country to receive the higher rating.

We're delighted with this award and pleased that such a high proportion of students surveyed would recommend Nottingham. The International Office places great deal of effort into building relationships with our students."

– Harriet Matthews, Nottingham University

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Teachers from China visit Nottingham for maths exchange

Thirty maths teachers from China are visiting Hillside Primary School in Hucknall as part of a teachers exchange.

The visit aims to further raise standards in maths Credit: ITV News Central

The visit is part of a three week tour of schools across the country, where the teachers from Shanghai are sharing their world-class approach to maths teaching. Staff from the UK went to Shanghai in September.

The visiting teachers are the first group to come to England as part of an exchange Credit: ITV News Central

Mayor of London visiting Northampton University

The Mayor of London will be swapping the capital for Northamptonshire today.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson taking part in a boxing session earlier this week Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Boris Johnson is visiting Northampton University to see how undergraduates are learning about the town's shoe industry.

He is also going to Corby with Northampton North MP Michael Ellis to discuss transport issues.

Many Midlands parents struggling with schooling costs

New research says three quarters of parents in the West Midlands, and more than half in the East Midlands, struggle to keep up with the basic costs of their child's schooling.

Three-quarters of parents are struggling with the basic costs of schooling Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Children's Society says in total £504million is spent to meet the basic costs of children's schooling.

Individually, parents in the West Midlands spend £679 per child per year, and in the East Midlands £800 per child per year, on:

  • uniforms
  • sports kits
  • school meals
  • trips
  • books
  • stationary
  • computers for homework
  • travel to/from school
  • summer clubs/activities
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Largest training centre for Army cadets opens its doors

Cadets on display at the opening ceremony Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £7.2 million training centre for army cadets has been opened in Northamptonshire.

It replaces old First and Second World War buildings used to train cadets at Yardley Chase since the 1980s.

The new centre, partly paid for by the Ministry of Defence can accomodate nearly 200 army, air and sea cadets at any one time and is the largest training centre of its kind in the UK.

Army, air and sea cadets will use the centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

The army cadets were first formed nearly 160 years ago. The aim to challenge and educate young people and to find potential military recruits.

One of the cadets using the new facilities Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cadets are sponsored by the Army, although they aren't part of it. Some go on to have distinguished military careers.

"It's not what the movement's about but certainly 15% of regular personnel in the army have been cadets and for reserve forces it's slightly higher, it's 17% so there's a natural pull through but in the charter of the cadets is promoting an interest in uniformed service and mentoring those people who are showing an interest."

– Major General Robert Nitsch General Officer Commanding Support Command
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