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Welsh students encouraged to apply for Oxbridge

The event at the Liberty Stadium aims to remove university stereotypes Credit: PA

Welsh students will be encouraged to apply to Oxford and Cambridge University at an event at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, which hopes to tackle university stereotypes.

Current undergraduates from Cardiff, Haverfordwest and Swansea will be among the teams brought by both universities to the 2014 Wales and West Country Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference.

Approximately 1,000 local students and teachers are expected to attend.

"Around two per cent of our applications come from Wales," said Sheila Kiggins, Communications Officer at the University of Cambridge.

"We would obviously like this to be higher, and the Conference is one of the ways we are working to encourage more Welsh students to apply."

Thousands of Welsh teachers strike over workload, pay and pensions

Half of Wales' schools were either closed or partially closed today - as thousands of teachers went on strike.

Members of the National Union of Teachers here joined their colleagues in England to walk out - in a dispute with the Westminster Government over their workload, pay and pensions.

Tom Sheldrick reports.


Teachers' strike: how have families in Wales managed?

More: "We're not prepared to put up with this any more"

Today's industrial action by NUT members has meant a day of disruption for thousands of families across the country.

Many parents have had to take a day off work, while others have had to fork out cash for child minders.

Megan Boot reports.

NUT members rally outside the Senedd

Around 200 members of the National Union of Teachers in Wales are rallying outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

The union says teachers are left "demoralised and exhausted" by an excessive workload, increased bureaucracy and targets Credit: Tom Sheldrick/ITV News

Teachers' strike: How schools in Wales are affected

Teacher: 'We're not prepared to put up with this anymore'

Garhard Williams, a science teacher at Cyfarthfa High School in Merthyr Tydfil, is one of thousands of NUT members going on strike today.

He said "it's a big sacrifice to go on strike" - but "teachers are not prepared to put up with this anymore."

Find out how your school is affected by the teachers' strike


UK Govt: 'Strike disrupts lives and stops learning'

The UK Government says the teachers' strike today will "disrupt parents' lives" and "hold back children's education."

The Department for Education says it has been in talks with the National Union of Teachers over areas of dispute, which include teachers' workload, and the introduction of performance-related-pay in September 2013.

Parents will struggle to understand why the NUT is pressing ahead with strikes over the Government's measures to let heads pay good teachers more.

They called for talks to avoid industrial action, we agreed to their request, and talks have been taking place weekly.

Despite this constructive engagement with their concerns, the NUT is taking action that will disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession.

– UK Government Department for Education spokesperson

NUT members strike over workload, pay and pensions

David Evans, secretary of NUT Cymru, described the reasons behind today's strike by many of its members.

The union says teachers are left "demoralised and exhausted" by an excessive workload, increased bureaucracy and targets.

It is also in dispute with the UK government over what it describes as a "raid" of pensions, and the introduction of a system of performance-related-pay last September, which it says is unfair as teachers are judged on the performance of pupils.

Disruption to schools as teachers go on strike

Hundreds of Wales' primary and secondary schools are due to be closed, or partially closed, today, as thousands of teachers go on strike.

The industrial action has been called by the National Union of Teachers, in a long-running dispute with the UK government, over workload, pay and pensions changes.

Teachers will be on strike in Wales for the first time today since 2011. Credit: PA

Although education is devolved to the Welsh Government, teachers' pay and conditions are still set from Westminster - so many Welsh teachers will be joining their counterparts in England in a national strike today.

The NUT, which has nearly 17,000 members in Wales, says the decision to take strike action was "not taken lightly", and it has received strong support from teachers and members of the public.

Information from local councils shows around 300 schools are closed today, with at least another 450 partially closed.

Many secondary schools are open only for Year 11, 12 or 13 pupils, with upcoming exams.

Click here to find out how your local school is affected by the teachers' strike

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