Today is D day for thousands of anxious students who will be getting their A Level results. Many will get the grades they need to head off to university, but there will be others who may not. If you’re one of them it’s vital to remember that whatever happens, it’s not the end of the world. While the “Clearing” system may be able to help you find a university place you also have other fantastic options. These include vocational training or the chance to learn and earn at the same time whether it’s via an apprenticeship or other qualifications. There are even opportunities which allow you to get a paid job and study for a degree at the same time. Luke's story This time last year Luke Barrow was one of those lining up to get his A Level results. The only difference was he already knew he had an apprenticeship to go to. “Right up until doing my A Levels I still wasn’t absolutely certain what I wanted to do,” says Luke, 20, who is now 11 … [Read more...] about ‘A degree is not the only option’: How to find an apprenticeship with training, a career – and no debts
LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Britain’s election on Thursday is widely referred to as the most important in a generation given the impact it will have on the country leaving the European Union and choosing between starkly opposed economic paths. As such, its outcome is expected to have both a strong short-term impact on trading floors but also a long lasting structural influence on UK financial asset classes, be it sterling, government bonds or stocks. Investors have so far been pricing in an outright majority for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. The assumption that such an outcome would end Brexit uncertainty and rule out Labour’s radical agenda has boosted the pound to a seven-month high against the U.S. dollar and lifted London’s mid-cap stocks to levels unseen for over a year during most of the campaign. A closely watched forecast released on Tuesday evening has however sent jitters across the markets, denting sterling and domestic stocks. … [Read more...] about SCENARIOS-UK’s winter election: What’s in it for markets?
A British-built spacecraft fitted with Star Trek-style 'impulse engines' is on its way to Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. BepiColombo was blasted into space from the European space port at Kourou, French Guiana, at about 2.45am UK time on Saturday. It was carried on top of an Ariane 5, the European Space Agency's (ESA's) most powerful rocket. In 2025 it will place two probes, one European the other Japanese, in orbit around Mercury, the least explored world in the solar system. Four Star Trek-style 'impulse engines', two firing at a time, will emit beams of electrically charged, or 'ionised', xenon gas to propel the spacecraft throughout its mission. The ion thrusters will be operating for 4.5 years during the seven-year trip to Earth's closest planet. Scroll down for video BepiColombo was blasted into space from the European space port at Kourou, French Guiana, at about 2.45am UK time on Saturday. In 2025 it will place two probes, one European the … [Read more...] about British-built space probe BepiColombo embarks on seven-year voyage to Mercury and is powered by unique Star-Trek-style impulse engines that emit charged xenon gas
A British-built spacecraft is set to begin an epic five billion mile journey to planet Mercury tomorrow. BepiColombo is due to be launched from the European space port at Kourou, French Guiana, at 02:45 UK time (21:45 ET) on Saturday October 20. The European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft will take seven years to reach the planet closest to the sun. The British-built spacecraft is set to begin an epic five billion mile journey to planet Mercury tomorrow. BepiColombo is due to be launched from the European space port at Kourou, French Guiana, at 02:45 UK time (21:45 ET) on Saturday October 20 WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT MERCURY? For all its bland 'dead' appearance, Mercury is a very interesting place It is the smallest planet in our solar system - only slightly larger than the Earth's moon. On its sunward half, the planet sizzles at a temperature of 510°C (950°CF while its night side maintains –210°C (–346°F). It is the closest planet to … [Read more...] about Final countdown for Mercury mission: British-built space probe BepiColombo is set to blast-off on its seven year journey to explore the planet nearest the sun
Christmas crackers may appear to be a small bit of fun before we tuck into Christmas dinner but we would all be lying if we said we weren't gutted when we lose out. There's no better feeling than crossing your arms to take hold of two crackers with the fierce competitors either side of you and winning them both before putting two Christmas hats proudly on your head like the Christmas royalty you are. We all have our own tricks of the trade but defence technology experts QinetiQ took time out to find the perfect technique to win the Christmas cracker pull every time. A lot of the success comes down to your set-up, and you should ensure you hold your end of the cracker lower than the other person's, so it is tilting downwards towards you. To prevent the cracker tearing, you should also use a firm, two-handed grip, as reported by the Telegraph . When it comes time for the action to begin, apply a slow, steady pull rather than a hard yank, which would compromise your section of the … [Read more...] about How to win the Christmas cracker pull every time – and what we all do wrong