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Morgan speaks out about arts and humanities jobs furore

The UK's secretary of state for education has told those criticising her for comments about the arts and humanities in a recent speech to "tone down the rhetoric".

In her speech at the start of the Your Life campaign on 10 November, Nicky Morgan had said: “If you wanted to do something different, or even if you didn’t know what you wanted to do, then the arts and humanities were what you chose. Because they were useful for all kinds of jobs. Of course now we know that couldn’t be further from the truth, and that the subjects that keep young people’s options open and unlock doors to all sorts of careers are the STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths.”

The comment drew criticism from a number of arts and humanities organisations including the British Academy but, delivering the annual Priestley lecture at the University of Birmingham on 27 November, Morgan suggested the anger was misplaced.

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