Author Archives: ddubdrahcir

About ddubdrahcir

A Higher Educationalist...

A ‘real’ example of Grade Inflation

  As with every year, it seems, the newspapers are filled with stories about ‘grade inflation’ at universities. The accusation is that we’re are wantonly generous in our grading, in part because the percentage of students who get an upper … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching in HE | Leave a comment

How to (better) solve inequalities in university access.

No surprises… A recent study has ranked universities based on how well their student bodies represent the UK population as a whole. The results essentially turn other university league tables on their heads, as they tend to be weighted towards … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Uni, Employability, Rankings | Leave a comment

Neo – The University Data Manager

As every day, Neo opened his eyes at 06:29, just before his alarm went off. Getting out of bed, he went downstairs, boiled the kettle to make tea, and prepared his porridge. 30g of oats, 75ml of milk (semi-skimmed), 15ml … Continue reading

Posted in Rankings | Leave a comment

Why I’m (thankfully) not on strike

You may have noticed that staff at about 60 universities in the UK are on strike. I’m not. Why are they striking? And why aren’t I? Pensions There have been rumblings over the past year or so that one of … Continue reading

Posted in Early Career Academia, Rankings, Tuition Fees | Leave a comment

The Golden Age of The University

The Professor paused to conjure up an obscure metaphor for the letter he was writing to the local paper about the proposed Gypsy Traveller camp on the (opposite, thankfully) edge of his Berkshire village. Leaning back, he laid his Mont … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Uni, Early Career Academia, Employability, Globalisation, PhDs/Doctorates, Rankings, Student Loans, Tuition Fees | 1 Comment

Are Universities Guilty as Charged?

2017 was an annus horribilis for universities. They’ve come in for a lot of flak and this has the sector feeling under fire. I’m all for picking holes in the way that higher education works – it’s my job to … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Uni, Employability, Globalisation, International Students, Rankings, Student Loans, Tuition Fees | 1 Comment

Free Speech threatened in Higher Education?

Sensitive Snowflakes? There were strident calls from politicians towards the end of the 2017 for universities to maintain free speech, which of course implies that they haven’t been. The ‘problem’, so it goes, is that certain (political) perspectives are being … Continue reading

Posted in Student Loans, Tuition Fees | 1 Comment

Universities are Sexist, Snobbish, and Racist

Perhaps the most ‘positive’ development in 2017, through discussions triggered by the Harvey Weinstein and extended revelations, was the explosion of awareness of the ways in which sexual discrimination and harassment are built into our current society. It’s a sad … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Two-year degrees – a no-brainer?

Lazy academics… Yet another storm in the higher education teacup towards the end of the 2017 was the accusation that universities and academics were shying away from offering two-year undergrad degrees. Instead of laying on the traditional six semesters in … Continue reading

Posted in Employability, Rankings, Tuition Fees | 1 Comment

Do Academics get a three-month summer break?

Over the summer, an ex-government minister dropped a bomb into mainstream and social media by stating academics of having a three-month holiday over the summer. This is bunkum, and he has been ridiculed across social media for it. Teaching finishes … Continue reading

Posted in Employability | 2 Comments