Category Archives: Employability

Universities are the (spluttering) engines of social progress.

  Universities change the world, right? Well, sort of, but maybe not as much as they could or should…   Researching for the Greater Good Through their research, academics learn new things about the world, and this drives scientific and … Continue reading

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Is this the beginning of the end for tuition fees (as we know them)?

  The Higher Education Bill – currently passing through the hoops of parliamentary deliberation and approval – involves, for the first time, generating systematic data on graduates’ tax returns. The government sees this as leading one way, but I’m imagining … Continue reading

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Who gets hurt the most by BrHExit – Brexit and Higher Education?

The UK’s uneasy divorce from the European Union rumbles on, complex, messy, partisan and accusatory, and from different perspectives unwilling or overdue. What are the implications of Brexit for higher education (HE) or, as it’s been termed. ‘BrHExit’? The headlines … Continue reading

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Confessions of a new lecturer, Volume 2: Reflecting on the first year.

I’ve been a lecturer for just under a year now, and it’s been mostly fun and interesting, and sometimes challenging. As I wrote last time, a few things early on surprised me, such as how intellectually dependent first year students … Continue reading

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A luke warm date with the White Paper – condensing 83 pages into 2

The much-anticipated Higher Education White Paper was released on Monday, sending the Twittersphere and other social media outlets into overload. It had been preceded by a Green (consultation) Paper in November last year, but the White Paper sets out what … Continue reading

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Are universities ‘dumbing down’?

One of the things that has happened over the past 15 years or so is that the number of people going to university has risen very quickly. This is not just in the UK, but worldwide. As I’ve written elsewhere, this … Continue reading

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Isn’t asking for alumni donations, well, just weird?

A few months ago I had a phone call from a young medical student at the Oxbridge college I was affiliated to when I did my Master’s degree. We started having a nice chat, she asked me what I was up … Continue reading

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What takes the joy out of academic networking?

Conferences and seminars are part and parcel of the way that universities work. We get to present and discuss our work with (primarily academic) audiences from all over the country/world. This means that we can improve our own stuff and … Continue reading

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Crossing the bridge from precarious to permanent – all it takes is a click.

I’ve got a permanent job. As of September this year, I’ll be a Lecturer in Education Studies. Da-dah! So, it can be done: I had my viva last August and minor corrections signed off about a fortnight later. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Is UK higher education ‘familyist’?

There’s been a lull in bloguctivity of late; normal service was interrupted by the arrival of little Sanako… The birth of our second child has brought a few questions to the fore that have been part of a set of ongoing discussions I’ve been … Continue reading

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