Category Archives: Employability

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

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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

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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

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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

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How sexist are universities?

At first glance, you might think that universities, as spaces for promoting critical thinking and (often) social justice, are more immune from sexism than, say, the film industry. You might expect them to less homophobic than professional football, and less … Continue reading

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New Academic Year’s Resolutions: 2017-18 is the year of more ruth!

  I love autumn. In one way it’s a sad sign of nature slowing the whole show down, but it’s the season with the best light, the most interesting colours, and is also the start of the new academic year. … Continue reading

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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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