23 février 2014

Humanities could be replaced by '7 Habits' self-help

Times Higher EducationBy Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed. Lectures on “putting first things first” and “beginning with the end in mind” could soon replace those on world civilisations and logic for some students enrolled in San Antonio area community colleges.
Bruce Leslie, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges, is hoping that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will approve his bid for a course heavily influenced by the popular self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to become part of the core curriculum, in place of a humanities course. But faculty and administrators at one of Alamo’s five colleges are opposing the proposal, raising both curricular and procedural concerns. Read more...

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OFT warns universities over student debt rules

Times Higher EducationBy . The Office of Fair Trading has told universities to review rules that stop students from graduating if they have non-tuition fee debts.
The OFT analysed the terms and conditions of 115 UK institutions, and found that approximately 75 per cent include provision to prevent students from graduating or enrolling onto the next year of their course if they owe debts for services such as university accommodation, childcare, or because they have failed to return library books on time. Read more...

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Snowden wins Glasgow rector vote

Times Higher EducationBy . The whistleblower Edward Snowden has been elected rector of the University of Glasgow.
Mr Snowden, who is currently in Russia, is a former US National Security Agency contractor who fled the US after releasing classified documents detailing American and allied spying programmes to the media.
The rector’s main role at Glasgow is to represent the university’s students. Mr Snowden will take over from the previous rector, Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats. Read more...

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'Speed dating' helps conference academics mix

Times Higher EducationBy . Cambridge scientists have come up with a new way of facilitating collaborations between academics at conferences – by treating them like genes.
Developed by Rafael Carazo Salas of Cambridge University’s Department of Genetics and two Italian colleagues, the system relies on algorithms to match conference-goers according to pre-set criteria. Read more...

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Hepi wants change to "messy status quo" on private providers

Times Higher EducationBy . The new Higher Education Policy Institute director has called for reform of regulatory differences between universities and private providers.
Nick Hillman, former special adviser to David Willetts, likened the status quo – left by the coalition government’s failure to introduce a higher education bill – to an “unkempt meadow”.
Writing in his first pamphlet as Hepi director, Mr Hillman picks out eight “pinch points” in the current regulatory system where different rules apply to different providers. Read more...

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British Academy looks for solutions on ageing society

Times Higher EducationBy . The British Academy is launching a major series of free public debates examining the crucial issues of our time.
The first three look at the implications of Britain’s ageing population and will take place in London, Sheffield and Edinburgh, chaired by journalist Evan Davis, classicist Mary Beard and actor Simon Callow.
All will give academics a chance to flag up the vital role research can play in helping us understand and address the challenges, though speakers will also include people such as television presenter Sally Magnusson, author of Where Memories Go: How Dementia Changes Everything, Bronwen Maddox, editor of Prospect magazine, and Ilona Haslewood of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Ageing Society team. Read more...

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Best and worst of sector's websites revealed

Times Higher EducationBy . The best and worst performing higher education institution websites in the UK have been ranked.
According to the quarterly Sitemorse ranking, which is based on more than 238 million checks assessing everything from websites’ functionality and response time to their coding quality, Warwick College, Bishop Grosseteste University and Scotland’s Rural College currently boast the three best sites in the country.
At the other end of the scale, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was declared the worst, with the University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University both finishing in the bottom 10. Read more...

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2 in 5 graduates jobless six months after finishing studies

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy . Research reveals high levels of unemployment among university leavers that leaves them wondering if they should have studied a more vocational subject.  Two out of five graduates are still looking for work six months after completing their studies, and one in four are still job hunting a year after graduation - leaving many of them asking whether they made the right choice by pursuing academic studies instead of an apprenticeship. A survey of 676 graduates by jobs website totaljobs.com found that a third were applying for more than 20 vacancies every month, and almost half (44pc) said they regretted not having studied a more vocational subject. Read more...

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Graduate jobs: resilience is key to success

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Josie Gurney-Read. The prospect of unemployment is a worry for many undergraduates, but you mustn't allow it to undermine your confidence, says Josie Gurney-Read. Another week, another study highlighting graduate prospects; unfortunately, yet again, it makes worrying reading. If you’re a current student, approaching your final weeks of taught lectures, you could be forgiven for questioning the point of your degree, and even for questioning your decision to attend university at all. Yesterday it was reported that two out of five graduates are still looking for work six months after completing their studies, while one in four are still job hunting a whole year after graduating. Read more...

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Student graduations 'under threat'

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Sally Hunt. As the UCU announce a future marking boycott at universities, general secretary Sally Hunt says it isn't a decision that has been taken lightly. Students’ assessments and graduations are under threat. Yesterday, the University and College Union (UCU) announced that we will begin a marking boycott from 28 April if an increasingly bitter pay row between us and universities is not resolved before then. Read more...

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