02 mars 2014

Why are we launching a new hub for postgraduate students?

The Guardian homeBy . Today we launch a new space filled with advice and support for postgraduate students. What's the point?
Today we publish the Guardian's postgraduate tables and along with it we're launching a new postgrad hub, which we'll regularly update with advice and support for students studying at postgraduate level.Getting funding for further study has become increasingly difficult over the past decade, reflected in the steady decline in students studying for a postgraduate degree. Read more...

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Why it still makes sense to build an overseas campus

The Guardian homeBy Christine Ennew. Overseas campuses provide new opportunities for staff and students. But they cannot just be teaching outposts – their offering has to be as strong as it is back home. Students have always travelled in search of the best study opportunities and researchers have always collaborated across borders. But until fairly recently, higher education institutions have been stubbornly national – whether limited by the demands of domestic regulation or by protectionist approaches in potential destinations. Read more...

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Nick Clegg: raising tuition fees has not put off working-class students

The Guardian homeBy . Lib Dem leader says decision to increase tuition fees never led to anticipated collapse in working-class applications to university. Nick Clegg has tried to remove the Lib Dem's biggest political difficulty, arguing it has proved to be a myth to suggest the coalition's increase in university tuition fees would lead to a collapse in working-class applications to university.. Read more...

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Employment: a fifth of UK jobs 'need only primary education'

The Guardian homeBy . Study found that 22% of UK jobs demanded only primary education, against less than 5% in Germany and Sweden. The UK has a higher proportion of low-skilled jobs than any country in the OECD except Spain, with more than one in five roles requiring no more than primary education, it has been claimed. Read more...

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University education: at £9,000 per year, parents begin to question its value

The Guardian homeBy and . Guardian/YouGov poll shows more than half think higher education is too expensive but majority say it is best for careers. Parents are struggling to reconcile conflicting views about the value of higher education for their children: more than half believe that fees of up to £9,000 a year represent poor value for money, yet a majority still regard a traditional university education as the best route to a chosen career, according to a YouGov poll. Read more...

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Schools and universities increasingly subjected to violence, study finds

The Guardian homeBy . Survey of conflicts in 70 countries between 2009-13 reveals 9,600 schools were damaged or destroyed by attacks.
Schools and universities have been subjected to increasing violence in recent years, an international study has found. The survey of conflicts in 70 countries between 2009-13 – published on Thursday by the US-based Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) – reveals that violent assaults on educational establishments are far more widespread than previously reported. Read more...

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[DON’T] SAVE THE TIME OF THE READER: a disconnect between librarians and teaching faculty?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/u-librarian-nameplate.gifBy Brian Mathews. From time to time I receive faculty feedback that surprises me. There is a contrasting view that occasionally emerges around the notion that learning should be hard: specifically that the process of identifying and locating information sources should be difficult. I’ve encountered this everywhere I’ve worked. We’ve even been called out for making things “too easy for students.” Our reference and instruction program exists for the purpose of helping people navigate resources and making it easier for them to do research. Our web tools, such as link-resolvers, subject guides, tutorials, and discovery-layers are intended to get people to the content they want as efficiently and seamlessly as possible. I mean, come on, “save the time of the reader” is baked into our DNA. Libraries exist to help make people’s lives easier/better. More...

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Seeing Small Times: a New Frontier in Social Science

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/worldwise-nameplate.gifBy Nigel Thrift. I recently visited the CERN research facility in Geneva, where a number of faculty members from the University of Warwick work. There, four great experiments spaced around the almost 17-mile ring of the Large Hadron Collider are being put to work on questions like what happened after the Big Bang. In such work it is normal to think not only in terms of large spans of time but also in picoseconds. Indeed, much of today’s science is conducted in the realm of the very small and sometimes vanishingly small times. But what is interesting is how this focus has transferred to the social realm. Read more...

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Academic Tribalism

By . When I was a younger scholar, a very famous cognitive psychologist came to my office to visit me during his colloquium trip to my university. I mentioned with pride that I had just written a new textbook in cognitive psychology. His quick response was, “Bob, you’re not a cognitive psychologist anymore.”
I was deeply hurt. I had been trained in cognitive psychology by some of the top scholars in the field and always had thought of myself as their protégé. True, I had strayed and done some research on love. What I did not realize was that this straying from the tried and true path would lead to my expulsion from my academic tribe. More...

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Home College: an Idea Whose Time Has Come (Again)

By . “Maybe you should home-college,” I joked to a highly educated Ph.D. friend—doctorate in medieval history, two master’s, several years of adjunct teaching experience in three fields. She was worried about how she would pay for her own offspring’s eventual college education on her tiny salary, if she did not soon land a full-time job, preferably on the tenure track. More...

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