06 avril 2014

Tuition fees rethink?

The Guardian homeBy . Will the government abandon its unsuccessful fees policy? Not likely. More...

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Integrated learning

The Guardian homeWe welcome your article (Funding for university teaching slashed, 27 March) which stresses the importance of teaching in higher education. The funding issues raised are extremely serious, but there is also an urgent need for a change in culture. At present there is a disparity between how universities value teaching compared with research, with teaching achievements contributing less to academic career development. Good research-informed teaching inspires students and changes lives; it also drives the UK's research base, leading to a virtuous circle between education and research that generates new knowledge and brings health, societal and economic benefits. More...

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Are grades at postgraduate level irrelevant?

The Guardian homeBy . The pressure is on for good grades in undergraduate degrees, but is it the same story for postgraduates? At undergraduate level, a lot of emphasis is put on the grades required to carry on to the next level, whether that be a job, a further course or a graduate programme. More...

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Students are made to believe that 'university is all about them'

The Guardian homeBy Joanna Williams. Student satisfaction does not say much about the quality of education, says Joanna Williams. Labour's manifesto needs to be more radical and push for intellectual challenge. It seems Ed Miliband is banking on a promised cut in university tuition fees to secure electoral success. Before we indulge in dewy-eyed nostalgia for the days before student loans, it's incumbent upon those who care about what happens in our universities to question the motives of the party that first introduced tuition fees, raised them to over £3000 per year, and commissioned the Browne Review that recommended the current £9000 annual fee. More...

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Almost a quarter of postgrad students at English universities are Chinese

The Guardian homeBy . Rising number of Chinese students masks fall in overall number of foreign students taking higher education courses in England. There are now almost as many Chinese students on full-time postgraduate courses at English universities as there are British students, according to figures published on Wednesday. More...

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Students: tweet your way to a job Social media could help you get a job – if you use it to your advantage

The Guardian homeBy . Social media could help you get a job – if you use it to your advantage. The thought of graduating and finding a job can be daunting. The idea that our student bubble is going to be popped with the sharp edges of a graduation cap is enough to make us want to hibernate. More...

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University press officers can help raise the profile of female academics

The Guardian homeBy Bryony Merritt. There's no shortage of female expertise in universities, yet men's voices still predominate in the media. Bryony Merritt looks at what university press officers can do to redress the balance. As a press officer, I believe communications teams have a role to play in supporting women to feel confident about interviews, and increasing their visibility both within the institution and more widely. More...

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Drop in foreign student numbers: are UK universities too complacent?

The Guardian homeBy Camille Kandiko Howson. Global competition for international students is growing – the UK needs to start treating them as people and learners, not numbers. For the first time in 29 years the number of international students enrolling in England's universities decreased. In 2013, there was a 50% drop in the number of postgraduate students coming from India and Pakistan, and close to a 25% drop in the number of students who enrolled from the EU compared with last year. More...

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Plenty of jobs are stressful, so why the special fuss about academia?

The Guardian homeBy Anonymous academic. I drink too much and haven't had a good night's sleep since last year when I began my PhD. Why? Research. Academic research is dangerous. I am not a nuclear physicist, nor an heir to Dr Frankenstein, so I shall have to explain further. More...

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Academic ghostwriting: to what extent is it haunting higher education?

The Guardian homeBy Julia Molinari. Students are paying agencies to write their essays. Julia Molinari asks whether it can ever be considered ethical – and what universities can do to detect and stop it. If you Google "academic proofreading," you will see a list of sites offering to "proof" your work. What they are also offering, however, is to write your assignments for you. How do I know this? There are two main reasons. More...

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