13 avril 2014

The personal cost of applying for research grants

The Guardian homeBy Academic research can be hugely stressful. Now comes evidence from Australia that the demands of applying for a research grant also carry an emotional toll. Read more...

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Why UK universities shouldn't be hostile to alternative economic models

The Guardian homeBy We at the Post-Crash Economics Society believe room must be made in economics teaching for non-mainstream theories. What follows may just seem to be a story about one course option at one university, but it has important ramifications, not only for an ongoing national debate about economics education, but for economic policy and politics itself. We, the Post-Crash Economics Society at the University of Manchester, believe that the contents of economics syllabuses and economics teaching methods should be rethought in the light of the financial crisis. We were recently informed that our economics department had rejected our proposal to teach a module, called Bubbles, Panics and Crashes: an Introduction to Alternative Theories of Crisis, next year. Read more...

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Postdoc diaries: to research or teach?

The Guardian homeBy Securing a job may require setting aside cherished plans. Mel and Dean reflect on some difficult decisions. Last month, I mentioned that the Williams Syndrome Foundation (WSF) has decided to fund my research and provide my maintenance. So this month, I have been focusing on finishing my PhD thesis. Read more...

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Have big university lectures gone out of fashion?

The Guardian homeBy No longer can students sit passively and imbibe information – today's 'blended learning' approach demands engagement and ideas. The best lecture I ever went to saw an inspirational academic – Professor David Ian Rabey; credit where credit's due – cracking an egg over his own head. A roomful of undergraduates watched, fascinated and aghast, as the yolky glop slid down his face and dripped on the floor. Read more...

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International students are turning to proofreading agencies to get support

The Guardian homeBy Proofreading agencies are filling an academic support gap in UK universities, raising concerns around policy and plagiarism. International students are paying for their work to be proofread, edited and, in some cases, written entirely, by professional writers and agencies, raising concerns around issues of support and plagiarism. Read more...

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University students will be repaying loans into their 50s, say researchers

The Guardian homeBy Government urged to rethink fees and loans system after study finds average student will graduate more than £44,000 in debt. The majority of undergraduates now at university will be paying off their student loans well into their 40s and 50s, with three-quarters of them unable to clear the debt before it is written off after 30 years, according to an analysis published on Thursday. Read more...

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UK students taking languages degrees at record low

The Guardian homeBy Number of undergraduates on full-time modern foreign language courses at lowest point in a decade, new report concludes. The number of students taking a language degree is at the lowest level in a decade. A report released today from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) found the number of students being accepted onto full-time modern foreign language (MFL) courses dropped by nearly a quarter (22%) between the academic years 2010-11 and 2012-13. Ucas data in the report shows the fall in applications to MFL courses in 2013-14 were reflected in the acceptances, which are now at their lowest point in the last 10 years. Acceptances to non-European languages fell by 14% compared to the previous academic year (2012-13) and by 6% for European languages. Read more...

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Number of students studying Stem courses in UK at record high

The Guardian homeBy New figures show a 12% increase in those studying computer science – the highest total in a decade. More students than ever have been accepted on to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) courses, according to new figures published by the Higher Education Funding Council (Hefce). Read more...

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Students to repay loans into our 50s? I'm so used to debt I almost don't care

The Guardian homeBy A generation is saddled with the idea that adult life starts in debt, giving rise to an apathy about the politics that make it so. The news this morning that students currently at university will be repaying their government loans well into their 40s and 50s comes as no surprise. Just like when my 19-year-old sister told me that for her and her classmates "debt is just part of our lives" it made me feel a dull sense of wrongness – but nothing close to outrage. Read more...

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Can engaging with the public help your career in academia?

The Guardian homeBy Steve JoyBeing able to explain your research to a non-specialist audience is a valuable skill, but it's unlikely to make you famous. At a recent talk to early career academics, I was arguing for the importance of engaging non-academic audiences in your research, when one disgruntled participant shot back that I was encouraging them to become celebrities. Read more...

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