15 juin 2014

Will a degree made up of Moocs ever be worth the paper it's written on?

The Guardian homeBy . The University of the People can now hand out degrees to its online students – but will employers take them seriously?
Even if the heady attention of one-to-one tutorials is the stuff of Oxbridge dreams for most, personal attention from tutors who challenge students' thinking in small seminar groups is often cited as critical to the quality of learning in higher education, and integral to the value of a degree. More...

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UK government seeks your views about how to spend £6bn on science

The Guardian homeBy Jeremy Clayton. The government has committed to spend nearly £6bn on research infrastructure over the next five years. Jeremy Clayton, director of research base in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, looks forward to hearing your views on how the money should be spent. More...

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Have you found any hidden money yet?

The Guardian homeBy  and . Unknown benefactors are leaving envelopes of money around the UK and America – and now they've hit uni campuses too. Free cash on campus: too good to be true? The new Twitter account, Cash on Campus, has been tweeting clues about hidden money they've left on university campuses. More...

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Is flexible study the future for universities?

The Guardian homeBy . Students increasingly want their courses to move in step with the demands of the modern economy, so how can universities introduce more flexible structures while maintaining standards?
For a brief period, the popular image of the university student was embodied by Sebastian Flyte of Brideshead Revisited: 18-years old, male, privileged, and ready to spend three years in one of the world's most elite institutions. More...

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If colleges didn't waste your tuition, we wouldn't need new student loan reform

The Guardian homeBy . Saddling students with unsustainable debts is only a symptom of the deeper erosion within higher education. The student debt crisis – currently the subject of executive orders, pending Senate legislation, protests and much boomer hand-wringing – is more accurately an education cost crisis. More...

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Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees

The Guardian homeBy Robert Segal. The universities minister has called for degree courses to have a major and minor option. But the UK could benefit from adopting other aspects of the US system, says Robert Segal. I am finishing my 20th year of teaching in the UK. I came to Lancaster University from my native US in 1994, and in 2006 I left Lancaster for the University of Aberdeen. I was born, raised, and educated in the US. But by now I think I fathom the very different UK conventions. David Willetts, the universities minister, is encouraging UK universities to introduce the US custom of having both a major subject, which can be anything, and a minor one, which can be anything else. A handful of universities have already adopted the approach, and Willetts is anxious to keep British students from leaving the UK for a more flexible degree in the US. More...

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Students starting job hunt early

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Agencies. Students are beginning job hunting earlier than ever while those in final year make 7.5 applications on average. Almost half of students have started job-hunting by the end of their first year of university, according to research. Read more...

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Compensation payments to students 'soar by two-thirds'

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgBy Graeme Paton. The higher education watchdog – the Office of the Independent Adjudicator – reveals that universities paid some £373,000 in compensation to students last year, a rise of two-thirds. Compensation payments made to students soared by two-thirds last year due to complaints over the marking of degree projects, cancelled courses, cheating allegations and poor facilities amid growing competition for graduate jobs. Read more...

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La réforme universitaire épaissit le mille-feuille administratif

Par le collectif Resau. Une réforme à l'aspect vertueux induite par la dernière loi sur l'enseignement supérieur et la recherche (ESR), votée le 22 juillet 2013, fédère aujourd'hui contre elle un large front qui transcende les clivages politiques. Selon l'interprétation du ministère, il s'agit de simplifier le mille-feuille hiérarchique, de créer une trentaine d'universités de stature internationale regroupant toutes les disciplines, de favoriser la coopération scientifique, et ce en laissant toute liberté d'organisation aux communautés universitaires.
Mais une réforme peut en cacher une autre. Sous couvert de simplification, le ministère promeut la création de communautés d'universités et d'établissements (Comué) qui, à l'opposé des objectifs initiaux, viennent épaissir le mille-feuille universitaire de nouvelles couches administratives dysfonctionnelles. Suite...

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Students ‘relying on payday loans’ to make ends meet

By . Tens of thousands of undergraduates are relying on payday loans or doorstop lending to fund their studies, a new survey suggests. One in 50 have turned to loan sources with potentially exorbitant interest rates, the poll, conducted by the National Union of Students and commissioned by the accommodation firm Unite, says. More...

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