16 août 2014

I'm a prisoner of academia

The Guardian homeBy Dear Jeremy. Only being qualified for lecturing and research leaves me in a job I don't like and am not good at. Twice a week we publish problems that will feature in a forthcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy's own insights. Here is the latest dilemma – what are your thoughts? Read more...

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University funding cuts will hit less prestigious campuses harder – union

The Guardian homeBy . Regional and outer suburban institutions, which rely more heavily on commonwealth grants, may have to raise fees. Universities outside the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) stand to lose a larger share of their total revenue through government funding cuts because of their greater reliance on the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS), new analysis shows. Read more...

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How to make the most of university work placements

The Guardian homeBy . Work placements are a great way to gain industry experience – but make sure they work for you. There's only so much you can learn in a classroom – if you want to be ready for a job after university you need to have some experience of a real work place. Many university degrees include work placements as part of the course, and they can be a great way to gain industry skills and understanding. Read more...

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Is the National Student Survey fit for purpose?

The Guardian homeBy Arti Agrawal, Nona Buckley-Irvine and Ellie Clewlow. As the NSS celebrates its 10th anniversary, three writers take a long hard look at its usefulness from their different perspectives.
The National Student Survey (NSS) is the main vehicle for student feedback in UK universities. It's sent to final-year students to gather views about what they think about the quality of their course and institution. The results are used to compile university league tables, which is a way of making institutions more accountable. Read more...

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One in seven students work full-time while they study

The Guardian homeBy . Most students now take on some paid work while at university.
More students now work to fund their studies, new research shows, with the number of working students now standing at 59%. Read more...

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Students report record levels of satisfaction in National Student Survey

The Guardian homeBy and . The universities of Belfast, St Andrews, Keele and Bath were all among the top for student satisfaction.
The universities with the highest satisfaction rates recorded are St Mary's University College, part of Queen's University of Belfast, the University of St Andrews, Keele University and the University of Bath. Read more...

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Vocational courses can provide a clear route into work

The Guardian homeBy Lucy Hodges. Subjects with vocational elements such as nursing and business studies are becoming ever-more popular. The most popular subjects to study at university are those that give students a clear route into work – nursing and business studies, according to Ucas figures. Read more...

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University tuition fee rise has not deterred poorer students from applying

The Guardian homeBy . But study finds pupils from wealthy backgrounds still far more likely to go to university. The raising of tuition fees to £9,000 has not put off students from disadvantaged backgrounds from applying to university – although the gap in applications between those from wealthy and poor backgrounds remains wide, according to new analysis. Read more...

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Maryam Mirzakhani: 'The more I spent time on maths, the more excited I got'

The Guardian homeThe first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal prize discusses her life as a mathematician.
Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics. Mirzakhani, 37, is of Iranian descent and completed her PhD at Harvard in 2004. Her thesis showed how to compute the Weil-Petersson volumes of moduli spaces of bordered Riemann surfaces. Her research interests include Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. She is currently professor of mathematics at Stanford University, and predominantly works on geometric structures on surfaces and their deformations.
What are some of your earliest memories of mathematics?
As a kid, I dreamt of becoming a writer. My most exciting pastime was reading novels; in fact, I would read anything I could find. I never thought I would pursue mathematics until my last year in high school. I grew up in a family with three siblings. My parents were always very supportive and encouraging. It was important for them that we have meaningful and satisfying professions, but they didn't care as much about success and achievement. Read more...
Maryam Mirzakhani

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Universities plug gap as government fails to support poorer students

The Guardian homeBy . Universities need to work together and increase outreach work to help more disadvantaged students enter higher education. The numbers of disadvantaged young people in full-time higher education have risen in the past two years, yet today's report by the Independent Commission on Fees makes it abundantly clear that there are few causes for celebration. Read more...

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