Month: November 2015

The truth about students who are studying abroad

A survey of 1,588 UK undergraduates lead by the UK Higher Education International Unit and the British Council, found that 70 percent of participants who had studied, worked or volunteered abroad felt they had become more committed to their degree course afterwards as a result. According to the research, students who travel abroad as part… Read more »

Cambridge supports students instead of fee hike

In an interview with Times higher Education, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge said that the institution is economically stable within the current £9,000 tuition fee system, along with investments, and is “concerned about increases in fees”. “We have to think of the whole higher education sector as one of Britain’s best and… Read more »

State-schooled students can be high achievers

Grammar school educated pupils are not necessarily more likely to obtain a degree, or even to achieve a higher degree classification than their state-schooled peers. In 2014 researchers at the Institute of Education (IOE), and the The University of Manchester gathered and analysed education histories of more than 7000 people in England and Wales, beginning from the 1970s…. Read more »

Is this the end of creativity at A-Level?

Two years after A-levels in creative writing were introduced by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) examination board the Department of Education (Dfe) has announced that the subject will be cut from curriculum. In 2013 the A-level subject was created with the help from creative writers and academics, and although the DfE concluded that “there are connections between Creative… Read more »

Are university heads paid too much?

According to a survey from UCU lecturers’ union top earners among university vice-chancellors received between £390,000 and £625,000, based on total benefits, and the biggest earner of 2013-2014 was Nottingham Trent University’s head, Neil Gorman, who received £623,000. A statement from the board of governors of Nottingham Trent University said that Gormon’s wage was reflective… Read more »

What is the difference between Oxbridge?

Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) are world renowned institutions that barely need an introduction and it’s always the hot topic of what are the differences between oxford and Cambridge. They are universities that have lived in young individual’s dreams as well as continued to stay on the top of the global leaderboard in higher education. However… Read more »

No more room at the inn?

Only one in four new university degree courses draw enough students to stay on the table. However, this statistic presents progress as the original Innovation in the Market Assurance of New Programmes (i-Map) project in 2009 showed that just one in ten degree courses recruited at least 10 students to be sustainable. Although progress has doubled in the… Read more »

Will standardised testing increase standards?

English universities will begin to pilot national administered standardised tests for undergraduate students. Standardised tests are non-subject-specific exams and will be trialled to see if they could be used to measure ‘learning gain’ in skills and competencies during university. The pilot system, which was announced in September, has £4 million of funding available and will… Read more »

The traits of a good teacher

Lecturing isn’t solely about ensuring students pass coursework and exams, but how teachers inspire their students. Teachers have the tough role of engaging students from the first meeting, and to form a solid first impression, or even to correct a bad one. Students like most individuals judge teachers by their demeanour, posture, walk, feedback from coursework… Read more »

Have students and teachers become lazy?

Frank Furedi, a professor of Sociology at the University of Kent has told Times Higher Education that students no longer hold a love of reading and that digital technology not only offers a more interactive and flexible approach to learning, but could in turn be the cause for students no longer ‘reading for a degree’. Furedi continues… Read more »

Do students become pessimistic once they graduate?

Do students become pessimistic once they graduate? Is there a chance of students not being fully prepared for the graduate job market once they finish their degree, or are graduates not willing to work hard to secure a job? A survey conducted by Career Preparedness and Lifelong Learning asked nearly 8,000 students and graduates how they felt… Read more »

Enter the Dark Would of Imagination

Anything is possible within your imagination and the University of Warwick has now made it plausible for you to see, build and feel your imagination within their Dark Would – a new learning space that challenges conventional teaching techniques. Students are able to create in a different atmosphere, and explore topics and ideas in surroundings… Read more »