Fears for the Humanities in British Universities.

Interesting article in the Guardian this weekend – always lots to think about when we think about the purpose of the humanities and/or the way it is funded: Currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities – arts, languages and social sciences – which have suffered swingeing Continue Reading →

Traditional Lecturers replaced by Online Mentors?

I’m not sure if the following is dystopian or utopian… I really hope that universities still value the skills of their staff and reward appropriately – and recognise what works online and what doesn’t: Traditional lecturers may soon be replaced by networks of online mentors working for several universities, a Continue Reading →

Large Class Sizes Affecting NSS/Assessment Grades?

Professor Graham Gibbs, who I worked with whilst working on the FASTECH project at Winchester – writing a series of pieces for Times Higher Education – this one on class sizes – worth reading: Average school class sizes are used in international league tables as indicators of national commitment to education. Continue Reading →

Social Media Recruitment

Interesting news on the use of social media in HE recruitment: Social media generally reach a wider range of US-bound international students than recruiting agents, a report produced by US non-profit research agency World Education Services has found. Among respondents to a survey of nearly 1,600 prospective students from 115 Continue Reading →

Should Universities be learning from Supermarkets?

Universities are encouraged to learn from Supermarket consumer-led strategies: He recommended that institutions should embrace social media as a feedback tool and to enable “two-way communication” with students because traditional methods of complaining were out of date. “If I am unhappy about something, I don’t write a nice letter and Continue Reading →