Academic working hours

[caption id="attachment_2603" align="alignright" width="240" caption="http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1267744"][/caption] Recognising that I'm incredibly fortunate to be doing work that I (mostly) enjoy, I'm also seeking to find a better balance, ensuring I have time for friends, etc... The truism is true: nobody on their deathbed wishes they had spent more time at the office.…

Universities: Concentrate on overall experience, not jobs

[caption id="attachment_2621" align="aligncenter" width="593" caption="http://www.wordnik.com/words/experience"][/caption] Too much emphasis on graduate employability in Key Information Sets could play into the hands of private for-profit providers at the expense of universities, a vice-chancellor has warned. From autumn 2012, all institutions will be required to publish data on contact hours, course fees, living…

Teaching Overseas: A Cultural Challenge

[caption id="attachment_2612" align="alignright" width="224"] http://www.sxc.hu/photo/659902[/caption] Fascinating insight into teaching practice from Dr Jennifer Hill, a lecturer who had a six-month tour of Iraq with the Royal Engineers as a Territorial Army officer: But Dr Hill's time in Iraq was not just about serving Queen and country. Working with a completely different…