[VIDEO] Jean Vanier speaks on the Big Questions

When someone is loved, they are transformed, reveal to them they are beautiful. This does not happen if you’ve been humiliated and devalued. A really interesting talk ranging across many topics including the Holocaust, and everyday life: discover what it means to be a full human coming from vulnerable/fragile relationships. drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster http://drbexl.co.uk Like it? Share it…

Value in a PhD?

An interesting piece on the ‘value’ and employability of a PhD Who would do a PhD? Who would willingly submit to spending endless hours, over three or four years, in the laboratory or library, racked by self-doubt and money worries, in preparation for a career for which vacancies were never more oversubscribed? … But do doctoral students really feel prepared for life beyond the ivory tower? And how ready are they to embrace it? Here, Continue Reading →

History of Value? @timeshighered

A number of US arts and humanities departments are fighting back against calls that the liberal arts aren’t worth funding as they don’t lead directly to jobs… In response, several associations of universities with four-year courses are fighting back. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is aggressively advocating the importance of imparting “broad knowledge and transferable skills”. And the Council of Independent Colleges has established a Campaign for the Liberal Arts that will Continue Reading →

University is not just about ‘getting a job’ …

I’ve always said that University is about SO MUCH more than ‘getting a job’, and the students are not ‘customers’ … this article brings that out: Academics have been “seduced” into using business-speak to defend higher education, according to leading scholars and politicians. Speaking at a conference titled Universities under Attack, academics called for a “fightback” in which the “neoliberal” language of “employability” and “value for money” are ditched in favour of advocating higher education Continue Reading →

The Canary in the Coal Mine (#highered)

With recent Manipulating Media assignments focusing upon the value of a University education – and the conversation occurring in many spaces – physical, print, online… very interesting article: Never before has the idea of the university been so feverishly debated in England, and for good reason. The restructuring of the country’s higher education sector around a student-debt-financed, fee-driven model is a fundamental recasting of the university’s place and purpose in society. But this process did Continue Reading →

What have they ever done for us?

How do local communities view their local universities, and do they recognise the value that they bring both to the local community, and to the local economy. This article looks particularly at the University of Southampton, and the University of Southampton Solent. That sentiment may be shared by many in the communities in which universities are located. But if the institutions disappeared, how much of a loss would it be to those cities? David Matthews Continue Reading →

Universities need to learn how to present themselves…

How can universities demonstrate their value to the wider public? Universities have never been in the public eye so much. The research “impact agenda” is posing tough questions about the relevance of university research. The huge hike in student fees is creating intense scrutiny of what “quality” and “value for money” look like in relation to the curriculum. The shift from public to private funding is raising profound questions about the public role of the Continue Reading →