The Physical Campus: On its way out?

There's lots of debate as to what the 21st century classroom will grow to look like, and Times Higher Education picks up another story suggesting that the physical campus will become a thing of the past, as students log in when/where they want: The traditional university model is unlikely to survive the next 50 years because teaching, examinations and student social life will be offered separately on an "a la carte" basis, the British Council's annual…

What do students want from University?

Encouraging to see that students aren't picking just on cost, but are looking for a wider idea of what offers "value": Almost a quarter of all students have changed their thinking on where to attend university owing to higher tuition fees, according to a new study of applicants. That proportion rose to more than a third of those from poorer backgrounds with lower predicted grades, a survey of prospective students by university marketing advisers OpinionPanel…

The Pursuit of Hire Education

Prospective students' increased focus on graduate employment prospects and salaries in the wake of tuition fee rises will have profound repercussions for the sector in terms of setting fees, argues Christine Buccella Across England, thousands of 17-year-olds are calculating the cost of getting an undergraduate degree, and it is not only the thousands of pounds of debt they will incur that is on their minds. They are attempting to determine which degrees will offer the…

New Specs?

OK, I'm having my eyes tested this afternoon. Since I got my last pair of specs (in 2004 or 2005!) my prescription has changed, but I've been waiting to know that I had enough money to buy some! So far I've only tried Specsavers and Tesco (who are giving away free sight-tests in their new branch in Winchester), and picked out the following, but I'm not sure any of them are quite right (and one…

[BOOK REVIEW] Graham Cheeseman, Hyperchoice: Living in an Age of Diversity (1997)

There was an article in a newspaper supplement in 2007 indicating that many of us find it hard to make a choice because we have too many options. At that time, in a visit to the supermarket, the writer counted 127 varieties of jam, 28 choices of milk and the list went on. The article went on to stress that we need to reduce the burdens on ourselves over some choices. We need to stop…