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,…

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 new study predicts. In the report, titled Horizon Scanning: What will higher education look like in 2020?, the Observatory on Borderless Education suggests that academic staff…

Linked In Posts Employability Data

An interesting use of data by LinkedIn: LinkedIn, the social media giant, has started publishing details of what each university’s students do after graduating. When users register with LinkedIn – a social network for professionals with more than 238 million members worldwide – they are asked to give information about their alma mater and their employment history. Now, these data are being aggregated and displayed on dedicated university pages that can be accessed by anyone.…

Consumerism of Higher Education

Interesting article. Find the idea of students as consumers difficult to take on board, but it's definitely a feeling that's getting stronger & stronger: Dr Williams - who will be discussing her views at the Barbican in London later this month at the Institute of Ideas' Battle of Ideas Festival - said that during her own English degree, it was immersion in the subject that had made her "employable, and a different person". "That transformed…