An academic and proud of it?

A real challenge to think back to why we are in the academic space, the values that we need to hold onto! There was never a golden age in which academic values such as universalism and disinterestedness were not at risk, argues Bruce Macfarlane. But in an age of sponsorism and insecurity, all scholars must […]

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 countries, 56 per cent follow […]

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as a feedback tool and to enable “two-way communication” with students because traditional methods of complaining were out of date.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 wait for a reply. I […]

Unregulated KIS's?

I’ve always been keen to see data that engages more with ‘how did we develop this student from where they started from?’ rather than final grades, etc. so the new KIS are of concern – read more about them here: I recently spent an enthralling Sunday morning renewing my car insurance via a price-comparison website. […]

Research collaboration?

As someone who’s keen on collaboration, working in unity, etc, this is a story of concern: The concentration of research funding in a few elite universities has been described as a “policy trap” that fails to reflect the modern trend towards wider academic collaboration. Sir David Watson, professor of higher education and principal of Green […]