Pathways to ‘Plod’ in @timeshighered

I picked this story out as I think this can apply as much to the arts as to science... The impact agenda rewards unoriginal thinkers and threatens to snuff out the bright 'Sparks' who could change the world, warns Bill Amos It seems to me that there are two types of scientist in the world: those who think mainly about doing science and those who think mainly about how to get funding to do science.…

Academic working hours

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. What was once vaguely containable in a 9-to-5 regime has expanded, so we must work evenings and weekends. We are trapped in a structurally embedded "long hours culture", where hours…

Is it worth ‘teacher coaching’ at University?

Is 'teacher training' at Higher Education level worthwhile? Well, as someone who's in the Learning & Teaching Development Unit, clearly I think so! I completed my PGCLTHE earlier this year, and found it great to challenge my thinking on the way that I teach, and it's changed my practice hugely. There's plenty of comments on this story in the Times Higher Education: Where academics were instructed on how to teach better, Dr Robson said, peer…

Universities: Concentrate on overall experience, not jobs

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 costs and average income of graduates, to help students choose where to study. But Janet Beer, vice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and chair of the Higher Education Public Information Steering…
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