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Degrees with benefits?

December 30, 2009


According to research by Dr Anthony Hesketh at Lancaster University, graduates “pay for themselves 20 months from their start date and by their third year, mid-sized graduate recruitment and training programmes – those which involve the hiring of 170 graduates – generate a £5.30 return for every £1 invested.” But how long does it take […]

The end of experience?

October 30, 2009


That someone can honestly be quoted as saying “Staff don’t need to retain information any more, they just need to go somewhere where they can reference it” is perhaps one of the most horrifying sentences I have yet come across in the world of employment and education.  Staff don’t need to retain information any more, […]

Identifying value in free Higher Education

October 28, 2009


It makes me somewhat uneasy reading Seth Godin’s thoughts on the future of education, especially when his conclusion is that an education system that tends towards the free doesn’t necessarily negate the possibility of making money. What he seems to have overlooked is not the concept of cost but of value in the kind of […]

The Ode Less Travelled

October 28, 2009


I can’t bring myself to lend every book I recommend, so this time I bought a second copy instead.  This is a charming book that is as well-written as it is well-intentioned.  Fry manages to open up a world of meter, rhythm and opsimathy (what did you expect?) for those that already knew and loved […]


September 18, 2009


(kôr’səl) n.   A a programme of instruction, as in a college or university intended to cover one topic, or a particular area of a larger topic, usually over the course of a single session

Putting the cart before the cause?

September 10, 2009


New research has shown that, in primary schools, staff with a good work-life balance are more likely to produce higher achieving pupils – defined as those attaining level four or higher in Key Stage 2 level Maths and English. Or does it show that staff who teach pupils who attain level four or higher in […]

Prison officers, not academics

September 2, 2009


The conclusions from the Howard League’s research into prison officer skills and development are not unexpected – in that they highlight a well-defined issue in how to increase the volume of quality prison officers in the system.  But, as is all too familiar today, having identified a valid issue robustly, the recommendation is given without applying […]

Higher Education – cost versus value

August 21, 2009


It’s all well and good for David Lammy to continue to beat a drum for Higher Education but is it not now time to ask what benefit the Government policy of pushing people into University courses, regardless of desire or appropriateness, produces for the individuals or for society? New data from The Push Student Debt […]

What now for graduates?

August 17, 2009


How much do the graduates of today really know about the job situation?  As I sat discussing the situation in a recent meeting, the look on the intern’s face said it all – it was the first time she had really stopped to think about it. A couple of months ago, as people were finishing […]

Starbucking a trend

August 11, 2009


I really don’t know what to make of Starbucks. Part of me feels that I should get on a high horse and despise them fro being a corporation but, since actions are meant to speak louder than words, I’m not sure I can look past some of theirs so easily. For a start, they sell […]