Browsing All posts tagged under »university«

Why don’t Brits rule the world

February 7, 2011

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Robert Peston’s recent article on the lack of Brits at the top of UK businesses is fascinating, especially in light of the BBC’s Who Gets The Best Jobs programme. He reasons that UK companies are no longer run by UK citizens whilst top companies in the US, Sweden, Germany, France and India do tend to […]

David Willetts – “Connexions hasn’t worked”

January 25, 2011

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It seemed a simple enough question, but David Willetts looked, and sounded, somewhat surprised last night when asked whether the Government was intending to address the paucity of good quality information, advice and guidance in schools in England and Wales. Continuing a theme raised earlier by Adrian Thomas of Network Rail, that good quality careers […]

Universities should look to deliver real returns on investment

June 24, 2010

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The emergency budget has hit Higher Education particularly hard with cuts in spending of up to 25% over the next four years. Coupled with the impact on capital expenditure that the VAT rise will bring about, leading universities are inevitably looking to an increase in fees to meet the shortfall. In itself, that shouldn’t be […]

Majority of young women in university

March 31, 2010

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It seems the relentless march to 50% university participation has passed a couple of new milestones with new figures showing total participation up to 45% with 40% of men and 51% of women now going to university. This news will no doubt be received with a heavy heart by the AGR who last week published […]

Masters cash may be better spent on travel

December 30, 2009

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Graduates who stayed on at university to do a masters degree with the aim of making themselves more employable might have been better off spending the money on travel. That is the view of some recruitment experts and employers who say that it has become more difficult for candidates to differentiate themselves, and that further […]

Degrees with benefits?

December 30, 2009

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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 […]

Identifying value in free Higher Education

October 28, 2009

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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 […]

Prison officers, not academics

September 2, 2009

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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

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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 […]

Employee Engagement via psychological contracts

August 18, 2009

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Marianne Huggett, commenting on the MacLeod Review’s struggle to define employer engagement, suggests that, although the term psychological contract has fallen out of favour, it still sits at the core of the relationship between employer and employee.  However, her concern over the fragility of this bond may be unfounded. As with many discussions around this topic, […]