Monthly Archives: January 2017

Less is more?

Less is more?

Welcome to 2017. It’s started in an odd way hasn’t it? When the world seems topsy-turvy, I find it’s even more important to take a moment to pause. To think. To take stock, re-orient, reassess and set new goals. I hope many of you took a break. I’ve had a month off and it’s been […] … learn more→

What does a book proposal reviewer do?

What does a book proposal reviewer do?

When you send in a book proposal to a publisher, chances are that it will be sent out to reviewers. This is peer review – and a version that actually gets talked about very little. The publisher often asks you to recommend two to three proposal reviewers. When you make these recommendations, it’s important to pick people who […] … learn more→

Should gifted students go to a separate school?

Should gifted students go to a separate school?

Despite two Senate inquiries in 1988 and 2001, it has taken 15 years and a state parliamentary review for the Victorian government to decide to build a specialist high school for students who are gifted, specifically targeting those from rural and regional Victoria. Research at both the national and international level has long advocated that […] … learn more→

It’s true, internet surfing during class is not so good for grades

It’s true, internet surfing during class is not so good for grades

Many universities encourage students to purchase laptops that they can bring to class. Charities like One Laptop per Child provide low-cost laptops to disadvantaged students. There is no doubt that having a desktop computer or laptop in school is useful for writing papers, gathering information and learning how to program and use software. But, as […] … learn more→

Private schools: Benefits of enrolling your child

Are you worried for the future of your child? The best that you can do is to give them a good start in life and let them take it from there. One of the best ways of doing so is by enrolling them in a great school at an early age. As a parent, the […] … learn more→

Mobile phones offer a new way for Africa’s students to learn programming

Mobile phones offer a new way for Africa’s students to learn programming

It’s not easy for Computer Science students at most universities in Africa to practice and develop their programming skills. They have the ability to program, but access to desktop or laptop computers might be a problem. I experienced this first-hand while teaching programming at a Kenyan university. Most African universities have public computer laboratories, but […] … learn more→

Seven academic books that helped to shape modern Britain

Seven academic books that helped to shape modern Britain

To celebrate the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books over the course of modern history, seven specialists share the book they believe has been most influential on modern British culture and society, as part of Academic Book Week. 1. The Law of the Constitution, by A.V Dicey Veronika Fikfak, lecturer and fellow in law, […] … learn more→

I will not do ‘whatever it takes’ to be a more successful academic

I will not do ‘whatever it takes’ to be a more successful academic

In the past couple of days, I’ve read two articles that both made me a bit sad. One, “Look What They Make You Give”, is Elizabeth Rodwell’s reflections on turning down a tenure-track job and what sacrifices she’s made to establish an academic career. The other is an anonymous author’s frustrations with her professor-husband and the way […] … learn more→

India has been a post-truth society for years (and maybe the West has too)

India has been a post-truth society for years (and maybe the West has too)

Major social change does not happen within the space of a year. Yet, to a large number of observers around the world, the “post-truth” phenomenon seemed to emerge from nowhere in 2016. Two key events of 2016 shaped our understanding of the post-truth world: one was in June, when Britain voted in favour of leaving […] … learn more→

Eastern Michigan U: Mandatory Black studies

Eastern Michigan U: Mandatory Black studies

Time and again I’ve often wondered about the honesty of what I’m doing in higher education. It isn’t the upper level, technical courses that repeatedly cause me to evaluate my morality, even though it’s easy to make a case that the more advanced courses are the least relevant to what anyone would use math for. […] … learn more→