Monthly Archives: May 2018

A beginners guide for a  first-time webmaster

A beginners guide for a first-time webmaster

Regardless of the service the webmaster has to offer, this will count for little if the website is not customer-friendly or looks enticing. The beginner may wish to take a look at other website designs to garner ideas that might suit their business image or services offered. For the beginner, however, most websites are really […] … learn more→

U Of Texas: Masculinity is a mental health issue

U Of Texas: Masculinity is a mental health issue

One of the many problems on campus today is how males are targeted to the point of being second class citizens. As faculty, I’ve been warned against giving homework and tests, because these things discourage students…but admin doesn’t understand how creating a climate of hatred against males is discouraging male students from coming to campus […] … learn more→

Society’s immune system against extremism is failing

Society’s immune system against extremism is failing

The most important knowledge to be derived from the study of post-communist society in eastern Europe is that when it comes to building democracy the establishment of parliaments, political parties and a free press is the easy part. If democracy is to thrive, it needs a certain level of education and critical thinking, and a […] … learn more→

A new, data-based checklist to help boost women in science leadership

A new, data-based checklist to help boost women in science leadership

Gender equity in academic science may seem like a pipe dream, with the percentage of scientific leadership positions held by women in institutions a mere 5-20% However, new data from science societies – the professional associations that bring researchers of a particular speciality together – tell a different story. Published today, research from my colleagues and I shows […] … learn more→

Universities must be bridge-builders between past traditions and future progress

Universities must be bridge-builders between past traditions and future progress

Through the centuries, traditions in their infinite variety have enriched the life of the mind. Cultures in all parts of the world have developed and built on an understanding of traditions and their systems to promote physical, emotional, spiritual and community advancement, prosperity and well-being. Universities are one such lasting tradition, representing as they do, […] … learn more→

Why learning a second language is beneficial

Why learning a second language is beneficial

Multiple studies have shown children who learn a second language achieve more academically and have far better linguistics than students who only know one language. Regardless of what age you are, learning a new language is a great idea. If you are looking for a Russian or Spanish school to teach you a new language, […] … learn more→

Lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

Lab coats help students see themselves as future scientists

In order to encourage more of the nation’s young people to pursue careers in science, it pays to help them dress the part. That is the key finding of a study we conducted recently to determine what kind of effect a simple article of clothing – in this case white lab coats – have on […] … learn more→

Research commercialisation: Tips for starting your journey

Research commercialisation: Tips for starting your journey

Research commercialisation can be daunting, but in a landscape of dwindling government funding and ever-shifting technological and commercial realities, it can be a powerful way to bring new ideas and change into the world. For researchers and academics, however, the businesses, people and language can be so different that it’s almost alien. The way a […] … learn more→

Loving the PhD life

Loving the PhD life

I recently saw a psychologist to help with time management, stress management and to get better at ‘saying no’ (ie: how to do it). When I told her that I was a PhD student the psychologist actually laughed and said, “There’s no getting around it, these will be the most stressful years of your life”. […] … learn more→

Debunking the ‘value for money’ myth in higher education

Debunking the ‘value for money’ myth in higher education

Does the university system in England provide good value for money? It’s a question that select committee inquiries, the National Audit Office, and assorted thinktanks have failed to answer satisfactorily. Now, the whole issue is going to be picked over yet again by the review of post-18 education and funding. The problem is that all […] … learn more→