5 important Supreme Court cases about education

5 important Supreme Court cases about education

When reading through legal case briefs the chances are you will come across numerous education court cases. There are even terms in the law dictionary that describe different court terminology specifically about education. Read on to find out about some of the more notable cases that changed education as we know it. The Board of […] … learn more→

Academics in ivory towers? It’s time to change the record

Academics in ivory towers? It’s time to change the record

Explaining my work as a director of communications and impact in an academic institution can sometimes prove challenging. A case in point was a recent conversation with a new acquaintance about work that went something along the lines of: “So, what is it you do again. Something about research isn’t it?” To which I replied: […] … learn more→

Climbing back to health after an accident

Climbing back to health after an accident

After a serious accident, you may find yourself wondering where exactly to go next. You may be temporarily or even permanently unable to continue your work as usual. This doesn’t even include your duties at home, with family, or even hobbies that you miss out on. Here are some valuable tips and insight to start […] … learn more→

Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice

Trump budget would abandon public education for private choice

The Trump administration has announced its plan to transform education funding as we know it. The new budget proposal takes aim at a host of elementary, secondary and higher education programs that serve needy students, redirecting those funds toward K-12 school choice in the form of vouchers, tax credits and charter schools. Public schools that […] … learn more→

Hold fast to the values of global scholarship – they are needed more than ever

Hold fast to the values of global scholarship – they are needed more than ever

In his speech at the funeral of the Athenian Dead, Pericles famously said that the bravest are those who, while knowing the full strength of the forces ranged against them, still go out and face them. That they do not “faint beforehand with the meditation of future trouble”. Well, at least we now know what […] … learn more→

Making the most of your conference money

Making the most of your conference money

For an academic, participating in conferences is important for lots of reasons: sharing research and having it critiqued, building networks, identifying collaboration opportunities, and staying up to date with advances in the field. For PhD students there are additional advantages: you can use conferences to make your name known outside your immediate geographical area, potentially […] … learn more→

Teaching students to survive a zombie apocalypse with psychology

Teaching students to survive a zombie apocalypse with psychology

Playing games is ubiquitous across all cultures and time periods – mainly because most people like playing games. Games involve rules, points, systems, as well as a theme or storyline and can be massively fun and engaging. And there is an increasing body of research that shows “gamification” – where other activities are designed to […] … learn more→

Yale grad students’ hunger strike can’t turn the tide for labor

Yale grad students’ hunger strike can’t turn the tide for labor

On April 24, graduate students at Yale University announced a hunger strike in support of Local 33 of Unite Here, a labor union that represents workers in a variety of industries (including higher education) in dozens of cities across North America. On May 22 – nearly a month later – more than 1,000 protesters joined […] … learn more→

5 Ways healthcare has changed from when your parents grew up

5 Ways healthcare has changed from when your parents grew up

Technological advances have changed and improved many industries, but none have benefited more than the healthcare industry. Most patient records have been digitalized making it easier to send to other hospitals for a second opinion or to get insurance claims processed faster. Technology in the healthcare industry is saving the lives of individuals that might […] … learn more→

We should levy Facebook and Google to fund journalism – here’s how

We should levy Facebook and Google to fund journalism – here’s how

There was a fascinating moment towards the end of Wednesday’s hearings of the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism. Journalist Michael West was at the stand. West’s experience is in many ways emblematic. Once a marquee investigator for Fairfax Media with multiple scoops to his name, West was made redundant in one […] … learn more→