How to select the right university for you

How to select the right university for you

You’ve decided a long time ago that university is the next step. Sure, there are other paths that you can follow, but you want to find a good job. Contrary to popular belief, a degree can help you secure a good job. While there are other factors that come into play, like communications skills or […] … learn more→

Requirements for Schengen Visa application

Requirements for Schengen Visa application

Obtaining a Schengen visa allows you to travel freely throughout the entire Schengen zone, which includes 26 European countries, for a specific timeframe. Nevertheless, depending on the type of visa and the Embassy or Consulate that issues it, you have to comply with certain restrictions in relation to the motive of your traveling and other […] … learn more→

UK: USS pension changes would be a disaster for universities, but they are preventable

UK: USS pension changes would be a disaster for universities, but they are preventable

The changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme that Universities UK proposed on Friday will substantially alter the nature of academic employment in the pre-92 universities and will damage higher education irrevocably. They will mean academic salaries having to rise substantially to attract the best both internationally and from other industries to maintain standards. As such, […] … learn more→

Five checks to make sure your university marketing plays by the rules

Five checks to make sure your university marketing plays by the rules

Last week, the Advertising Standards Agency issued guidance to universities on the content of advertising and marketing materials aimed at attracting students. It followed on from the ASA’s regulatory arm, the Committee for Advertising Practice, upholding complaints of misleading or unsubstantiated claims against six universities. The rationale for the guidance is clearly explained by the ASA. “Choosing a […] … learn more→

Gilmore girls, myself

Gilmore girls, myself

Like so many others of my generation I spent much of last weekend watching the Gilmore Girls reboot, ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’. I came pretty late to the Gilmore Girls party, (I watched the final episode of series seven on Friday afternoon before launching straight into the reboot), but have appreciated the […] … learn more→

Perks of online spell checking

Perks of online spell checking

Proofreading is probably one of the most important parts of writing. As a lot of professional writers often say, “writing is rewriting.” It then follows that how effective you are with proofreading greatly effects how proficient you are as a writer. However, proofreading your own work can sometimes be tedious when done unaided, especially when […] … learn more→

Is it possible to boost your intelligence by training? We reviewed three decades of research

Is it possible to boost your intelligence by training? We reviewed three decades of research

Scientists achieved astonishing results when training a student with a memory training programme in a landmark experiment in 1982. After 44 weeks of practice, the student, dubbed SF, expanded his ability to remember digits from seven numbers to 82. However, this remarkable ability did not extend beyond digits – they also tried with consonants. The study can […] … learn more→

What is the title of your dissertation? Make sure it’s not too good

What is the title of your dissertation? Make sure it’s not too good

“What is the title of your dissertation?” That was the subject line of an email that I received exactly three weeks before my dissertation defence date. My title would be the only words most people would ever read, and yet I had no idea how to choose one. How could such an important decision be […] … learn more→

Universities need to rethink policy on student-staff relationships

Universities need to rethink policy on student-staff relationships

The Human Rights Commission report, Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities, was published in August 2017. In response, Australian universities have taken various actions to address sexual assault and harassment on their campuses. Most are directed at making universities safer places to study and live. Measures includeintroducing mandatory responding […] … learn more→

MOOCs are dead, but why not online classes?

MOOCs are dead, but why not online classes?

For a solid 20 years of my career, I’ve dealt with admin drooling to “get into the online education market.” Every college, every university, has infinite interest in the hot fad of online education. From an admin’s point of view, online classes are great: minimal overhead and maximum profit. I actually thought there was something […] … learn more→