The hidden costs of applying for postgraduate study

The hidden costs of applying for postgraduate study

The benefits associated with postgraduate qualifications are becoming increasingly clear. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) statistics show that those with higher degrees have an income advantage over their first-degree-only compatriots in each country providing data. Research commissioned by the Sutton Trust suggests that in Britain, people with a postgraduate qualification can expect to earn on average 14 per cent […] … learn more→

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

As someone who researches generational differences, I find one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “What generation am I in?” If you were born before 1980, that’s a relatively easy question to answer: the Silent Generation was born between 1925 and 1945; baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964; Gen X followed […] … learn more→

Why you should blog during your PhD

Why you should blog during your PhD

This year, the PhD students of the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics at KCL founded a collaborative PhD student blog. Here are a few of the reasons they feel writing and blogging in particular is a great opportunity for PhD students! You get to explain what you love to the public You got […] … learn more→

Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement

Greening the concrete jungle: how to make environmentally friendly cement

Cement is the world’s most widely used material apart from water, largely because it is the key ingredient in concrete, the world’s favourite building material. But with cement’s success comes a huge amount of greenhouse emissions. For every tonne of cement produced in Australia, 0.82 tonnes of CO₂ is released. That might not sound like […] … learn more→

A guide to health promotion

A guide to health promotion

In today’s world, chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, obesity and arthritis have plagued a large part of the United States population. In fact, in 2014, chronic conditions accounted for seven out of ten deaths. However, health is more than the absence of disease; it is a resource that helps people realize their aspirations, […] … learn more→

Can international education enhance graduate employment in China?

Can international education enhance graduate employment in China?

The rapid expansion of higher education in China has produced far more graduates than the labour market needs. Hence, graduate employment has become an increasingly challenging issue – not only from an economic but a social and political perspective. Without appropriate measures to handle graduate employment in mainland China, employment could become a serious problem […] … learn more→

Curbing climate change: Why it’s so hard to act in time

Curbing climate change: Why it’s so hard to act in time

This summer I worked on the Greenland ice sheet, part of a scientific experiment to study surface melting and its contribution to Greenland’s accelerating ice losses. By virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland has the potential to cause large and rapid increases to sea level as it melts. When I returned, […] … learn more→

As the Ivy League goes…so goes American Higher Education?

As the Ivy League goes…so goes American Higher Education?

Brandon Busteed, the executive director for education and workforce development at Gallup, wrote a stimulating and thought provoking op ed earlier this month. The article’s title captured Busteed’s summary opinion: It’s Time for Elite Universities to Lead in Non-Elite Ways. Mr. Busteed argued that America’s colleges and universities have traditionally followed the lead of America’s […] … learn more→

Using education as catalyst for children in need

Using education as catalyst for children in need

In first-world countries, students tend to take education for granted. For most children in these countries where wealth is more abundant than in many other parts of the world, going to school is as normal and as much a part of daily life as getting up, brushing your teeth and getting dressed. Unfortunately, there are […] … learn more→

Why white supremacists shouldn’t be banned

Why white supremacists shouldn’t be banned

Today’s decision by the University of Florida to ban rental of space for an event by white supremacist Robert Spencer is a threat to free speech on campus, and the reasoning behind it poses a danger to a wide range of speech. University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs justified his decision based on “continued […] … learn more→