What drugs are students taking and why are they taking them?

What drugs are students taking and why are they taking them?

For many students, the move away to university is the first time living away from home. And with all the freedoms independent living entails, it’s maybe not surprising then that drug use tends to be much higher among students than the general population. The 2017 Crime Survey of England and Wales found that around one in […] … learn more→

How refugee children make American education stronger

How refugee children make American education stronger

In recent years, there has been a great deal of public angst about refugee resettlement in the U.S. and Europe. Americans are deeply divided on the issue. For instance, a Pew Research Center study published in May of this year found that only a quarter of Republicans and right-leaning independents say the U.S. “has a responsibility to accept more […] … learn more→

Networked learning requires networked universities

Networked learning requires networked universities

A holistic approach to digital learning is the holy grail of universities across the world. For some, it has been for decades. Yet scepticism and even cynicism persist, and many old, bad habits still block the way forward. In recent conversations with acquaintances from other universities in the UK and elsewhere, I have been struck […] … learn more→

Why we don’t need to prepare young people for the ‘future of work’

Why we don’t need to prepare young people for the ‘future of work’

While there is little consensus about the “future of work”, one thing is certain – young people are at the coalface. Young workers experience insufficient opportunities for work experience, a mismatch between work and education, a lack of career management skills and scant entry-level jobs, according to a report from the Foundation for Young Australians. But this report […] … learn more→

Shut down business schools? Two professors debate

Shut down business schools? Two professors debate

After 20 years of working in UK business schools, Martin Parker, professor of organisation studies at Bristol University, calls for them to be shut down in a new book. His views have caused some lively debate and here, he makes his case. Ken Starkey, professor of management at Nottingham University, disagrees. He offers an alternative. Martin Parker: […] … learn more→

Trump’s war on children is an act of state terrorism

Trump’s war on children is an act of state terrorism

State terrorism comes in many forms, but one of its most cruel and revolting expressions is when it is aimed at children. Separating children from their parents is indeed a form of terrorism and it points not only to a society that has lost its moral compass, but has also descended into such darkness that […] … learn more→

Why open access publishing is growing in Latin America

Why open access publishing is growing in Latin America

The move towards open access publishing in scientific research is certainly a global one. However, Latin America or Iberoamérica, a larger community that includes Spanish- and Portuguese-language countries in both Europe and the Americas, is using the OA publishing model to a far greater extent than any other region in the world. Iberoamérican scientists especially […] … learn more→

Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?

Beautiful fusion deliciousness… or a hot mess?

Interdisciplinary research. So hot right now… or is it? To be clear – I’m a super fan of interdisciplinary work. I’m happily ‘post-disciplinary’ myself. My PhD was interdisciplinary, and my current job is transdisciplinary. I work with all kinds of research students, from physics to fine art; education to chemistry, I embrace you all! While […] … learn more→

Universities in France and their disciplinary sections: freedom or scientific constraint?

Universities in France and their disciplinary sections: freedom or scientific constraint?

Since the Renaissance, the invention of the printing press, the Reformation, scientific progress, the industrial revolution and the division of labor have led to constant specialization and the emergence of a growing number of university disciplines over the centuries, in particular the twentieth. The French University, which encompassed four disciplines (namely theology, law, medicine and […] … learn more→