The wrong questions are being asked in the Sth African free higher education debate

The wrong questions are being asked in the Sth African free higher education debate

The main brief of the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training (The Fees Commission) demands that it enquires and makes findings on the feasibility of fee-free higher education in South Africa. The problem with the brief is that it is asking the wrong question. Firstly, there is no such thing as “free higher […] … learn more→

Student criticizes BLM = death threats, expulsion

Student criticizes BLM = death threats, expulsion

In Ye Olden Days of Higher Education, college was about classes during the week and partying on the weekends. You didn’t even party every weekend, since sometimes you had papers and tests, and you certainly didn’t party final exam weekend. That’s pretty much gone. Administration moved in, and the Student As Customer paradigm changed that. […] … learn more→

Shiny balls

Shiny balls

Struggling with balance isn’t new for me; I’ve always been a full-throttle, grab-life-by-the-shoulders-and-shake kind of person. So when it came to starting my PhD, saying yes to opportunities to learn and stretch myself alongside the PhD was second nature. I’ve always worked full-time while I studied so “having it all” seemed not just attractive but […] … learn more→

Coping with writing anxiety – or – learn to stroke your spider

Coping with writing anxiety – or – learn to stroke your spider

Desensitisation is a psychological term. It is used to describe a process through which a very anxious – perhaps even phobic – person gradually becomes used to the object or situation which makes them afraid. Professional support is often required for effective desensitisation. Desensitisation usually consists of three steps – developing a fear hierarchy, relaxation […] … learn more→

Under-funding, not protests, is driving South African universities down global rankings

Under-funding, not protests, is driving South African universities down global rankings

The most widely respected world university rankings have all recently published their latest results. The release of the Times Higher Education 2016-17 and Quacquarelli Symonds 2016-17 rankings have coincided with a resurgence in protests at many of South Africa’s universities. Most of South Africa’s universities have dropped down these ranking tables. Some people argue that […] … learn more→

Points-based immigration: dumped because it lets in too many of the 'right' people

Points-based immigration: dumped because it lets in too many of the ‘right’ people

The new UK prime minister, Theresa May, didn’t take long to dump the idea of a post Brexit points-based Australian immigration system once it was suggested that UK universities might find it a better way to safeguard the flow of international students. Why? Because, in Australia, immigration is actually higher per capita than it is […] … learn more→

The most racist College: Scripps

The most racist College: Scripps

People should believe what they want to believe, and that includes hating who they want to hate. I don’t think hatred is such a good idea, mind you, but I would never be so presumptuous as to try to force another person into thinking differently. While beliefs should be free, I shouldn’t have to pay […] … learn more→

US Public universities are under threat – not just by outside reformers

US Public universities are under threat – not just by outside reformers

A new documentary, “Starving the Beast,” recently examined the state of public higher education. Directed by Austin-based award-winning documentarian Steve Mims, the film argues that a network of right-wing think tanks and educational reformers are undermining public universities. It suggests that America’s great public universities may die from a thousand cuts unless policymakers change course.< […] … learn more→

Understanding the roots of sexual violence and lad culture on campus

Understanding the roots of sexual violence and lad culture on campus

Fresher’s Week is now in full swing at university campuses across the UK with thousands of new students celebrating the start of their university life. But while these initiations are seen as a big part of the university experience, it is important to remember there can also be a darker side to this process. Over […] … learn more→

The diverse spectrum of diversity

The diverse spectrum of diversity

The discipline of economics has come in for a rough time since the 2008 crash. Not only did economists largely fail to predict what would happen, but many of their critics felt that the discipline shared some responsibility for the disaster. Economic orthodoxy, it was said, advanced a spurious set of models that had served […] … learn more→