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→

Play with your data

Play with your data

Data analysis can be pretty scary.  That moment when you realise that making sense of the stuff you’ve so painstakingly generated comes down to you – just you.  Well, relax. It’s not just you that has to leap into the unknown. We all put ourselves on the line when we make decisions about definitions, scales, […] … learn more→

Is self-promotion hurting scholarship?

Is self-promotion hurting scholarship?

This summer two distinctive educational initiatives have been thrust into the limelight. First came the  that China’s Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College has developed a degree programme for aspiring influencers; the curriculum includes modules on “aesthetic cultivation”, “make-up modelling” and “public relations etiquette”.  Then, US technology magazine The Vergeprofiled the LA-based SocialStar Creator Camp, a 10-day programme that promises […] … learn more→

UK: Going through university clearing? Then make sure you do these four things

UK: Going through university clearing? Then make sure you do these four things

Every year, in August, thousands of students in the UK receive their A-level results and discover whether or not they have got the marks needed to take up a place at their chosen university. If they fail to make the grade – or exceed them – students telephone university clearing centres, to try and find […] … learn more→

The end of South African universities?

The end of South African universities?

Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State in South Africa until a year ago, has written a book on the country’s higher education sector. As by Fire – The End of the South African University is one of a number of recent books that set out to make sense of the current […] … learn more→

“Sexually harassing” test question = 504 day investigation

“Sexually harassing” test question = 504 day investigation

I can’t emphasize enough how scary it is to work in higher education. Granted, if you’re an administrator, you’re guaranteed pay raises and advancement no matter how poorly you do your job, but if you’re an academic, you’re on eggshells all the time. The reason for this is our systems are loaded down with bureaucrats […] … learn more→

Don’t let those ‘sticky words’ confuse your thesis examiner

Don’t let those ‘sticky words’ confuse your thesis examiner

I’m a good friend to have if you are in the business of examining theses as you can probably imagine. A large number of my academic friends have called me up for expert advice on acceptable style, structure and tone. Some eight years ago now, my good friend Dr Scott Mayson rang me up about […] … learn more→

Top ways to find tutoring jobs

Top ways to find tutoring jobs

Tutoring can be a great source of extra income while going through your own schooling or just to help support you financially. It can even be a full-time income, if you want it to be. You will need to meet some basic requirements, but once you have met those requirements, you can start tutoring immediately. […] … learn more→

Please no more leaders for Higher Ed!

Please no more leaders for Higher Ed!

Our colleges campuses are drowning in leaders. I’ve literally taught courses where I had to report to 4 different bosses (in addition to the department head and Dean) during the semester regarding every issue that came up in the class. It takes some effort to teach a class, but not that much (it’s why faculty […] … learn more→

Despair and depression at law school are real, and need attention

Despair and depression at law school are real, and need attention

Pursuing a professional degree can be extremely stressful for students, who often experience it as a time riddled with anxiety, uncertainty, fear and financial challenge. The emotional health of law students was recently brought to my attention in an email from a student at the University of Cape Town’s law faculty where I am the […] … learn more→