Steep rise in student suicides must be tackled

Steep rise in student suicides must be tackled

With the initial adrenaline and excitement of freshers’ week starting to ebb, many first year students will now be settling in to the everyday business of university life. For the majority, it will be a rewarding and formative experience that will enrich their lives both intellectually and emotionally. It won’t be all plain sailing, of […] … learn more→

University education makes you a better citizen

University education makes you a better citizen

We often think about what young people can expect to gain from university, or what universities contribute to society. But it’s not often that we talk about how higher education can change society beyond the shaping of individuals. As tuition fees rise, and universities are cast in increasingly intense competition for students and staff, their […] … learn more→

Why you should quit your job and become a teacher

If you are among the many struggling to find purpose in your life and attempting to chase your dreams yet finding a sort of emptiness at every turn, the solution may not be in the big promotion in your current job. It may be as simple as finding your purpose through teaching and even though […] … learn more→

The pick your own grade scandal…what media missed

The pick your own grade scandal…what media missed

A few weeks back, another odd story from higher ed made the rounds. A professor decided on a new grading policy: Professor lets ‘stressed’ students decide their own grade Hey, grades are stressful, even assigning them isn’t fun.As a student I hated getting grades…I particularly hated bad grades, which is why I generally studied hard […] … learn more→

Crop Damage survey is a must for agricultural countries

Crop Damage survey is a must for agricultural countries

For countries that sustain a substantial part of their economies through agricultural activities in today’s world, crop damage might not be an irrelevant issue anymore. While crop damage occurs to a certain extent every season, in recent years, the severity of the problems that increase the effect of crop damage on the supply side, has […] … learn more→

Thoughts on ‘Deep Work’

Thoughts on ‘Deep Work’

In a recent blog post entitled “How to Stop Flipping”,Inger Newburn outlined the dangers of flipping between tasks without progressing on any of them. Her suggestion was to write a detailed and time bound to-do list, using the example of the literature review. The second dot point advised students to “look in your diary for […] … learn more→

Is big data the future of health care?

Is big data the future of health care?

In recent years, many businesses have found advantages in making analytics a key part of their strategies for growth and efficiency. Health care organizations have also started using big data tools look for more effective outcomes for patients. Leaders use big data to discover new approaches to solving complex problems that deal with providing quality […] … learn more→

“Explaining” Why women aren’t physicists

“Explaining” Why women aren’t physicists

Why are women and girls still so underrepresented in the study and teaching of STEM disciplines?  The question has received a good deal of attention recently, as it should, and one common conclusion is that sexist attitudes and practices, including blatant sexual harassment and discrimination, remain far too common and are often ignored.  See, for […] … learn more→

Are graduates prepared for the job market? Rethinking Africa’s university model

Are graduates prepared for the job market? Rethinking Africa’s university model

Across Africa, students arrive on campuses full of hope that a university degree will improve their lives. The reality is far less certain. In 2014, a British Council study estimated Nigeria’s graduate unemployment at 23.1%. In Kenya, it takes an average of five years for a graduate to find a job. Yet business leaders frequently […] … learn more→

Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefacts

Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefacts

Digital technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives. So it was only a matter of time before the ways people interact with the past and ancient artefacts in museum settings became digital, too. The problem is that technology can be extremely expensive. Many museums just don’t have the funding to obtain, develop […] … learn more→