Monthly Archives: May 2020

The pandemic has shown us the imperative for global engagement in higher education

The pandemic has shown us the imperative for global engagement in higher education

There is a great deal of talk about the extent to which online education may transform the post-pandemic academy. But a preoccupation with the virtues or the perils of online education as the dominant pedagogical approach in tertiary education is in essence a concern with how higher education should be delivered. This obscures a more […] … learn more→

Antarctic ice shelves: research reveals a missing piece of the climate puzzle

Antarctic ice shelves: research reveals a missing piece of the climate puzzle

Ice shelves, massive floating bodies of ice, are well-known for their buffering effect on land-based ice sheets as they slow their flow towards the sea. This buffering effect plays an important role in moderating global sea level rise. The Antarctic Peninsula has been experiencing high levels of change during the last 30 years due to atmospheric and […] … learn more→

The history of vape tanks

The history of vape tanks

Vaping technology has taken some fascinating twists and turns over the years, and nowhere is that more evident than in the technology of vape tanks. It’s even fair to say that in the past few years, at least, the technology behind vape tanks has evolved at an even faster rate than the technology behind vaping […] … learn more→

Students should be masters of postgraduate offerings

Students should be masters of postgraduate offerings

The standard model of university education is to recruit students to pre-existing degree programmes, offered by a faculty that has been established over many years or decades. Even when there is the flexibility to create new programmes, these may take a long time to be approved and implemented. Hence, universities’ capacity to create knowledge and […] … learn more→

Five ways online university learning can be better than face-to-face teaching

Five ways online university learning can be better than face-to-face teaching

The University of Cambridge has announced that all lectures will be offered online for the academic year beginning in October 2020. Other UK universities are expected to adopt similar policies, adopting a format which blends online learning with more traditional teaching. The announcement has disappointed and worried students, who are concerned about the potentially poor quality of their educational […] … learn more→

Five suggestions for universal PhD ‘after-care’

Five suggestions for universal PhD ‘after-care’

One of the things that has become  obvious during lockdown is how much more we might do for PhDers contemplating their futures. If ever there was a time to start something better and more supportive for researchers in our care, now is it. There’s obviously a need for much better advice and support for making […] … learn more→

Higher education’s pseudo-market needs better management

Higher education’s pseudo-market needs better management

A year ago, the then UK prime minister Theresa May welcomed a report into higher and further education in England from an independent panel that I chaired. She had asked us to look at both parts of tertiary education together, the first review since Robbins in 1963 to do so. It was a good question […] … learn more→

6 ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education

6 ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer and fewer international students were coming to study in the United States. While the number of international students who newly enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities during the 2015-2016 school year stood at more than 300,000, by the 2018-2019 school year, that number had fallen by about 10% to less than 270,000. […] … learn more→

How to stay focused on goals

How to stay focused on goals

There’s no doubt that our goals are set with good intentions. We want to succeed and reap the benefits that come with making positive changes in our lives. One thing we often fail to account for though is life itself. Just as you prepare to take action, life gets in the way and drains your […] … learn more→

If you took to growing veggies in the coronavirus pandemic, then keep it up when lockdown ends

If you took to growing veggies in the coronavirus pandemic, then keep it up when lockdown ends

The COVID-19 pandemic produced a run on the things people need to produce their own food at home, including vegetable seedlings, seeds and chooks. This turn to self-provisioning was prompted in part by the high price rises for produce – including A$10 cauliflowers and broccoli for A$13 a kilo – and empty veggie shelves in some supermarkets. As well as hitting the […] … learn more→