Category Archives: Education

Welsh Higher Education Madness

During the last few days universities have been concentrating on Clearing, the process whereby students can find places in university courses in the days after they receive their A-level results, and change their plans if their A-levels are significantly different … Continue reading

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Open Access Publishing – but who will pay?*

Today’s Guardian front page offers an encouraging headline: Free access to British scientific research within two years. The idea is that by 2014 all publications of all research which has been funded by the British taxpayer has to be accessible … Continue reading

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British Academia: abandoning the next generation

The fate of young academics in UK universities looks increasingly bleak: the chance to reach paid employment as an academic in the Arts and Humanities increasingly depends not only on talent and a willingness to work hard, but also on … Continue reading

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Well, I am back….

… sweeps away some cobwebs … I guess I have to apologise for leaving my blog behind for so long. It’s been a few busy weeks – any excuses I might make would make a localised version of many points made in this article: Stefan … Continue reading

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Higher Education in the Marketplace

Sometime towards the end of the fifth century BC the young Athenian Xenophon encountered a man in a narrow side street. The man blocked his way and asked where every kind of food was sold. Once he had received a reply, he asked another … Continue reading

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The Word of Gove – or: a King James Bible for Every School?

On Friday, the Guardian reported that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has decided to send a King James Bible to every state school in England. This has triggered a strong critical reaction from some quarters, and I find that I disagree with Michael Gove … Continue reading

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The Welsh Budget and Political Perceptions

Welsh Labour has just managed to agree a deal with the Welsh Liberal Democrats (BBC Report), which will allow them to get their budget through the Assembly. The negotiations have gone on for weeks; all three opposition parties set conditions for … Continue reading

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