Monthly Archives: March 2012

Why the Student Debt is Too Damn High

 The arguments used to support nine-grand tuition fees are relatively simple. First, since students are the ‘main beneficiaries’ of higher education, they should also be the main contributors to its cost. Second, the country has a large budget deficit that … Continue reading

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A Classed Experience of the University of Bristol

 It’s easy to get bought into the belief that class divisions are dead and similarly that the ‘widening participation’ policy at the university works a charm and that our student population is diverse. Well, if you were to believe this … Continue reading

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International News

On 29 February thousands of students rallied  in Prague and other major cities across the Czech Republic to protest government reforms they claim would limit academic freedoms. The government’s plans involve placing businessmen and politicians on boards providing academic oversight … Continue reading

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’30 Years in the Racket’; Becoming Redundant in Your 50s

Over the past years some 240 people were made redundant from permanent jobs at the University of Bristol. Although their redundancies were mainly ‘voluntary’, the consequences of losing a job, especially one you once really enjoyed, are horrible. Yet those … Continue reading

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Academia can learn from football

 This is not to say that football is infallible. Far from it. But the sport which academics have historically looked at with so much disdain can teach us a little lesson about the meaning of performance and value. How does … Continue reading

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NEWSFLASH – There is no Alternative… But is There?

Staff at the recently formed University of Lincoln think there can be. The Dean in charge of education, Professor Mike Neary, is trying to challenge the parameters of a higher education system he perceives to be in crisis with its … Continue reading

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On Being ‘Wacky’ and ‘Crazy’

Our readers might find interesting an article on the loss that Dennis Kucinich’s defeat in a Democratic primary last week will be to US politics’. Kucinich has been a strong advocate of liberal principles within (a war-mongering and money-obsessed) Congress, … Continue reading

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