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The Tea Fund Has Been Closed

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Senior common rooms were for staff whereas junior common rooms were for students, usually located in halls of residence or colleges. Having removed a lot of them it looks like universities are trying to build them in again.

Globally green

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The GreenMetric ranking for 2014 produced by UI has just been published and UK universities do rather well. Especially the University of Nottingham…

Playing at University Leadership

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Filling the university leadership knowledge gap: Paul Greatrix looks at a piece from the Chronicle on a leadership development game run each year by the Academic Leadership and Innovation Institute in the US for future academic leaders.

Beyond puppy rooms

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Lots of universities and students’ unions are being seduced by the idea that puppies can help stressed out students relax and overcome exam jitters. Things have moved to the next level now though.

The new party rules

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Party time is back in Virginia – if you follow the rules. The University of Virginia has reinstated all of its fraternities, pending their acceptance of a new agreement requiring, among other things, that at least three members be “sober and lucid” at all parties.

New Year, New Campus?

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Some interesting campus building developments; Paul Greatrix examines the continuing investment by universities in their buildings many of which are seemingly fantasy inspired.

Signs of the times

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Give us a sign; University signage is perhaps an under-researched area of contemporary higher education. According to a recent report in Vital signs signage is a vital aspect of university life for staff, students and visitors.

REF 2014 Research Power Ranking

The REF 2014 results are now out, six years to the day since the last round. While there are many, many ways to calculate rankings from the data – GPA, “Gold Medals” and Market Share for example – arguably one of the more convincing ones is Research Power.

The Imperfect University: Governance goings on north of the border

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There seem to be governance problems all over UK higher education at the moment. Arguably though some of the biggest governance challenges are currently being faced by institutions in Scotland. One of Mike Russell’s final acts as Education Secretary in the Scottish Government was to launch a consultation on proposals for change to university governance.

Real internships add real value

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A piece by EAB reports on a new Gallup survey showing that students who have internships that apply what they learn in the classroom are more than twice as likely to feel that college has prepared them well for life after graduation.

True Crime on Campus §39: Best of 2014 and vote

It’s the time for reviews of all of the exciting events of the year and 2014 has been another bumper year of campus events for our dedicated Security staff. Here are some of my true crime on campus favourites from the year together with an opportunity to vote for the report you think is the best.

A novel approach to legal compliance?

As part of the University of Nottingham’s response to yet more regulation and changing legislative demands on us we decided to supplement more traditional means of advising staff with a series of video podcasts. The “podbriefings” have been produced by our in-house and external lawyers, together with the University’s video production team.

The impact of universities on the UK & East Midlands economics

A big impact indeed This Universities UK report from earlier in the year on the impact of universities on the UK economy really is a very interesting piece of work which covers the sector’s increasing impact in terms of output, contribution to GDP, job creation, and overseas investment. It also looks at the knock-on effects of […]

GPA v Degree Class: a “Goldilocks” solution?

There has been a debate in UK Higher Education for the past few years about the merits of moving away from traditional degree classifications to a US style Grade Point Average (GPA). A recent piece in the Guardian notes the arguments for moving to GPA in the UK.

Universities learning from cities

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a diverting piece on what cities can teach Higher Education. Essentially the argument is that there are many similarities and that a long term view is necessary to deliver success.