A number of recent reports highlight the value of diversity on governing bodies and at senior levels in companies and universities.
It’s a reminder about the opportunity to purchase the exceptionally interesting book ‘Dangerous Medicine’. Now 10 years, yes 10 years, old.
A commentary on what must be the most outstanding university ranking to date. Genius.
An ambitious plan at Colorado State University involves building a new stadium, right at the heart of the campus.
Ranking the rankings – the top 20 rankings ranked.
More campus security teams than ever are carrying guns. In the US, that is.
The US seems much better than the UK at supporting those who leave the armed forces and then enter higher education. Is there something we could learn from here?
All new True Crime on Campus, the first of 2015.
Is the key to improving teaching really just about spreading the money around? Can a plethora of small initiatives really make a long term difference?
The annual comparison of the length of the grant letter with its predecessors yields very little of interest. Pretty much like the content some have suggested.
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.
The GreenMetric ranking for 2014 produced by UI has just been published and UK universities do rather well. Especially the University of Nottingham…
A dozen thoughts about internal influence in universities. Comprises a bit of a random collection of thoughts on a subject about which the author can claim no special expertise.
The latest in a series of worthy or not so worthy recipients of honorary degrees.
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.
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.
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.
Some interesting campus building developments; Paul Greatrix examines the continuing investment by universities in their buildings many of which are seemingly fantasy inspired.
It’s holiday time here too! Paul reminds us of a few of his favourite posts from 2014.
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.
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 University of Nottingham professional services NOOC (Nottingham Open Online Course) ran for the first time in October and November. Thanks to a great deal of work by many colleagues this four week course had a great first run and over 400 members of staff signed up and participated.
Mission admission: Paul Greatrix looks at a video game intended to help encourage applicants to university.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.