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Why I Want All Students To Know I Got A 2.2 On My PPE Degree

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October 12, 2014

Over the last five years I have been studying for a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) with the Open University in my spare time… I don’t have a lot of spare time but, as they were topics that interested me and I was reading books on them anyway, I thought why not get… Read More ›

Student Conferences… An Admission

    I attended the British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR) last week at Nottingham University. To be honest I can’t say I was looking forward to it – two days of listening to talks on topics I’m not professionally interested in would be bad enough… but two days of those talks being delivered by… Read More ›

Your First Conference Talk: Short-term Pain for Long-term Gain

  This Saturday (4th May 2013) is the 42nd Annual Student Conference of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, where over 40 undergraduate and postgraduate students from universities across Wales will present their research.  Among the sacrifices that will be made by these students is giving up their Saturday… Read More ›

Where do you draw the line for student ‘indiscretions’?

One of my pet hates is students signing in other (absent) students at lectures or classes –  but probably not for the reason you might think. Ignore the issue of whether there should be an attendance policy at lectures (we have one so just have to deal with it) –  and ignore whether these students… Read More ›

Digital Natives: Wrong Label, Harmful Label

In 2001 Marc Prensky coined the terms ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’ – those who had been born and raised in the digital age in the former group whilst the latter group is made up of the older generations who have learned to deal with technology (in much the same way that an immigrant may… Read More ›

Paris Brown Let Herself Down, But She Had Some Help From Us

I’ve been writing up a paper on why there is no such thing as a ‘digital native’ and will post a preview later in the week.  However, the Paris Brown story that the Daily Mail oh-so-eloquently printed this morning kind of acts as a case-in-point for some of the things I talk about, so I… Read More ›

For Students, Topic Knowledge Isn’t Everything: VLE Resource Knowledge Helps

It is three years ago this month that I had a relatively simple idea – why not prepare our incoming first-year students to use one of our most important university tools, the virtual learning environment (VLE)?  Over the months leading up to the start of the academic year, in conjunction with our university IT department,… Read More ›

The MOOC issue: People’s lives, not course provider’s statistics

The demise of a traditional university learning environment has been predicted for many years, yet still they exist in their varying glories; from the traditional to the new, the small to the large, the grandiose to the ϋber-contemporary.  We have been told that the days of the physical university are over since the start of… Read More ›

Can You Fake Failure Part II: The ‘Alan Sugar Effect’

I’ve been doing some work, but kept thinking about the ‘failure week’ training I wrote about earlier – and it has now really started to annoy me! I really want to know who are in these YouTube clips talking about becoming succesful after failing – because it seems to me that this whole thing is… Read More ›

Can you fake failure?

I was interested by a story on the BBC webpage a couple of days ago about a ‘top girls’ school’ which was having a “failure week” with “an emphasis on having a go rather than playing it safe and perhaps achieving less”. It all certainly appears to be a good idea, teaching pupils resilience, but can… Read More ›