Recently, during some particularly thorough literature research, I stumbled on a list of alternative interpretations of the acronym PhD. Most were funny: protein has degraded, parents have doubts. But one froze my face in a bittersweet grimace: paid half of what I deserve.
From the advice you need (but rarely get) to pick the right PhD supervisor, to an extraordinary rant about the idiocy of the research excellence framework, we can now reveal our most-read stories of 2013.
Driving Home for Christmas is the one song guaranteed to make me well up at Christmas. All those adverts of families coming together around the dinner table make me miss my family to the point of sappiness – and they only live two hours away on the train. So what’s it like to be an international student if you can’t get home for Christmas – celebrating in a foreign country away from your family?
With the death of Nelson Mandela – Madiba to South Africans – I’ve wondered if a chance encounter with him almost 20 years ago wasn’t in some way responsible for my academic career and research interest. -
This year has been a significant one for UK higher education, with the government rapidly moving the system away from a state-controlled sector towards a more marketised structure – to the applause of some and the growing malaise of others.
There aren’t a lot of women professors around, particularly in science and engineering. Figures from the Higher Education Statistic Agency (HESA) indicate that only one in five professors are women, even though women make up half of the rest of the academic workforce. There are many reasons for this, but here’s a contributing factor which deeply irritates me: research council sandpits.
When you’re applying for university, the last thing you need on top of exam stress and Ucas woes is a grilling by a top academic. But these days if you want to win a place, regardless of the course you’re applying for, you’re increasingly likely to face an interview
All maps face the challenge of making the globe appear to scale in two dimensions. Most, like the traditional Mercator projection, keep either size or shape consistent — not both — which skews our perception of continents and countries one way or the other.
We’re living in a Web 2.5 kinda world. If that makes no sense to you, check out this chart. It shows that Web 2.0 consists of cautiously adopting technology, schools are still online and offline, and parents still view school as daycare. But we’re evolving past that in short order (in education’s typical pace, that is). So what is Web 3.0 and how will it change education? What does that even mean?