Monthly Archives: March 2017

Should lecturers have to have a formal teaching qualification?

The short answer is “I don’t know” because I haven’t yet taken the time to look at the evidence. It would be hard, though, to argue against lecturers undergoing some sort of ‘teacher’ training since, after all, a major part … Continue reading

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Axl Rose and Progressive Education

Reading this article in Guardian about the worrying decline in the performance of the Scottish Education system, I couldn’t help but think about the words of that great philosopher, Axl Rose. Actually they’re not really his words – they’re from … Continue reading

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The skills shortage paradox

This is the era of STEM. Youngsters are constantly exhorted to forge careers in STEM because, apparently, STEM is where the jobs are. This is the 21st century after all. The STEM campaign has been broadly ‘successful’ and the number … Continue reading

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The missing NOT

Last post should be titled No, Joe, Universities are NOT businesses!

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No, Joe, universities are not businesses

Now, Joe O’Toole is at it. In his rambling article in today’s Irish Times, he perpetuates the idea that third level institutions are slaves to business, churning out graduates who, while qualified and market-ready, are somehow “uneducated”. According to Joe, … Continue reading

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