The problem with Stem

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably knows that I have a bit of a problem with the term ‘Stem’. ‘Stem’ covers everything from botany to theoretical physics to mechanical engineering. ‘Stem’ is more than a harmless acronym; it represents an attempt at a unification of the various science and technology disciplines to create a sort of super-discipline …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 13 February]

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Bringing the HE policy community closer together

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“The HE policy community needs more opportunities to learn from each other and share ideas. That’s why we’ve started a series of free evening events with the UPP Foundation …” (more)

[Mark Leach, Wonkhe, 13 February]

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Seminar: Peter Cassells, ‘Funding Higher Education: How And Why?’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The ISPA, in association with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD, will host this seminar. It will consist of a presentation from Peter Cassells with an opportunity afterwards for questions and discussion. The seminar is free to attend and ISPA membership forms will be available on the night …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 February]

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Grangegorman residents fear planned student blocks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Apartment blocks for almost 8,000 students are planned or under way in the north inner city, with more than half of those within 500 metres of the new Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) campus at Grangegorman, figures show. If all of the 23 proposed apartment complexes are built, one third of all the student bedspaces the Higher Education Authority says are required to meet the national shortfall of 25,000 would be in Dublin’s north inner city …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Belfast’s Holyland: ‘Magaluf-type party land’ for students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“Debate rages as to whether the south Belfast area densely populated by students is called the Holyland or the Holylands, but what is unanimously agreed is that antisocial behaviour has been an issue there for many years. Holyland resident Bríd Ruddy has lived in the area …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Learning spaces of the third kind

Posted in Teaching on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“The first kind of space was highly organised. In these ‘class’ rooms, our students gathered, seated in rows, facing toward a single part of the space – the front. At the front of the classroom were all of the important things, such as the teacher, and of course, the teacher’s tools …” (more)

[Learning with ‘e’s, 12 February]

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Be Wary of a Funding Model that Sells £4 Billion of Student Loans to Investors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UK government has announced it is to begin selling off £4 billion of loans that first become eligible for repayment between 2002 and 2006. This is the first of a four-year programme of loan sales to take place. This should be worrying for a number of reasons …” (more)

[University Times, 12 February]

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You only get what you pay for. Or do you?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“For as long as students have been paying (at least in part and/or in arrears) for their university education, an entire cadre of sector types have been arguing that when students are seen as consumers, bad things happen …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 13 February]

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