‘Happiness in Higher Education’

Posted in Life on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Abstract: This paper investigates the higher education literature surrounding happiness and related notions: satisfaction, despair, flourishing and well-being. It finds that there is a real dearth of literature relating to profound happiness in higher education: much of the literature using the terms happiness and satisfaction interchangeably as if one were tantamount to the other, such conflation being due to the move towards consumerism within higher education and the marketisation of the sector. What literature there exists that actually deals with the profound happiness of students in higher education, generally argues that in the United Kingdom institutions do not currently do enough to promote happiness in higher education. These findings imply that flourishing, contentment and well-being should be regarded as legitimate goals of higher education, alongside satisfaction and related economic outcomes that are currently promoted across academic and policy literature, university rankings and the National Student Survey.

A Elwick and S Cannizzarro, ‘Happiness in Higher Education’, Higher Education Quarterly, First published online: 19 March 2017.

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A case for a university happiness ranking

Posted in Life on January 16th, 2015 by steve

International“Universities are often ranked using metrics for research income and academic impact, but scores such as those published by the Times Higher Education don’t say much about the quality of life of researchers at those institutions …” (more)

[Chris Woolston, Nature, 15 January]

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Aim for happiness, not perfection

Posted in Life on August 5th, 2010 by steve

“In a speech to the Union of Students National Conference in UCD today (Thursday), Fine Gael Mental Heath Spokesperson, Dan Neville TD, encouraged delegates to concentrate on doing what makes them happy rather than trying to achieve an unattainable idea of perfection …” (more)

[Fine Gael, 5 August]

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Find a little happiness

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2010 by steve

“In the debate about higher education funding and in the context of tuition fees, one of the arguments for fees has always been that a university degree gives a graduate much better career choices and opportunities for earning an attractive income …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 May]

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Higher education does not equal happiness

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2010 by steve

“Put the book down and step away from the library. While you’re at it, forget about the exams and essays. In fact, just forget everything you’ve ever highlighted in a textbook or heard in a lecture hall …” (more)

[Judith Ireland, ABC, 5 May]

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Facebook Research

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2010 by steve

“Day-of-the-week effects have been mentioned on the blog before, including research by Gerard O Neill from Amarach Consulting. A recent article in the New York Times reports that ‘there is a 9.7 percent increase in happiness on Fridays compared with the worst day of the week, Monday’. That is among the discoveries made by Facebook researchers with access to two years of anonymous ‘status updates’ from 100 million users in the United States …” (more)

[Martin Ryan, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 8 January]

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