UK University

Britain Should Be A Soft-Power Super-Power

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

It's July 2009 and I'm in Sangin, Helmand province. British 'hard power', in the form of its military and governmental effort to subdue the Taleban, i...

Fresh From The University Reunion

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

I think about that now and I wonder what the university experience would be like if I was going as a teenager now, or even what it would be like if my children go off in 13 years' or so time. The biggest change I think I would feel is the lack of privacy and space to make my mistakes

How Do We Spread The Environmental Message Across Higher Education Institutions?

Louis Sherman | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Louis Sherman

More and more students appear to be wanting to get in on the environmental movement, something I have seen first-hand while at university in Bournemou...

Stop Trying To Get Your Shit Together Because You Probably Won't

Rhiannon Walsh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Walsh

In recent months I have both graduated from university and turned the ripe old age of 23. By juggling a retail job, freelance work and the occasional unpaid personal project, I scramble through most of my days searching for the sweet relief of feeling "Wow...I really have my shit together!", before I pat myself on the back and give a double thumbs up to an invisible camera. But that feeling never seems to come.

The A-Z of the PhD

Heather Jeffrey | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Heather Jeffrey

In advance of academic writing month in November, I thought I'd write about something that I think I know quite a lot about: the process of doing a Ph...

Are UK Universities Scuppering Our Chances Of Creating The Next Zuckerberg?

Joe Sekhon | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Tech
Joe Sekhon

So what's the solution? How can we compete with the US? For me, it's simple enough: UK universities have to put IP education at the top of their enterprise agenda. One way to do this potentially, is to establish a network of IP advice/information centres at each university delivering a nationwide service with uniform standards across the UK.

The Empty Nest Part 2 - He's Gone

Lisa Ives | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Ives

The day finally arrived a week ago Sunday, my son armed with his suitcases and mini-fridge made the journey on to the next stage of his life. I was wondering if the mini-fridge (his request) was a little over the top, but it seems now, he would have been the odd one out without one.

Edinburgh Uni Hit With Measles As Outbreak Sweeps Across City

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The University of Edinburgh has urged students to make sure they are fully vaccinated against measles after NHS Lothian named the university as the ce...

Brunel University Student Arrested Over Suspected Killer Clown Attack On Campus

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A Brunel University student has been arrested following reports a ‘killer clown’ was brandishing a chainsaw on the London campus. Police were cal...

YouTuber Forced To Apologise After Killer Clown Prank Goes Wrong At Brunel University

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A YouTuber believed to be a ‘killer clown’ terrorising students with a chainsaw at Brunel University has been left red-faced after he was forced t...

American University Holds Retreat For White Students To Examine 'White Privilege'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The University of Vermont is set to hold its second annual retreat for white students to allow them to examine what it means to be white. The three d...

Don't Let The Fun Sponges Scrap Freshers' Week

Jacob Furedi | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Furedi

The HMC's unfounded attack on Freshers' fun demonstrated that the booze-bashing brigade is slowly gaining momentum. Ultimately, it needs to shaken, stirred and shoved out of our lives. And, after all the online polls in the world are carried out, there's only way to do this: Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps, please.

Really, How Are You?

Samuel Goh | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Goh

Getting them to talk about their problems is the first step to actually solving them. Who knows - maybe they've been waiting for the day for someone to genuinely want to know how they are doing. Even the most hardy of us long for human compassion once in awhile.

Mentoring For Students - Powerful Lessons Beyond Academia?

Annina Claesson | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Annina Claesson

Mentoring programmes offer an effective way for students to gain insights into the professional world, and help to navigate the confusing undergraduate years. It's clear that universities increasingly value how mentoring can boost their students personally, academically, and professionally.

Arrived At Uni? Here's What To Do Now

Lee McLean | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lee McLean

By now, most new students up and down the country have landed in a brand new city and are in the midst of Fresher's Week. The following few tips are...

Kindness On Campus

Sandi Mann | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sandi Mann

Campus life is typically associated with many attributes, but kindness is not usually one of them. We tend to imagine universities reeking of academic rigour, intensive study, looming deadlines and value-brand baked beans; the warm fragrance of kindness is rarely associated with these ivory towers of learning.

Why I've Decided To Teach Instead Of Just Lecturing

Nick Cartwright | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Nick Cartwright

As we prepare to welcome a new first year to our law degree I'm putting the finishing touches to my materials and uploading everything to the Virtual ...

Social Mobility Is One Of The Best Investments Banks Can Make

Anand Shukla | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Anand Shukla

This damages not just individuals but also wider society and even the banks themselves, with some bankers interviewed for the report acknowledging that a homogenous workforce can engender dangerous 'group think', which may have been one of the causes of the financial crisis.

A New Form Of Education - Islam Yesterday And Today

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

It isn't just the time to limit the radicalisation of the Islam Faith but it is also time to stop the radicalization of our own views. Fine, religion has the potential to be toxic but so do we.

Looking Beyond The Great University Myth: Weighing Up The Options

Shingi Mararike | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Shingi Mararike

This weekend thousands of young people across Britain will leave home to begin their University experience. On the other side of the divide however, growing numbers of school leavers are deciding to dodge the debt and embark on working life by enrolling on apprenticeship schemes.

Mental Health Care Is In Crisis And The Consequences Will Be Fatal

James Woods | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Woods

We need to talk about Mental Health but we also need the Government to address this very stark and real crisis that is unfolding in front of our eyes. A sticking plaster is not sufficient and it never will be.

My Experience Of Student Politics

Hallam Roffey | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hallam Roffey

Student politicians aren't taken seriously enough and it infuriates many of them. Nobody takes student politicians as seriously as they do themselves, something they'll eventually realise when they enter the real world.

Student Gets Blindingly Drunk, Submits Disastrous Essay To Lecturer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

McKenna Clark left her criminal justice assignment to the last minute and - after a drunken night out - realised she desperately needed to submit some...

Brexit Britain: A Foreign Student's Blues

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

All things considered, I am no longer sure I want to stay. The only consideration keeping me here is last year's £18,000 university fee - it would really be a waste not to graduate. I can only hope that as Britons are confronted by a longer non-EU queue at Charles de-Gaulle's airport and the need to apply for a visa for a weekend break in Stockholm, these attitudes will change.

The Dream Killer - Why Going To University Doesn't Mean You Can't Still Be An Entrepreneur

Will Dodge | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Will Dodge

Either way, I feel that if you have the entrepreneurial ability and drive you will be able to achieve your aims. I do also believe that when confronted with this trade off it is always better to have gone to university and have gained that experience and built a business on strong foundations as opposed to not giving university a chance if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to go.