Dephyne Murray, the 72-year-old Fort Hare lecturer who just received her PhD in nursing, researched how divorce affects nurses, and the support they need.
For the second time in my academic career, I am coming to the end of a degree qualification. Come June, I shall be graduating from student life for the last time, as I finish off my Masters in Science Journalism...
For many people these days a 'masters' is the automatic next step after a three-year undergraduate degree. It deepens the knowledge gained during a first course of study and, in theory, sets you up with everything you need to know for working life after higher education.
While many a Brit is accustomed to televised snooker, the game is still relatively unknown in many corners of the world. I grew up in the states and I'd never even seen a snooker table before I moved to Europe a few years ago. Pool remains the preferred cue sport in my nation of origin.
This critical voice is paramount because if it's encouraging, the words come; they made not be good words but they're allowed fill the page. If the voice is too critical, the words never become ink. That's what's going on with me lately. I look at the words I produced for my dissertation and the words I'm now putting on the page and I feel like I've regressed...
More graduates are ditching travelling to Thailand and opting for a slightly more intellectual "gap yah": a masters degree
Today, I have had to defer my place until September 2014 and belatedly join many of my fellow-graduates still in the search for full-time work. The reason for this last minute deferment was that, having exhausted every possible option, the deadline to pay the first installment of course fees arrived and I did not have the money.
As a postgraduate recruiter once told me, "These days, it's next to impossible to secure a job with a BA. Just like in Europe, MAs are becoming a necessity". If this assertion holds true, then we truly live in a rather sorry state of affairs. Rather than a university education empowering students, the necessity of advanced degrees seem to illustrate how the higher education industry has profited from student vulnerability.
Graduating represents a strange time in one's life. The structure of education collapses within an instant - no longer are summer holidays at least six weeks long and timetabled lectures and seminars that are sporadically spread across the week are removed and replaced with the daily 9-5 slog.
After a Masters that was tied up in controversy on Saturday morning after Tiger Woods narrowly escaped disqualification from the tournament, yesterday Angel Cabrera and Adam Scott proved that golf is still a game of integrity.
Bubba Watson, with his pink driver, likes to do things a little differently, but it is unlikely the Augusta members will
This was a jam-packed seminar and a jam-packed stage, with lots of passionate views. So congratulations to moderator David Pemsel for quickly popping the arguments over "who had the biggest data"... and focusing instead on data as an enabler.
Any government concerned about the future of the British economy needs to acknowledge the issues surrounding postgraduate education and commence building this system as speedily as possible.
The answer might be a master's degree. An extra year of specialist study to rack up your employability sounds to the uninitiated like a bomb proof idea. The problem is the cost. While students have spent the last three years protesting about undergraduate fees the issue of master's fees has gone unchallenged.
The first thing you have to consider is whether you want to go back into higher education. You should be asking yourself some practical questions: Do I enjoy the academic challenge of higher education? Will graduate study add value to an application for my desired career? Is the cost worth it?
'Money can't buy feelings,' Mick tells me. We're sitting in Piccadilly Square, central Manchester. Strange faces, foreign accents and new buildings surround me. It's my first week in this city; I'm feeling overwhelmed. I'm here to do a Masters in Creative Writing.
A dedicated pupil sat a 12-hour exam in order to pursue his dream of going to university- despite not being able to walk