A vagabond traveler whose first love is the written word, I advocate for continuous learning, cycling, and the joy only a beloved pet can bring. There is plenty else I am passionate about, but those three should do it, for now.
The new conservative government will preside over us for the next five years, bringing new laws into practice, while scrapping other (important) ones in the process. Britain, now fully in the hands of the Tories (besides Scotland who, thankfully have an SNP majority), will change drastically, and while a handful of us have the privilege of remaining relatively […]
In this world of constant connectivity and good road and transport systems, should it matter where you live if you want to go to university? Evidently, it does. A recent Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) study of how many university places are available around England shows provision is still concentrated on the cities […]
Did you know that universities up and down the nation are responsible for setting their own standards? I know, it surprised me too. At the moment, with the present fees of £9,000 per year, it’s hardly surprising that students are considered consumers – almost to the degree (pardon the pun) where their consumer nature outweighs […]
Excuse me a second while I serve myself a nice slice of humble pie. It would appear my image of doom and gloom in the university world is not eternal. It would appear that, despite soaring fees and rising numbers of complaints amongst students, there are little pieces of good news that we can take […]
I could start with the usual clichés about increases in student fees and value for money and the like, couldn’t I? Well, if we’re honest that’s the main concern of students and parents, all who want to make sure that if the government wants to saddle us with debt for the next 20-odd years, at […]
We hear it all of the time. Exams are getting easier, and standards are slipping. Degrees are not what they once were – everyone leaves with a good degree these days. But is this belief actually backed up by reality? University grades are improving – fact. Statistics for all British universities show that, over the past […]