Tim, 52, a professor from London: Universities are involved in game-playing In my university the metric is that you have to get more firsts than2:1s. This means almost all universities are involved in this game-playing. It is a race to the bottom. When every institution awards 100% first and 2:1 degrees how do we then discriminate between more able and less able students? Even more worryingly what is the worth of that degree if it has been so devalued that everyone gets the best grades? This regrettable grade inflation has already occurred in the school system where they had to invent the A* grade to differentiate at the top end of the ability range. Universities will no doubt have to award first-plus or similar in the future. … [Read more...] about Why are students getting more firsts at university?
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For pensioners the main issue is the access to health cover, since this depends on the reciprocal agreements and, above all, it depends not so much on the EU, as on the UK, and specifically on its being prepared to go on paying the annual contributions – about €2,800 (£2,350) in the case of Italy – per pensioner after Brexit. There is also the issue of the EU health card and continued freedom to travel at no notice within the EU without any bureaucracy or special insurance. The card is issued by the UK, although we live in Italy, and it would be very awkward if it was withdrawn, especially for people living in border areas. Within the Schengen area, it feels not much more than crossing from England to Wales. … [Read more...] about ‘It terrifies me’: Britons in Europe on how Brexit is going to affect them
To improve students’ transition into the workplace, universities are increasingly connecting them with a diverse range of role models. “They need windows into their future, through an education that gets them the skills and practices through which they can master their craft,” says Anderson. “But they also need mirrors which hold up images where they can see themselves reflected in their field as well. Without that they will not be inspired or see it as even possible for them to succeed.” … [Read more...] about ‘I was always told I was unusual’: why so few women design video games