Hands up who thinks they know how to improve classroom standards just because they once went to school themselves. Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of acting like armchair experts. Whether it’s sorting out bad pupil behaviour or deciding which subjects should be taught, most of us have an opinion. The same principle applies to universities. Those of us with degrees tend to view campus life through the prism of our own student days. But what if our views are hopelessly outdated? Take the popular perception that students ‘go away’ to university. In fact, one in four undergraduates now live at home and travel to lectures. They have a very different experience to those who stay in halls, like I did. Now a new report – compiled by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) – has called for a raft of changes to help these so-called ‘commuter’ students. The findings have been backed by Staffordshire University , which is used as a case … [Read more...] about Staffordshire University in top 20 for ‘commuter’ students
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Family & Education By Rachel Schraer & Ben Butcher BBC Reality Check 23 October 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/education-45447938 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsReality Check Free speech is being threatened at … [Read more...] about Is free speech under threat in universities?
Members of the public will soon be helping to select the next generation of doctors. Keele University is looking for volunteers who can act as lay members on mini-interview panels. They will score prospective medical students as part of the application process. Professor Andrew Hassall, head of Keele’s school of medicine, said: “The public’s view is just as important to us as the views of clinicians or academics, and the volunteers’ scores will count the same as those of the other interviewers. "However, no one will have to make a judgement on whether the school should accept a prospective student, only score their answers to the questions asked. No one person takes the final decision to accept a student or not. Volunteers need to live within 25 miles of the campus, but don’t need any specific education or experience for the role. They should also have good communication skills. Some of the recruits could also get the chance to sit on committees to give … [Read more...] about Public to help pick student doctors at Keele University
Thousands of degree places are still up for grabs as universities resort to ever more competitive tactics to attract students. This year has been dubbed the ‘buyer’s market’ as there are fewer 18-year-olds in the cohort and they have a greater choice of courses. The clearing system will get into full swing on A-level results day tomorrow and people can shop around for spare places. At Staffordshire University, prospective students don’t even need to visit the campus as they can get a virtual tour via Facebook Live. The clearing team is also appealing to the digital-savvy generation via social media platforms. Digital communications officer Laura Allen said: “Following the publication of A-level results last year, we made a number of offers through Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ve experienced a large increase in followers since then. “Much of our social media coverage is student-led, so that anyone who’s interested in … [Read more...] about Major rush to fill spare university places
It took sometime for the year of revolution, 1968, to seep into the conscience of the people of North Staffordshire. Two years in fact. The late spring and the summer of 1970 was a fine one, with the area basking in warm weather. Temperatures were also rising at Keele University which, like other universities, was in the grip of student unrest. It was endemic in Higher Education in Britain in the 70s. I experienced it myself later in the decade at York University. It seemed that the academic year was incomplete without a sit in or demonstration, at some real or imagined injustice. In 1970 Keele was at the centre of the storm and events, which over the subsequent months, would see vandalism, arson and nude sunbathing dominate the nation and local headlines. Discontent surfaced in March, when part of an administration building was mysteriously burned down. Some of the student body were suspicious of the record system feeling these “secret files” concerned the political … [Read more...] about In 1970 Keele was, in the eye of the storm, gripped by student unrest