fbpx

Tag Archives: universities

Free speech on campus: universities need to create ‘safe but critical’ spaces for debate – here’s how they can do it

Alison Scott-Baumann, SOAS, University of London and Simon Perfect, SOAS, University of London The issue of free speech in universities continues to plague UK campuses. Earlier this year, the government announced “landmark proposals” to tackle the issue, including appointing a “free speech tsar” and giving the Office for Students powers to sanction institutions deemed to be doing too little to …

Read More »

Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered

Textbook prices are taking a toll on student finances. alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com Amie Freeman, University of South Carolina Editor’s note: The high price of college textbooks has long been a sore point for students. Even though the price reportedly went down by 26% since January 2017 – the first decrease in years – the overall trend in recent years has been a …

Read More »

Free textbooks for first-year university students could help improve retention rates

Textbooks can be costly. from shutterstock.com James Arvanitakis, Western Sydney University Despite 20 years of focus on improving university retention rates, we are still losing one in five of our first-year students. And the release of a new report by TEQSA again reminds us of the challenges of retention. The report highlights that, on average, universities have a 20% attrition …

Read More »

Poorer students are less likely to take part in sport at university

JustPixs/Shutterstock Kerry Griffiths, Sheffield Hallam University Sport has benefits for education as well as for health and wellbeing. Being active can help with concentration, and improve grades. Sport also gives students skills that are valuable in the world of work, such as confidence, team working, leadership and communication skills. These can have a positive impact on future job opportunities. Despite …

Read More »

Healthy soil for healthy plants for healthy humans

The human gut microbiome is a complex system of gazillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protists and archaea that has an enormous effect on our metabolism, health and well‐being. The same holds true for the plant rhizosphere, where the roots are immersed in a soil microbiome that provides plants with important nutrients, protects them from disease and pathogens, and helps them …

Read More »

Universities have invested in online learning – and it can provide students with value for money

fizkes/Shutterstock Kyungmee Lee, Lancaster University As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so does universities’ reliance on online teaching, prompting complaints from students that they are not getting full value from tuition fees. Students who have returned to campus fear that their university experience as a whole is being diminished. Manchester Metropolitan University has moved first-year teaching online as students self-isolate. The …

Read More »

KAUST Research: Potential to conserve reef shark populations

KAUST Research: Potential to conserve reef shark populations

Decades of overexploitation have devastated shark populations, leaving considerable doubt as to their ecological status. Yet much of what is known about sharks has been inferred from catch records in industrial fisheries, whereas far less information is available about sharks that live in coastal habitats3. Here we address this knowledge gap using data from more than 15,000 standardized baited remote …

Read More »

لماذا تقيم الشركات العالمية لموظفيها مبان ضخمة ومكلفة؟

GETTY IMAGES

أوغستين تشافيز و دي.جيه هوباتس باحثان في مجال التصميم الهندسي صدر الصورة،GETTY IMAGES تشيد شركات التكنولوجيا العملاقة مثل “آبل” مقار كبيرة ومُكلفة بشكل هائل. لكن فكرة إقامة مثل هذه المقار، التي تُبنى على طراز الجامعات، ليست جديدة، وإنما تستخدمها الشركات منذ عقود. يتذكر كل من قرأ رواية “ذا سيركل” أو (الدائرة) للكاتب دايف ايغرز تلك اللحظة التي زارت فيها بطلتها …

Read More »

Lab experiments in the pandemic moved online or mailed home to uni students

hxdbzxy/Shutterstock

<figure> <img src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/338458/original/file-20200529-51449-15pz5hk.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&rect=29%2C29%2C4542%2C2807&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip” /> <figcaption> <span class=”attribution”><span class=”source”>hxdbzxy/Shutterstock</span></span> </figcaption> </figure> <span><a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/brian-abbey-104998″>Brian Abbey</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842″>La Trobe University</a></em> and <a href=”https://theconversation.com/profiles/david-hoxley-1083894″>David Hoxley</a>, <em><a href=”https://theconversation.com/institutions/la-trobe-university-842″>La Trobe University</a></em></span> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken university education, with most teaching moved off campus and students learning online at home.</p> <p>But a cornerstone of undergraduate science education has been a challenge: the laboratory class.</p> <p>The real …

Read More »

Universities and government need to rethink their relationship with each other before it’s too late

Shutterstock

Shutterstock Hannah Forsyth, Australian Catholic University I’m reading Thomas Carlyle’s poetic classic, The French Revolution, published in 1837. It occurred to me that the historical narrative of Australian universities and their relationship to government is like that revolution, but in reverse. Carlyle summarised the goal of the French Revolution with the refrain “victorious analysis”. This was the foundation of Australia’s …

Read More »