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University of East Anglia is daftest campus in UK


graduation_hat_tassel_flip_anim_500_wht_14455And not in a good way. The students there have already banned Tate & Lyle sugar from the campus shop, blocked six nations rugby being screened in the union bar, boycotted Starbucks and Nestlé, banned the dale of red-top newspapers (page 3) stopped sombreros being given out (cultural appropriation), and tried to ban UKIP from speaking there as it would make students feel less safe and secure.

I understand some of these e.g. companies who avoid paying tax or discourage breast-feeding in poor countries (I boycott Nestlé products myself for that reason).

Fossil fuel extraction and global warming is  matter of opinion and I’m for anything Emma Thompson and her luvvie friends are against on principle.

The university has provided day-time sleeping berths for hungover students. Why you might ask.

And their latest idea? Asking students not to throw their mortar boards in the air on graduation photos in case anyone…

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English kids are not as clever as they’ve been told


Forget all the A* stuff. When it comes to global comparisons our kids are not doing very well at all.

They are the most illiterate in the developed world, according to a survey by the OECD.

It warned that many young people are graduating with only a basic grasp of English and Maths and are unlikely to be able to get a job in which they can afford to pay off their student loans.

English teenagers aged 16-19 were rated the worst of 23 developed nations in literacy and 22nd in numeracy. In contrast pensioners or those close to retirement age were among the highest ranked of their age group.

Most illiterate nations

  1. England
  2. Spain
  3. US
  4. Italy
  5. school_children_holding_learn_blocks_1600_wht_12276France
  6. Ireland
  7. Canada
  8. Austria
  9. Northern Ireland
  10. Germany
  11. Norway
  12. Sweden
  13. Denmark
  14. Slovak Republic
  15. Czech Republic
  16. Belgium
  17. Australia
  18. Poland
  19. Estonia
  20. Finland
  21. The Netherlands
  22. Japan
  23. Korea

The number of low-skilled people in England is three times…

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Helicopter Parents damage their kids


The fury over Brock Turner, the Stanford University student who was imprisoned for 6 months after sexually assaulting a woman who was too drunk to know what she was doing, has not only raised the issue of leniency for sports stars (sentenced by a judge with sports credentials) but also the influence of parents.

His father wrote the court arguing that a prison sentence was “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action“.

A former dean at the university, Julie Lythcott-Haims, said that it was consistent with a phenomenon she had witnesses developing at the university: helicopter parents.

During her tenure she said parents e-mailed professors to complain about their children’s grades, intervened in dormitory disputes, and refused to let their children grow up and take respocibility for their lives.

The father’s statement seems to me to be siding with his son at all…

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Get your First or 2:1 here…………satisfaction guaranteed………………….!

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Colleges hit by grade inflation row as EVERYONE gets a top degree on dozens of university courses

  • More than 50 university courses across UK awarded students a First or 2:1
  • Number achieving 2:1 or above has leapt over five years at some institutions
  • Critics say grades have been pushed up as a ‘marketing ploy’
  • Universities said the rises reflected improvements in A-level grades

Top degrees have been awarded to every single student on dozens of British degree courses, a Mail on Sunday investigation into ‘rampant’ grade inflation has found.

On more than 50 courses at universities across the country, in subjects ranging from engineering to English, 100 per cent of students were awarded a First or a 2:1.

At some institutions, the proportion of students achieving at least a 2:1 – a key requirement for many employers – has leapt over the past five years.

On more than 50 courses at universities across the country, in subjects ranging from engineering to English, 100 per cent of students were awarded a First or a 2:1On more than 50 courses at…

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Sir David Bell and “Employability” Part 2

Sometimes you wonder about our education system and the people who lead it

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I wrote a little while ago about Sir David Bells commentsabout the need to not get drawnPoratrait of Sir David Bell new Vice Chancellor to Thne Universi into focusing on “employability” issues and expressed my dismay at such comments. I understand there has been a bit of a backlash from Careers Advisers and Academic Staff in the HE sector to his remarks.

Out of curiosity I went and had a look at the University of Reading website and came across a strategy consultation document issued by the said Sir David Bell and I have published an extract below.

Now I don’t know whether it is me, but I am damned if I can find any reference to “employability strategy” “preparation and equipping of student for the transition to work” or “developing appropriate work related skills” although there is a very bland “one liner referring to “improving employment prospects of students”.

The focus of the document seems to be more…

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