Government must play a role in sustainability solutions
Government has a huge part to play in ensuring that sustainability is put at the forefront of our minds. Without its endorsement, it can be tricky for sustainability to seem relevant and practical in our daily lives. But government should not see sustainable practise as a burden: it is an opportunity for growth and for change. Governments - local and national - have the ability to motivate us to transform crises into opportunities, and many governments around the world are responding to the plastics crisis by creating interventions to help us create a more sustainable society.Read More
How can corporate interests also be sustainable?
‘Sustainability’ is a word we hear a lot from corporations nowadays. But are they just paying lip service to the latest eco buzzword, or is it a concept that can genuinely be incorporated into business practice while maintaining economic success? 66% of global consumers and 73% of millenials are willing to pay more for sustainable brands. Rather than making money with inbuilt obsolescence, there is a clear path for corporations to build a reputation for sustainability via durable and repairable goods. This is the crucial first step in supporting circular economies ...Read More
Sustainability – You CAN make a difference as an individual!
While government and corporations have a huge role to play in sustainability, we also have a responsibility to take ownership of our own significant impact too. Not only will this have an immediate impact in our own small way, but the message to corporations and government will be crystallised: sustainability is relevant and important. We need to buy less, share more, and redress our values. Increasing the sharing economy: Cars are parked 95% of the time. Somehow this is a surprising statistic. But how many of your possessions have you actually used today? Or even this week or this month?Read More
Going Beyond Teaching Quality
When I think of the current debate around the marketisation of HE, the theme of meeting student needs could help square the circle between public good and markets. Students have a right to expect more from HE Imagine what the world would be like without higher education (HE) - no knowledge sharing, no research, no student communities. It’s easy to see that it would be less civilised and less progressive - perhaps taking us back to pre-Enlightenment times when social development was often driven by beliefs and superstitions and less by reason and evidence.Read More
Why employers should listen to the Millennial generation
Often castigated in the media, you might be tempted just to ignore the Millennial generation. Do so at your peril though as this rather unique generation has something to offer. Most reports in the media highlight the generational gap with Generation X and the Baby Boomers and outline traits they say Millennials exhibit, such as having higher levels of selfishness, a sense of entitlement, a higher need of social recognition, a desire to having an impact on society and, of course, being much more technologically savvy than previous generations. But why are Millennials such a unique generation?Read More
Are employers changing the university paradigm?
It was never a dilemma a decade ago. Apprentices were supposed to be hired to learn on the job and graduates to be hired ready to start work, meaning that there was a preference to hire graduates over apprentices. But during my research on the talent gap, I have come across new evidence that suggests this is changing, as more employers are starting to hire more apprentices. The Association of Graduate Recruiters recently reported that apprentice vacancies have increased 24 per cent last year, and graduates, only 2 per cent. Is this phenomenon an opportunity to close the talent gap?Read More