3 October, 2018

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. 

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24 March, 2017

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?

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11 February, 2017

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?

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