Hot competition  So you earned your qualification, now what? It is no longer enough to have a degree to guarantee a job. While the expansion of higher education is positive it does mean more competition for graduates in the job market. With the cost of a degree rising, students are rightly expecting a return on […]

Creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, communication. In an age where factual knowledge is available at the click of a button, these are the skills that will be most valuable to our children and to society. Holistic learning A more holistic approach to education has the power to improve these skills. Rather than churning through times tables […]

The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses suggests a lot of choice in online learning providers, but are the resources available truly accessible for all regardless of ability, when some platforms may be primarily founded on only one kind of experience, digital, or pedagogical? Quality of learning is more important than choice  Back in the […]

Charity fund-raisers shock us with images of suffering children; news programmes show idyllic shorelines littered with plastic and rubbish. From the convenience of a TV or phone screen it’s easy to forget these aren’t fictions — they reflect reality. They are signs of bigger issues in the world that many projects and the Sustainable Development […]

“Did you check the website?” – never a welcome question. In an increasingly digital world, this should be an exciting time for universities to lead the way with innovative solutions to improve student and staff experience. Static websites overloaded with poorly laid out information are not that solution. So what can technology do for education? […]

Current climate predictions… The IPCC Long-term Climate Change assessment suggests more regions will undergo adverse climate changes in the near future. This includes greater hot temperature extremes than cold temperature extremes on Earth.  This includes atmospheric circulation changes resulting in broader equatorial dry zones. Not only this, changes to the water cycle are highly likely […]

For decades, economists have treated humans ‘as atomic particles, rather than social beings’. Michael Spence, a Nobel Prize laureate, has argued “Missing from growth are many things: health, distributional aspects of growth patterns, sense of security, freedoms of various kinds, leisure broadly defined, and more.  In May 2019, Prime Minister Arden of New Zealand argued […]

Endangered species, such as leopards, rhinos and the leatherback sea turtle are well-known. However, species are now becoming extinct that were never once discovered. At least 10,000 species will become extinct this year.   The current rate of extinction experienced in the past century is over 100 times higher than the natural background rate of extinction. […]

Rainforests host over 80% of terrestrial plant, animal and insect species known to man. The Brazilian Atlantic rainforest is one of the five most diverse places on Earth, with a large population of endemic species -found nowhere else. There are many different host ecosystems: mangrove swamps, oceanic islands plus deciduous, araucaria and coastal forests.  Rainforests: […]

Today more than forty million people around the world are enslaved or subject to forced labour. Shockingly this number is the highest ever, worse than ever before, three times the transatlantic slave trade. At a time when awareness of human rights is at its strongest, how can people be suffering conditions we associate with the […]