Sour grapes, legitimate grievance or poor decision making? How one student sued her university for £60,000.

For those small number of edu-warriors for whom the weekends represent nothing more than an opportunity to fulminate over minor news stories then this weekend has been a doozy. Most papers carried the story of a student who is suing her alma mater, Anglia Ruskin University, for £60,000 for misrepresenting itself as being a well … Continue reading Sour grapes, legitimate grievance or poor decision making? How one student sued her university for £60,000.

An open letter to schools, colleges & Heads – Academic and careers advice fit for the future. (And mild apologies.)

Let me begin by saying that the title of my book, 'Is your school lying to you?' merely posits the question. It is not accusatory per se and whilst it deliberately courts potential spluttering, we are after all in a commercial market. Despite the glib title though there is a genuine question here, one that … Continue reading An open letter to schools, colleges & Heads – Academic and careers advice fit for the future. (And mild apologies.)

More articles and what not…

What a way to kick off the new half term, back into one of the colleges I work with for two days this week doing interviewing workshops, just firming up dates with the school I work with on oracy and setting up a debating society and an another article published in The Conduit Magazine (http://theconduitmagazine.co.uk/) … Continue reading More articles and what not…

Further adventures in hi-fi.

Hey gang! As part of my shameless self promotion I've been hitting the publicity trail as hard as I can. Naturally there's a reluctance on behalf of many media outlets to speak to me. Or even really acknowledge my emails, but I suspect this has everything to do with their fear of being exposed as … Continue reading Further adventures in hi-fi.

Apprenticeships. It’s time to put up or shut up.

I've spent the better part of 2 years now questioning the need and wisdom for students to be corralled into unnecessary degrees simply to fulfil societal ambition or parental expectation. A stance I stand squarely behind however it's getting pretty hard to defend apprenticeships now too. The introduction of the apprenticeship levy is seen by … Continue reading Apprenticeships. It’s time to put up or shut up.

Guess who’s got a double page spread in the i – paper?

It's me, I don't even have an article today. I can't even link to it because it's only in the old-fashioned, honest to goodness proper newspaper but it's real and I'm in it, featuring an exclusive extract from the new book , out yesterday on Amazon and in good bookshops, you know, the proper ones … Continue reading Guess who’s got a double page spread in the i – paper?

The new Careers Strategy, all mouth, no trousers?

So, as you may know late December brought forth a new Careers Strategy, enshrined in law to prevent schools phoning it when it came to their careers offering. Or so goes the theory, whether it will amount to a hill of beans in reality is something very different. Luckily enough I've read the whole document … Continue reading The new Careers Strategy, all mouth, no trousers?