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.
I'll just leave this here... http://www.so-cheshire.co.uk/is-your-school-lying-to-you/
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.)
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…
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.
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.
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?
This has little to do with the usual vigorous investigation of the HE firmament or slipshod careers advice practiced in schools and everything to do with the fact that it's a year after I approached a publisher. At that time I had the vague notion that writing a book might just get people to pay … Continue reading It is here! The time is now.
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?