What do I do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?

If the *shudder* unthinkable happens and you find yourself holding a family meeting with much hand wringing and chest beating it can mean only one thing - your child has confessed to not wanting to go to university. 'How could this happen?', you ask yourself, 'we have books, they eat brie etc etc etc.' Well … Continue reading What do I do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?

SHOCK! UK universities in the firing line by the OECD, graduates can’t read good.

For regular readers of my blog, students I work with and those lucky half dozen who bought my book, this will be a familiar refrain so excuse me whilst I fulminate, for new readers - you'll likely know this anyway but such is the nature of the edu-echo-chamber. So... once more UK universities are back … Continue reading SHOCK! UK universities in the firing line by the OECD, graduates can’t read good.

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.

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.

1st class degree bonanza!

I wrote back in July last year of the sordid levels of grade inflation that has been running unchecked in UK universities over the last few years (44% rise in firsts over a five year period) and they are back in the news today with further giveaways. In 2012-2013, when the higher fees were introduced … Continue reading 1st class degree bonanza!

How to help your teenagers with school and university decision making, even when you’re short on time.

This was first published on http://www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk , an online repository of advice, news and ideas for working parents. Follow the link to see it in its full original glory with pictures and everything! Compromise. Trade off. Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Burning the candle at both ends. Any way you phrase it, the work-life balance … Continue reading How to help your teenagers with school and university decision making, even when you’re short on time.

What to do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?

If the *shudder* unthinkable happens and you find yourself holding a family meeting with much hand wringing and chest beating it can mean only one thing - your child has confessed to not wanting to go to university. 'How could this happen?', you ask yourself, 'we have books, they eat brie etc etc etc.' Well … Continue reading What to do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?

Talk Health Partnership Part Deux (2nd collaborative blog) – What can parents do to help support their kids?

Rather than try and dress this up in a clever way in order to justify the post, please just follow the link and if you enjoy it give it a thumbs up! http://www.talkhealthpartnership.com/blog/2017/11/3-simple-steps-to-help-define-and-secure-your-childs-future-and-take-a-load-off-too/

Your future doesn’t have to tick a box for someone else.

People understand what you're talking about if you mention 'The American Dream' - the idea of grabbing yourself by the bootstraps and taking whatever part of the world you want to take hold of and making it yours. Soaring wealth and opportunity are the promise, indeed the birthright of our continental cousins. But talk about … Continue reading Your future doesn’t have to tick a box for someone else.

When it rains it pours…

After last week's gloomy assessment that I might be forever relegated to sitting on the sidelines shouting like an insane street preacher about careers advice (and I still may), there was a break in the weather and I'm happy to report that two buses came along at once. How's that for a mixed metaphor? Today … Continue reading When it rains it pours…