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…

New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?

Maybe it's the time of year, maybe it got posted at the wrong hour of the day, who knows, what makes one post soar like an eagle and another sink like the Titanic? My last post didn't get a huge amount of love or views from any quarter and rather than accept defeat graciously I've … Continue reading New year, new you? Or rather new academic year/start of real life – what to do now?

What next? The results are in, what next for A level students, freshers and graduates?

As the dust settles on the 2017 results season, as we say goodbye to smug pairs of grinning twins holding up their matching A*s for the delight of a facile press let's turn our attention to what happens next. With three distinct sets of those in receipt of exam board judgement there will be losers, … Continue reading What next? The results are in, what next for A level students, freshers and graduates?