Both mainstream and social media are full of stories about online learning in the light of the coronavirus pandemic at the moment, with some very mixed views from both students and academics about what might happen in September and what the online learning experience might be like. Yesterday, Cambridge University declared that it was planning… Continue reading Strange new world? University learning in September 2020 and beyond
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Back in May, the world was a very different place, and having commented on mental health challenges in higher education, I decided to write a post to balance things up a bit, counting my academic blessings. Just a couple of weeks ago (11th March 2020), a catastrophe struck, affecting everyone, everywhere. The World Health Organisation… Continue reading Academic life in a crisis: Counting academic blessings part 2
There has been a lot of recent attention given to the “toxic” culture in the academic world, not least this article from the Times Higher Education (21/11/2019), suggesting ways that academics might get promoted and achieve success by propagating the toxicity. The recommendations include “do nothing for anyone unimportant”, “crush the confidence of students”, and… Continue reading “Toxic” academia: A behaviourist solution?
Approximately a week ago (actually, eight months), I was writing my first blog post for this site, looking forward to my first ever sabbatical. I promised to update readers on my learning experiences, and to share my reflections from my privileged time away from the regular hustle and bustle of academic life. We’re now well… Continue reading Scholarly sabbaticals (part 3): Transitions and other words beginning with T
Yesterday, I presented a talk on transitions into and through higher education from a psychological perspective at the Australian Centre for Applied Psychology (ACAP), in Sydney. Preparing and presenting the talk provoked some reflections on transitions, which I share here. Early in my teaching career, I recognised two key issues that seemed to affect how… Continue reading Transitions into and through university: stories of ducks and fish
In my last blog about the social value of psychology (and other subjects), I mentioned that the Augar review had a lot to say about widening participation and inclusive education, about which I would like to comment. No doubt this will be the first of several related posts on this topic! One issue that struck… Continue reading Augar augers badly for foundation years
Today is an important day for the higher education sector, with the publication of the long-awaited Augar report. My intention here is not to comment on the whole report. There is much that I could (and probably should) comment on, particularly around inclusive education, but I have a writing deadline approaching, so I’m trying to… Continue reading The value of higher education: psychology (and other stories)
Yesterday, I blogged about the apparent mental health crisis in higher education, affecting both students and staff. Given some of the comments in the media, and from academics on social media, you might be forgiven for thinking that no sane person would ever consider an academic career! Numerous current PhD students are hoping to achieve… Continue reading Counting my (academic) blessings
Much attention has (appropriately) been given to student mental health in higher education, while the wellbeing of those of us who work in universities has been less prominent in the news – with the exception of a few high profile, tragic cases of suicide. Back in February, The Duchess of Cambridge called for increased action… Continue reading Pressure vessels: comment on HEPI report on mental health trends in university staff
This blog was first posted at https://onehe.org/2019/02/07/a-maverick-in-your-midst/ on 7 February 2019 I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about career development. Firstly, I was privileged to speak at a couple of conferences for students about careers in psychology, which made me reflect on how ‘long and winding’ my career path had been (why take the… Continue reading A maverick in your midst