Funding HE in the wake of Browne

November 19, 2010 / 0 comments

The Higher education policy institute (an independent think tank) have recently published an analysis of the Browne review and the governments subsequent proposals on student funding, and it makes for interesting reading. You can read the details on the HEPI site here; the “executive summary” is fairly short and readable. The department for Business, Innovation…

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November 18, 2010 / 0 comments

Last weekend I went to Gregynog Hall (the University of Wales conference centre) to help out with a weekend of activities to support 2nd year students getting ready to take a year in industry. I’ve not had much experience of this kind of event before – they didn’t do anything like it in Leeds –…

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WTech Cymru

November 15, 2010 / 1 comment

The weekend before last was WTech Cymru – a one day conference for women-in-tech-in-Wales. You might think that’s a small potential audience, what with “Women in Tech” being a small group, and Wales being a small country, but it was really rather well attended. I think there were about 100 people there (maybe 80? I’m…

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75 miles to the nearest escalator

November 1, 2010 / 7 comments

“Tell me, I hear they have cappuccino in Aberystwyth now. Is it true?” “Yes,” I said. “It’s true.” The man smiled and gave a slight shake of his head. “My, my. And an escalator? I hear there is an escalator there now?” “No, I don’t think so. I think the nearest one is still in…

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