I will miss visiting Helsinki. Since last August, I have made 8 visits to Finland, including mid-summer and mid-winter. The reason? I have been chairing the international audit of a Finnish university. In this blog, I will offer a few personal reflections on the process.
Thinking about the history of higher education over the last 200 years, some key events spring to mind. The Robbins Report; the Dearing Report; the “cuts” of 1981; the end of the binary divide. However, few people would think of the Universities’ Deputation of 1918.
Ethics review may seem overly bureaucratic to some, but in this blog we argue that a more researcher-committee collaborative process, rather than a gatekeeper ‘tick-box’ role, may help with navigating the ‘ethics ecosystem’ when using new research tools such as social media (SM) data.
A personal view of the Department of Educational Research as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2017.
Academic conferences are the right place to meet like-minded people and advance your own research by discussing, testing, presenting. This was the mind-set when I decided to submit the first paper from my PhD module 1 in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning.
If Billy Elliot taught us one thing, it was that dance isn’t just for girls. Now the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has launched a new project which aims to get more boys on the dance floor and into ballet shoes. It’s a fine aspiration and one which needs more support – but is it really necessary to delve into stereotypical “male” tropes like football and superheros to encourage the next generation of male dancers to come forward?
Experience the world and put your education into context
The Department of Educational Research celebrated the tenth anniversary of the PhD programme in e-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning in April 2017. Much has changed in those ten years, both in advances in digital technologies and in the international context in which all the Department’s study programmes operate.