'students' Category

  • Myanmar: a new future through higher education?

    May 10, 2013

    Yesterday I participated in a ‘Myanmar-UK policy dialogue’ organised by the British Council entitled ‘Myanmar: a new future through higher education?’ This got quite a lot of coverage yesterday because the keynote address was given remotely by Aung San Suu Kyi who asked for Britain’s help in reconstructing Myanmar’s dilapidated university system (BBC, Times Higher, […]

  • Britain’s Post-Crisis Accumulation Strategy

    January 29, 2012

    According to today’s Observer, a Swedish company is to be allowed to set up a for-profit school in Britain. Although this development is described as the exploitation of a technicality, actually it seems to reflect the government’s wider strategy for restoring capital accumulation in the wake of the global financial crisis. Theorists from a number […]

  • Misheard Message

    February 10, 2011

    I have a letter in today’s issue of Times Higher Education magazine, rejecting NUS president Aaron Porter’s suggestion that he was subjected to anti-semitic abuse when he was booed and chased off the stage at recent protests in Manchester. As Alex Andrews’ blog made quite clear, Porter was referred to as a ‘Tory too’, not […]

  • Global Uncertainties

    March 14, 2010

    I spent this Wednesday at Redland Green high school in Bristol as part of a joint project between the Research Councils UK and the Institute of Ideas’ Debating Matters competition called ‘Global Uncertainties‘. Debating Matters is a national 6th-form debating competition which I’ve been judging since 2007. RCUK is interested in stimulating debate around core […]

  • OUSU: A Mandate to Do Nothing

    November 16, 2007

    Oxford University Students Union (OUSU) held elections yesterday and the results are now out. They make for very sorry reading and reveal the vast, gaping hole in the Union’s legitimacy. The new president-elect, Lewis Iwu, was elected with 1154 votes out of 2,925 (this after three rounds of transferable voting). There are 19,486 students at […]

  • Censorious Students

    October 21, 2007

    As part of the research for the talk I’m giving at the Battle of Ideas, I spent a while this morning dredging up some examples of things that student unions have banned or censored in recent years. I found all of the following just using Google: Eminem – Sheffield SU, Feb 2001. To ‘create a […]

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