Are university league tables a good thing or are they causing our education establishments to spend time focusing on the wrong things? The Guardian’s Peter Scott investigates and finds that Universities are manipulating the data they report just to make themselves look good.
Charlotte von Bulow, Chief Executive of Crossfields Institute, says:
‘There are variables and multiple complex factors involved in the following questions: who chooses to go to University, who chooses not to go and who applies and doesn’t get in. There is no doubt that it has become harder to inspire and attract mature part-time students over the years. So, if the data is indeed correct, the overall picture presented in this article is perhaps not surprising. I have to agree with Mike Boxall, however, that we need to look closely at the “more complex recruitment picture faced by universities”. Before we can draw conclusions about trends, we need to investigate the methodologies used in the development of these statistics and we need to look at the recruitment and admissions reality alongside that. Maybe the picture that is presented here is connected with the social mobility question?’
Please see other articles on our blog with regard to the social mobility question.
What were the original ideals of the university and how do they relate to what the university has become today? How can new ideas of ethical, embodied transformative practice help to reimagine and revitalize the university?
The conference is for educators, practitioners and researchers from different disciplines who are interested in innovative approaches to teaching and learning in higher education including:
embodied teaching and learning methods that involve the whole human being in the learning process.
participatory learning that challenges and redefines how valid knowledge is created.
learning that helps students develop into the ethical leaders of the future.
inter-disciplinary practice that bridges the divide between arts, humanities and sciences as a way of opening up new approaches to learning and knowledge.
This collaborative event is organised by the University of Gloucestershire, Crossfields Institute, and Alanus University (Germany), with a contribution from the Ruskin Mill Field Centre
The MSc in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education Integrated Professional Development) is accredited by the University of the West of England, delivered by the Crossfields Institute faculty at the Ruskin Mill Trust Field Centre. The course has been developed as a collaborative venture between colleagues in the Ruskin Mill Trust and Crossfields Institute.
The course was launched in 2012 and we are pleased to congratulate the first graduates:
The Lesley Moore Award for Work-based Learning
The prize is awarded for work-based learning where the learner has demonstrated significant development of higher level skills and knowledge which have impacted on self-development and made a positive difference to practice.
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