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Here We Go Again...

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I shall be doing some part-time Philosophy teaching again this academic year, and the start of term at Durham is fast approaching. What news comes from elsewhere in the sector to fill us with optimistic keenness and pedagogical vigour? This news:

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Hard Work In Soft Bindings

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This is the version of the thesis which will be used in the Viva: two copies for the examiners, and one for me.

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Broadening the Mind?

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New College of the Humanities (NCH) will offer the ‘highest-quality’ education to ‘gifted’ undergraduates, its creators say... The college will prepare undergraduates for degrees in law, economics, history, philosophy and English literature. Students will also take three ‘intellectual skills’ modules in science literacy, logic and critical thinking and applied ethics.
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Things I’d Like to Know About Why Exam Scripts Turn Out As They Do

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Is the high level of risk-aversion we keep seeing related to candidates’ anticipated future prospects? (‘Pedestrian’ is the word one of the senior staff has been kicking around for the past couple of years; ‘workmanlike’ tends to be mine. It’s not outright flawed work, but it’s targetting adequacy when many candidates could be showing more evidence …

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Wrestling the Anti-Hydra

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Keele may have got a reprieve, but with impeccable timing, managers at Greenwich have decided to debase themselves in turn:

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To Sin Twice Against Philosophy

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Keele this time, and applied ethics especially:

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The Glorious New Student-Led Market In Higher Education...

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Anticipatory student graffiti in Durham...apparently looks like this:

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The Present Will Still Be Here, Just Differently Distributed

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I seem to keep reading that an increase in tuition fees, whatever its faults, will at any rate create such a force of implacable demand for efficacious teaching that universities will be obliged to push their pedagogical standards strongly upwards. It will be illuminating to see whether this comes to pass.

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My Timing...

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...is clearly impeccable.

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