‘Motivated, creative and passionate’ – the words that kill your CV

  How can we break out of the business “buzzword bingo” trap? When in doubt, some of George Orwell’s rules on clarity and simplicity in writing are worth remembering: never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech that you are used to seeing in print; never use a long word where a short […]

Using kaizen to improve higher education courses

(Note: entries like this are my ‘thinking out loud’ as I explore my PhD research topic of innovation in teaching and learning, so are aimed at a very specific audience – me! Feel free to share, quote, comment, argue, contradict etc) This is a summary of a paper by ML ‘Bob’ Emiliani, Using kaizen to […]

A-level music to include female composers after student’s campaign

Jessy McCabe, 17, noticed that Edexcel’s A-level music syllabus featured 63 male composers and no female ones. She contacted Edexcel to make it aware of the situation, but despite the board’s insistence that the music course aims to let students “engage in and extend the appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music”, its […]

Employability v employment

Johnny Rich writing in Times Higher Education (my emphasis): Having failed to introduce differential tuition fees in 2012, the government’s plan B is to allow fee rises for universities that offer “excellent” teaching, as assessed in the teaching excellence framework. This will be judged using “common metrics”, but none of the three proposed so far […]

‘Great snakes!’ Tintin expert appointed UK’s first comics professor

Tintin expert Benoit Peeters has been appointed as the UK’s first ever comics professor, in a move which Lancaster University said marked its “full academic commitment” to comic book art. Peeters, author of a biography of Tintin’s creator Hergé and other titles about the quiffed Belgian adventurer, will take up his three-year post as visiting […]

It’s education, stupid. Or, how the UK risks losing its global creative advantage | Design Council

According to the study, “While Brighton’s creative, design and IT firms grew faster than the local economy and more than 10 times faster than the British economy as a whole, ‘fused’ business grew at more than twice that speed and ‘superfused’ firms grew faster still.” One of the enabling factors that make this sort of […]

Philip Pullman decries ‘terrible state’ of children’s education in the arts

Children’s education in the arts is in a “terrible state” thanks to an obsession with exams and league tables, the award-winning novelist Philip Pullman has said. The author of the His Dark Materials trilogy urged the government to make theatre visits for schools “a firmly established part of the curriculum”, saying he was concerned about […]

John Cridland: Encourage teenagers to study arts so computer games of the future are not designed by ‘spotty nerds’, says CBI boss – Education News – Education – The Independent

Teenagers should be encouraged to study the arts at school to make sure the computer games of tomorrow are not designed by “a spotty nerd”, the head of Britain’s bosses has said. John Cridland, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, wants a drive to persuade schools to adopt the mantra of promoting “STEAM” […]

Students get new video games course

“We are looking for a new type of artist, who understands science and physics – or at the very least has an understanding of what can be done with hardware and software. It’s very difficult to find staff with the right skills,” Mr Franklin says. His own background is in fine arts and video game […]