Tagged: Education

Some of the reasons why I’ll be on strike on Tuesday 3rd Dec

  • Over 10,000 employees in UK universities are paid less than the Living Wage. [1]
  • University vice-chancellors earn around 15 times more than their lowest paid staff – one of the largest pay gaps in the public sector [2]
  • 13% cut in value of pay since 2008 (taking inflation into consideration) [3]
  • Median pay has dropped in absolute terms since 2008 by over 2% [4]
  • “The most vulnerable and the lowest paid jobs, often part-time and fixed term, are disproportionately held by women and BME colleagues” [5]
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Making an effort to meet your students’ needs

“Most of his students were young apprentices in the building trade, and when he walked in to teach his first class he asked them what it was they wanted to learn – what difficulties did they face in their lives that he could really help them with? It turned out that their greatest concern was with lack of sleep. So Colin duly crammed his brain full of the scholarly literature on sleep and set about teaching a term of classes on the art of sleeping. It is a story that has always stayed with me as a teacher, the ultimate example of making an effort to meet your students’ needs.” Roman Krznaric on Colin Ward

Education happens between individuals

“At the most fundamental level, education happens between individuals — a personal connection, however long or short, between mentor and student. Whether it’s personally answering a question raised in class, spending twenty minutes working through a tricky idea in office hours, or spending years of close collaboration in a PhD mentorship relationship, the human connection matters to both sides. It resonates at levels far deeper than the mere conveyance of information — it teaches us how to be social together and sets role models of what it is to perform in a field, to think rigorously, to be professional, and to be intellectually mature.”

(From On Leaving Academia by Terran Lane.)