PhD Students: Time to Make Them University Employees?

Universities around the world looking closely at employment rights and research engagement of doctoral candidates. The benefits of treating PhD students as university employees, an issue under consideration by some institutions in the UK and US, have been spotlighted by the recent completion of reforms in Sweden. Changes to the law in Sweden, implementing an 

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Article of the Day: How to Deal with Boring or Mundane Tasks

Use your curiosity to enjoy activities such as washing dishes and organizing. Character strengths have been referred to as our hidden superpowers, as our natural energy sources, and as our best, innermost qualities that make us human. What might surprise you is that your character strengths are more versatile than you realize. It’s obvious that 

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Starting University Classes at 11am or Later Would Improve Learning: New Study

If universities want to encourage better learning, a new study indicates they could do well to restructure their classroom timetables. Using a sample of first- and second-year college students at the University of Nevada-Reno in the US and Britain’s Open University, a group of researchers analyzed students’ cognitive performance throughout the day and found that 

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Matrics 2017: Public University or Private Institution?

People are beginning to understand that public universities and private institutions are subject to the same oversight and regulation. Today’s matriculants have so many more options available for tertiary studies, and can be overwhelmed with making a decision of state vs private education. Education expert Dr Felicity Coughlan of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE), 

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I Have to Turn Kids Away, Psychologist Says as Industry ‘Crisis’ Deepens

Cape Town – Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi must urgently intervene in the funding crisis currently engulfing the field of educational psychology, the Educational Psychology Association of SA (Epassa) has said. Epassa wrote to Motsoaledi this month to say it has become “disillusioned” with the attitude of both the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and the 

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