Could the Apprenticeship Levy Be the Answer to the UK's Diversity Crisis and £63bn Skills Shortage?
The current skills gap costs the UK £63 billion a year, with an estimated 600,000 job vacancies in digital technology alone. There are currently more FTSE100 companies being led by men called David and Steve, than companies led by women and ethnic minorities. Meanwhile, we know that companies that achieve...
Digitisation of Higher Education: Systemic Framework Conditions and Influencing Political Factors
Which factors have a strong systemic influence on the digitisation of higher education? Which can be influenced politically? The authors look at areas of action related to open science and discuss the extent to which future scenarios such as “disruption" can endanger university locations.
In an era in which evidence is being disregarded, scientists need to speak up in support of the pursuit for truth. If we do not successively train our youth to distinguish between truth and falsehood, we are at risk of raising a new generation unused to recognizing truth as derived from evidence.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report outlining key recommendations for graduate programs and the science enterprise. It highlights the need for employers in all sectors to provide financial support for internships and other types of career experiences to students and recent graduates.
An instructor at the University of Washington set off a major debate there and elsewhere over his recent essay in which he says that the low proportion of women in computer science is at this point largely a result of women's choices and is unlikely to change. University officials immediately disputed his claims.
Do Swiss Universities Offer the Best Value for Money?
A meta-analysis combining the most popular university rankings to find out which ones are best, and showing which university offers the best value for the money. Spoiler: Switzerland, for once, is a good deal.