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Universities enter brave new world with mix ’n’ match courses

Alice Todd didn’t expect to find herself camping on Dorset heathland surveying flora and pollination when she first filled in her university application form. She applied to study zoology but just missed the grades, and then found a course in ecology and wildlife conservation through clearing.<p>“I’d …

College & University

Student surveys are destroying my confidence, says new academic

When I walked into a classroom to deliver my first lecture, early in 2014, I was terrified. Not long out of undergraduate studies myself, I felt like an imposter. Nervousness flooded every inch of my body and, once the lecture had finished, it immediately became a blur in my mind.<p>My students have …

Higher Education

The tale of a modified PlayStation 4 controller means more than a heartwarming gesture

When Alex Nawabi adapted a controller for someone with cerebral palsy, he reopened a whole avenue of experience<p>At the beginning of March, 21-year-old PlayStation owner Peter Byrne sent an email to Sony. Byrne has cerebral palsy and he found that his left hand was hitting the large touchpad in the …

Gaming Industry

Teachers back motion calling for Prevent strategy to be scrapped

Teachers have voted overwhelmingly to reject the government’s Prevent strategy, designed to tackle extremism, over concerns that it causes “suspicion in the classroom and confusion in the staffroom”.<p>At the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Brighton, a motion was backed calling for …

United Kingdom

7 Habits Of Parents Who Leave The Office At 5 P.M. Guilt-Free

Putting in late nights at the office doesn’t always mean you are working harder. Here’s how to structure your days to get everything done.<p>If you’re still at the office after 6 p.m., the problem probably isn’t your workload; you might not be working efficiently.<p>“It’s extremely difficult if not …

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

Ever find that it’s noon and you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.<p>I recently got to work an hour early. I had one goal in mind: world-domination, early-morning productivity. I made coffee, opened my email inbox, and the next …

Fast Company

7 EMAIL HABITS YOU NEED TO BREAK<p>1. Over-copying people on emails.<br>"We hit ‘reply all’ way too much,’" says Peggy Duncan, productivity expert, and …

Zenify Helps Improve Your Focus and Mindfulness

Android/iOS: Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword lately, but what it essentially comes down to is being present and focused. For some of us, …

The National Student Survey should be abolished before it does any more harm

The annual ritual of the publication of the National Student Survey (NSS) results has triggered fevered data dissection at universities across the UK this week. But the analysis, and the subsequent press releases and poster campaigns, represent merely a stage in a continual cycle of NSS-driven …

Higher Education

The Art And Science Of Giving And Receiving Criticism At Work

Understanding the psychology of criticism can help you give better feedback and better deal with negative reviews.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is part of “10 Ways To Be A Better Employee In 2015.” Read the full list here.</i><p>No matter what we do or how well we do it, some criticism is eventually going …

Hundreds Of Mountaineers Climb The Alps For Epic Photoshoot

The sheer cliff wall or snowy, wind-blasted peak of an icy mountain is a rough place to create large-scale photographic works of art, but that’s …

Why You Can’t Learn To Code Without Open Source

By Steven Melendez3 minute Read<p>Tech companies want to see computer science students learning the tools and techniques necessary to contribute to …

YouTube, apps and Minecraft: digital kids and the future of children’s media

In 2014, children are playing Minecraft, watching YouTube and playing with apps – but they’re also still reading books, watching TV and playing with toys. Kids are more digital, but that doesn’t mean they’re abandoning traditional sources of entertainment.<p>That makes an event like the Children’s …

Stem skills: colleges are failing to meet industry needs

The majority of science, technology, engineering and maths curriculums in colleges are not fit-for-purpose, according to a new review<p>Our report, published today, could make uncomfortable reading for further education institutions. Based on consultations with more than 100 Stem-based companies …

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Getting Out of Bed for a Morning Workout

You can totally wake yourself up for a.m. exercise! You're just going to have to pull a fast one...on yourself.<p>You've tried to become one of those morning workout people (gotta love 'em!), but when that dreaded alarm goes off, your body is all, 'No. Just no.' And by the time your mind remembers …

Fitness

Five-Minute Abs Workout Video

And for tons more super efficient, total-body toning workouts, definitely pick up a copy of Jen's book, <i>Shape Up Shortcuts</i>.<p><i>*Video shot, produced, and edited by Jen Weaver,</i> Women's Health <i>associate video editor.</i>

How To Reboot A Bad Day In 10 Minutes Or Less

When your day seems like it’s imploding, here are four ways to hit the reset button to clear your mind.<p>We’ve all been there. Your boss schedules an emergency meeting on top of an already jam-packed day. A client calls with a last-minute project. And your new mattress delivery has been rescheduled …

10 Secrets to Influencing Absolutely Anyone | Inc.com

Ever wish you were better at getting people to do what you want? You can be. All it takes is practice and desire.<p>I know this from experience. When I first got involved in the American Society of Journalists and Authors, I quickly learned a few things about freelance writers. They're (mostly) …

Body Language

Why The Office Is The Worst Place For Work

Not getting any work done? Get out of the office to get in the zone.<p>Despite the fact that many of us spend 40 hours or more a week in offices, it’s likely not the place where you’re most productive.<p>Jason Fried, author of <i>Remote: Office Not Required</i> says the majority of office workers don’t actually …

Why Mindfulness Is The Antidote To Multitasking

Research shows that people who multitask all the time can’t sustain their attention, even when they shut off all their devices. Training yourself in mindfulness might be the answer.<p>“People who multitask all the time can’t filter out irrelevancy,” Stanford researcher Clifford Nass told NPR, noting …

7 Obstacles Keeping You From Change

Learning isn’t done through memorization or new knowledge–it’s in your actions every day. Here’s how you might be standing in your own way.<p>Face it: We’re all just a bunch of old dogs trying to learn new tricks. Whether we’re making resolutions, trying to gain new skills or vowing to kick bad …

10 New Books You Need to Read This Year

From biographies to technical studies and step-by-step guides, here are 10 books that you should look for in the next few months.<p>Of course, we think you can learn a lot online. But, if you’re looking to take a deeper dive, there is often no substitute for the kind of thoughtful analysis you can get …

How To Seize Your Most Productive Hours To Get Things Done

Getting into a flow isn’t easy when so many obligations are grabbing at your prime time. Here’s how to tame the day.<p>It’s standard time management advice: match your most difficult tasks to your most productive times. But what if seizing your most productive hours is easier said than done?<p>I was …

Secret Teacher: why I've given up my dream job in teaching

You would think that the PGCE year, complete with 24 weeks of teaching practice, would be a good time to realise that you hate being a teacher. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for me. By the end of my second newly-qualified teacher (NQT) term, I had gone from being filled with pride at my job …

5 Career Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Career experts shed light on the missteps we make without even realizing, whether at the office or in the trenches of a job hunt.<p>Whatever your chosen profession, we all have something in common: We’re trying to do the best we can in our careers.<p>Of course we aren’t going to gossip about our boss, …

9 Essential Principles to Create, Lead, and Sustain

How to work with yourself and others. The newest problems of the world find solutions in the oldest timeless practices like mindfulness, authenticity, and devotion.<p>With the cascade of new technologies and social changes, we are constantly challenged to spark creativity, drive innovation, and ensure …

Answering Work Emails On Your Phone At Night Makes You Bad At Work The Next Day

An “always on” work style may make you less responsible than you thought.<p>Having a job that requires you to be “on” all the time is something of a badge of honor in today’s tenuous economy. It’s also incredibly unhealthy.<p>There’s one behavior in particular that a new pair of studies found ruined the …

Self Control

8 Job Interview Red Flags That You Need To Watch Out For

Is your interviewer late, or asking personal questions? Why can’t anyone describe the job you’re applying for? Yeah, you might want to rethink that offer.<p>Sure, job interviews are nerve-racking–especially if it’s a role you really want.<p>But when you’re in the throes of printing out résumés, …

10 Annoying, Irritating, And Absolutely Unbearable Co-Worker Behaviors That You Deal With Every Day

Oh look, your coworker’s changing his pants in his cubicle again.<p>Last week we asked you to share the worst things about working in an open-office. But we also threw in a bonus question:<p>What annoying co-worker behavior are you forced to tolerate?<p><b>The Great Open-Office Debate</b><p>“The Ten Worst Things …