Does it matter where students sit in lecture halls?

Lectures are a staple of higher education, and understanding how students interact and learn within the lecture theatre environment is central to successful learning. In a new study published in FEBS Open Bio, researchers examined students’ reasons for choosing particular seats in a lecture hall, and investigated how seating positions correlate with student performance. Many students … Continue reading Does it matter where students sit in lecture halls?

IDRC tool evaluates global south research

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have recently announced a new research evaluation tool, ‘Research Quality Plus (RQ+)’, which will give more importance to local context when determining the legitimacy of research. In an article from the journal ‘Nature’, Jean Lebel (IDRC president) and Robert McLean (an IDRC senior program specialist) describe the limitations of … Continue reading IDRC tool evaluates global south research

US universities need better anti-bullying policies

Higher education institutions in the United States should change their faculty codes of conduct to define bullying as a distinctive form of harassment, according to a new paper published in the National Communication Association’s journal First Amendment Studies. Such codes also need to provide faculty and staff with clearer communications regarding bullying, and offer guidance … Continue reading US universities need better anti-bullying policies

ODU on digital opportunities

How might vocational training look in 2030? What kind of innovations will be ushered in by digitisation and Industry 4.0? These questions were in focus for five ODU apprentices, each with different training occupations, who took part in a German ‘Digital Youngsters’ competition organised by the Worldskills Germany association. They were tasked with developing a … Continue reading ODU on digital opportunities

Skills Development Scotland awards apprenticeship contract to Develop Training

Develop Training Limited (DTL), a national training provider to the utilities sector, has won a new contract from Skills Development Scotland to deliver Modern Apprenticeships. DTL has been on the approved list of apprenticeship providers in Scotland since 2012 and already delivers programmes for SGN and Scottish Water at its Linlithgow training centre near Edinburgh. … Continue reading Skills Development Scotland awards apprenticeship contract to Develop Training

The next ambassadors of The Next Einstein Forum

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) has selected its second Ambassadors Class, 45 scientists and tech champions across Africa, all under 42 years of age, who are solving Africa’s and the world’s challenges. An initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the NEF will hold its second global … Continue reading The next ambassadors of The Next Einstein Forum