Category: Higher Education

Should the generative AI scholar be fast or slow?

Across all disciplines norms are being established around the role of generative AI in research. Discussing a recent LSE Impact Blogpost on academic responses to AI, Eric A. Jensen suggests that clear, practical guidance needs to be developed by specif…

By prioritising STEM over SHAPE in schools we poorly prepare students for a complex future

Drawing on findings from the SHAPE in Schools project, Tallulah Holley argues that the prioritisation of STEM subjects in schools risks the creation of a pipeline of students unable to draw on the full range of approaches necessary to address today’s g…

How efforts to assess university contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals fall short

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are widely used by research institutions and metrics providers as a mechanism for assessing the impact of universities on the wider world. Elizabeth Gadd argues attempts to quantify academic contributions to these g…

If generative AI is saving academics time, what are they doing with it?

Drawing on a recent survey of academic perceptions and uses of generative AI, Richard Watermeyer, Donna Lanclos and Lawrie Phipps suggest that the potential efficiency promised by these tools disclose which work is and isn’t valued in academia. Widespr…

2023 in Review – The impact of generative AI on higher education

The mainstreaming of Generative AI technologies over the past year has led to a fundamental re-evaluation of many long-held academic institutions and the purpose of higher education and learning. This review brings together a selection of posts explori…

Pockets of humanity in a world of automated research writing

Is academic writing thinking, or simply the written output at the end of a research project? Morten Hansen argues that as large language models become better at producing academic copy educators should focus on the fundamentally developmental and human…

What counts for more in the UK job market – a PhD or a Master’s?

There are obvious intrinsic motivations to undertake postgraduate study. Although, in an increasingly precarious academic job market, the prospects of securing better employment as a result of education are considerable. Giulio Marini and Golo Henseke …

The Perfection Trap: The Power Of Good Enough In A World That Always Wants More – review

In The Perfection Trap: The Power Of Good Enough In A World That Always Wants More, Thomas Curran examines the reasons for a rise in socially prescribed perfectionism and its negative mental health effects on individuals. Combining extensive research w…