‘Xi calls for more thought control on China’s campuses‘ – this may look like a hostile newspaper headline, but it is from The South China Morning Post, a major Hong Kong paper that is not considered inimical to the government: ‘Xi’s remarks are part of an ongoing ideological campaign in academia. A year ago, then minister of education Yuan Guiren declared Western values “not suitable for class”, causing an outcry at home and concern overseas.’
‘Xi Calls for Universities to Be Communist “Strongholds”’ from The China Digital Times.
‘China: Xi calls for stricter ideological control of universities’ from the BBC
‘China’s vice president orders more thought control over students’ from The Telegraph: ‘Mr Xi… also told university chiefs to closely monitor lecturers, especially those starting their academic careers. ‘
One of the underlying beliefs of these announcements is the importance of universities in society.
The group who studied, slept, then restudied showed better initial test performance in the relearning session, and their relearning of forgotten items at this session was quicker, as compared with the group who’d studied in the morning then had their relearning session in the evening. Moreover, the study/sleep/relearn group outperformed the study/awake/relearn group both at the one-week retest and the six-month re-test.
See the Research Digest of the British Psychological Society
Is an arts degree still worth doing? A host of writers explain what they got out of it
Positive and negative things about arts degrees from The Irish Times
At the following link you will find six quick evidence-based tips for learning and revision:
News from the US elections and the findings of the Chilcot Enquiry on Iraq have put the question of plagiarism in focus. Plagiarism may seem to be an issue for universities, but even if you put plagiarism as copyright infringement aside (e.g. cases about people reusing musical themes), it still has an obvious importance outside of academe.
The following sites have basic overviews of some cases and are not the last word on any of them.
The argument about Melissa Trump’s speech (from The New Yorker)
The Iraq DossierOne thing to note here is that paraphrases of the original document were used. There is no problem with doing this once the original is acknowledged.
Anette Schavan, a German education minister has her PhD revoked in 2013.
German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has his PhD revoked for plagiarism.
In a long document such as a PhD it would be unusual to have the degree invalidated if someone forgot only one or two references, but, of course, this would still be academic misconduct.
Prof. Raj Persauld, a broadcaster and popular writer on psychiatry resigned his position as a consultant in the NHS in 2008 having has his work scrutinised by the Church of Scientology. This recent article from The Telegraph charts his life since then and his decision to write a psychological novel.
The Volkskrant, one of the largest Dutch newspapers, apologises for plagiarism in 2015.
‘Professor Lewis Wolpert, the eminent developmental biologist and author, has admitted incorporating unattributed text from a variety of sources in his recent popular science books.’ The sources included Wikipedia. See article in The Guardian.
One unexpected block to finishing a thesis is ‘imposter phenomenon’ or ‘imposter syndrome’, a feeling that some students – often very good ones – have that their final degree work will reveal the weaknesses they have been successfully hiding up until this point. I remember being baffled as a thesis supervisor when I first came across this when my best student almost dropped out of her degree.
The following programme isn’t particularly focused on students, but there has been research on imposter phenomenon in universities.
BBC Radio 4 programme (30 mins) : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07865h3
The New York Review of Books has recently featured opinion pieces on virtual classrooms. One quick point can be found in its letters page here. You can access the full article through RUG library’s subscription to the NYRB. Look for Trapped in the Virtual Classroom from the July 9, 2015 issue.