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Dismantling the Facts on Fees

December 9, 2010


As you will have noticed, there is a lot of debate about tuition fees at the moment. While I disapprove of the new proposal, the worst thing about the situation is the stream of disinformation coming from MPs and other people in support of the proposal. I had prepared a long post about tuition fees […]

Computer Science Needs More Rockstars

July 30, 2010


Like me you may well have missed the recent online debate about Google offering funding to women in Computer Science (whether students or working full time). A number of comments that followed pointed out the lack of female role models in the industry. This made me think, how many role models are there, male or […]

Long Live The Mouse

July 28, 2010


If you believe the hype then Apple have redefined yet another everyday item. The new Magic Trackpad will make everything better and the old mouse will be thrown out without a second thought. At least, that appears to be the thought of many people. This includes the technology editor at New Scientist when he writes […]

Is the UK Government Getting I.T. Right at Last?

March 26, 2010


I’m not sure if this is a sign of getting old or feeling ill but after hearing Gordon Brown’s speech about Britain’s Digital Future earlier this week I actually felt that it might work out well. In addition to the much discussed plans to roll out high speed broadband to everyone (paid for by the […]

Who Should Decide Tuition Fees?

March 18, 2010


Recently the Association of Graduate Recruiters produced a manifesto with a number of proposals for improvements to Higher Education (Press release here). Amongst these was a call for the end of government targets to send 50% of people to university, to include employability skills in all university courses and tax breaks for employers of new […]

The Demise of Gadgets?

February 27, 2010


The fuss is finally about the iPad is finally dying down, the Amazon Kindle is struggling to gain a foothold in a market it created (as far as the general public is concerned at least) and the Nexus One (the ‘one true Googlephone’) still hasn’t lived up to the hype in sales. Is this it? […]