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By Les Back

Is a college schooling nonetheless proper? What are the forces that threaten it? should still lecturers ever be allowed close to Twitter? In educational Diary, Les again has chronicled 3 many years of his educational occupation, turning his sharp and sometimes satirical eye to the typical elements of existence on campus and the bigger forces which are reshaping it. awarded as a suite of entries from a unmarried educational 12 months, the diary strikes from the neighborhood to the worldwide, from PowerPoint to the halls of strength. With entries like "Ivory Towers" and "The Library Angel," those clever, funny, and occasionally absurd campus stories not just demystify the opaque rituals of scholarship but additionally provide a private standpoint at the far-reaching problems with college life.Commenting on subject matters that variety from the effect of commercialization and rate raises to dimension and auditing learn, the diary bargains a severe research of upper schooling at the present time. even as, it's a passionate argument for the lifetime of the brain, the significance of collaborative considering, and the explanations that scholarship and writing are nonetheless important for making feel of our stricken and divided international.

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New migrants from West Africa have settled in this part of London along with others from Latin America, transforming its sounds, tastes and smells. The first signs of gentrification have also started to show – unthinkable thirty years ago – as coffee shops, hipster bars and even organic food delis sprout in the midst of the area’s urban ruins. Suited and booted property sharks appear in online promotional videos extolling ‘unrivalled investment opportunities’ in Deptford as urban grit is transformed into lucrative arty glamour.

On a particularly memorable visit to an elite Russell Group university I sat with her in a languages department classroom for an introductory talk about studying modern languages. Some parents were trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, while other parents are armed with burning questions, fists full of highlighter pens and clutching bright manila document wallets packed with QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) teaching scores and research rankings. Ten minutes after the talk is scheduled to start the admissions tutor walks in.

Goldsmiths was voted one of Britain’s top fifty ‘coolest brands’. I am sure this is the result of its celebrity alumni including artist Hirst, comedian Julian Clary, poets and musical figures like Linton Kwesi Johnson and rock band Blur. 30 27 September This award and the absurdity of the whole ‘rat incident’ triggered the imagination. Wasn’t a half-eaten mouse mounted on a cappuccino cup lid on this very street last year? Maybe an anonymous art terrorist, with Situationist tendencies, is hidden away in the ‘College of Kool’?

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