Cambridge’s one-on-one teaching model is based on exploiting graduates | Education

Recently, I was having coffee with a final year PhD student about to submit his thesis. He was excited because he had just finished giving his first ever lecture. He had finally been able to prove himself and experience what his future job might entail. Yet when we met later, he seemed downcast about the experience. It had taken him five hours to write his first 45-minute lecture – and several more to prepare the handouts and PowerPoint – but…

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What did dignity at work training teach me? Bullying isn’t my university’s problem | Anonymous academic | Education

My university offers a range of workshops to make its bureaucratic processes transparent for new employees. Before beginning the new term, I had to attend one on “dignity at work”. I had a vague sense of what this meant – challenging harassment and bullying, cultivating a respectful institutional culture – and was keen to hear more. I was surprised to find this workshop delivered by an external private company for a corporate rate. The workshop leader said this would help…

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Red Bull wants us to leave work at 4pm. I couldn’t agree more | Opinion

I’m not squeamish, except for one small thing: I cannot repeat rhyming couplets. So I can’t tell you exactly what Red Bull’s latest London Underground advert says because it uses this mawkish lyrical form. I can tell you that it was reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority for promising health benefits that fizzy drinks aren’t allowed to do (nope, not even Shloer). I can even describe that promise, in a roundabout way: Red Bull will make you feel so energetic…

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