White Paper Stalled: A Hollow Victory

January 24, 2012



Last night the Telegraph announced the headline American Backed Private Universities Plan Dropped. This is the news that the government intends to drop plans to deliver legislation on Higher Education probably until 2015. Many will be declaring this a victory for the student movement and student activism and they are in part right; however this could […]

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Don’t Drink and Drown…!

December 12, 2011


Everyone loves a good night out with friends. For many this will almost certainly consist of some drinks in the town centre and some pranks and a few hilarious moments. We are lucky enough to live in a town that is leafy, green and has a certain charm to it, along with the second largest […]

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What can we learn from the Kiwis?

November 25, 2011


The research I carried out in NZ recently has now been published and I have uploaded a copy here for those of you may be interested… Contrasts and Comparisons in English Higher Education and New Zealand Tertiary Education  

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A New Year: A New KU?

October 13, 2011


Well the academic year has quite firmly started. Fresher’s week now feels like it was months ago and I am once again feeling the pressure that the return of students brings to a student officer… Giving induction talks to students is one of my favourite parts of fresher’s weeks. You walk into a large lecture […]

Levies and Expectations

August 29, 2011


I have come across several strange things in NZ: an emperor penguin affectionately named “Happy Feet” appearing on a Wellington Beach before being sent home, trolleys being called trundlers and going to the dairy instead of the corner shop. But one of the most different ideas I have seen is the student services levy at tertiary education […]


Multiculturalism in Student Structures

August 24, 2011


New Zealand I discovered fairly quickly after entering her airspace is a particularly beautiful country. I have had the pleasure to visit many countries throughout the world, but few have the variation and extremes of New Zealand, from temperate rainforests to alpine mountain ranges. Arriving in Christchurch, the anticipation for the Rugby World Cup is […]

Employability at Kingston

July 27, 2011


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