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October 12, 2006

RaW Nominated for 8 Student Radio Awards

RaW has picked up 8 nominations at this year’s Student Radio Awards, including one in the prestigious Best Station category.

Matt Rebeiro, RaW’s Head of Production, picked up a nomination for his shows last year in the category of Best Newcomer.

RaW’s technical wizards get some much-deserved recognition for their work with a nomination in the Best Technical Innovation category, for their custom-built Digital Playout System known as Digiplay, which is one of the most revolutionary bits of kit in British student radio ( read more – .pdf )

RaW’s Doppelganger picked up a nomination in the category of Best Comedy and Drama ( listen ), as did They Think RaW Sport’s All Over, a not particularly subtle rip-off of a well known TV show ( listen ).

Peter Swan and RaW News are nominated for Best Interview, for interviews with Boris Johnson and David Davis ( listen ) respectively.

James Buckland and Adam Westbrook receive a well-deserved nomination ( listen ) in the Best Entertainment category for their programme James and Adam’s Adventures in Radiophonic Wonderland.

And finally RaW was nominated in the Best Station category. RaW has won this twice in the past and the winner gets to produce a programme for BBC Radio 1 later this year.

Congratulations to all the nominees! All of the winners will be announced on 7th November at a swanky London ceremony hosted by Radio 1’s Jo Whiley and Scott Mills.

And don’t forget you can listen to more genius radio on RaW 1251AM


October 04, 2006

Warwick University in Useful Discovery Shock!

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5404184.stm

After reading three years of press releases like:

Warwick researchers create biodegradable mobile phone

Robots find regular teeth brushing helps them munch through 50,000 aluminium spot welds

... and other exciting inventions which are of course, now widespread, I nearly fell off my chair when I read that a Warwick scientist had invented something that was actually useful!!!

(No offence)

Might they have actually invented and (importantly for the bean-counters) patented a cure for flu, including the ‘deadly’ (to use a media cliche) bird flu?

Well done to Professor Nigel Dimmock and his team – not only might you have cured flu, you’re also the most-emailed story on BBC News Online right now.


July 01, 2006

An Interesting Job Opportunity…

Long, long ago in the early days of Warwick Blogs, I wrote an entry which was ever–so–slightly critical of the Careers Service of Warwick. I got some interesting responses, and on leaving Warwick thought "ah, maybe they weren't so bad".

That was until I flicked through the jobs section in the Guardian. My eye is always caught by an advert with University of Warwick in it…

Business Development Manager - Careers Service

Hmm… why would the careers service have a business to manage???

You will manage our employer liaison team, building strong relationships with recruiters and improving communication links with academics within the University.

So far so good. But then…

You will secure external income through the marketing and development of priced services to enable the Careers Service to extend the quality of activities that enrich the employability of our students.

Just as I always suspected. Warwick's only interested in inviting 'attractive' and presumably 'wealthy' employers to its careers events. No wonder you don't see small companies at the main careers fair (only at some off–shoot where no–doubt the prices for businesses are lower, along with publicity).

I'll put the same point I made a couple of years ago: why does Warwick need to charge employers to get in touch with students? Surely the more the merrier?

I know for a fact that at least one employer has shirked Warwick because it couldn't afford its 'rates'. That's a potential job that Warwick students won't know about because the Uni's too obsessed with charging people to come onto campus. I'm surprised Gibbet Hill Road doesn't operate a toll–system!

But why the hell should employers be charged? Yes, for sure, KPMG, Deloitte et al. can afford to pay the fees that Warwick clearly charges (you can't deny it now – it's in the Guardian!).

Isn't it in students' interests that they have as many employment opportunities as possible? Surely it must be clear that the big companies don't have enough jobs between them to satisfy the needs of all students at Warwick (in terms of number of jobs available as well as preferences of profession too).

Yet again, Warwick seems to put raising money above the prospects of its current students.

(I'd be very interested to know how much the Careers Service brings in through this method, and see what it translates to in terms of expenditure on campus.)


May 18, 2006

University draws out the sting from the AUT strike

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/insite/newsandevents/intnews2/NE100000020523/

The University Senate has voted to award degrees if exams aren't marked before graduation. Essentially this means if students have achieved over 70% of their CATS but are lacking some of the rest of the marks, they'll get their full degree based on the 70%. People with less than 70% of their CATS marked will get 'unclassified' degrees, which I take to mean are provisional, but subject to change when the exams are finally marked. This is the same system used when exams are missed due to illness.

I'd applaud the University for taking this rational step. They've effectively drawn the sting out of the tail so that if the AUT continue their strike for several weeks (as seems likely now), then students won't be adversely affected. I challenge the unions to oppose this! I'm sure they'll say that our degrees are being devalued, but the fact of the matter is that we still have to do all the work we would have done before, and our mark will be determined based on how well we've done.

Now the dispute can be settled with less haste and more realism. My suspicion is that the Unions were using the impending exams as a reason to settle soon, and on its terms. Now the University doesn't seem to have that hanging over its head quite so much, I'm sure the two sides will come to a reasonable offer.

And perhaps the Students Union will now see that the University has students' interests at heart (at least on this issue), while the AUT clearly doesn't.


April 15, 2006

Politics Books for Sale

Political Theory from Hobbes
"Karl Marx – Selected Writings" (2nd Ed), edited by David McLellan (2000/2003)
RRP = £22
My Price = £8

"Political Thinkers", by Boucher and Kelly (2003)
RRP = £23
My Price = £8

"The Social Contract and Discourses", by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Everyman edition)
RRP = £5.99
My Price = £3

"Reflections on the Revolution in France", by Edmund Burke (Penguin Classics)
RRP = £8.99
My Price = £4

"Two Treatises of Government" by John Locke (Cambridge: edited by Peter Laslett)
RRP = £8.99
My Price = £4

Politics of the UK
"Developments in British Politics 7" by Dunleavy, Gamble et al (2003)
RRP = £14.99
My Price = £6

States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy
"Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics", by O'Brien and Williams (2004)
RRP = £18.99
My Price = £7

"The Theoretical Evolution of International Political Economy", by Crane and Amawi (1997)
RRP = £17.99
My Price = £7

All books are in good-to-excellent condition. If you're interested in any of the books, e-mail me at c.doidge@ (warwick) (dot ac) (dot uk) or send me a message through the blogs.


March 08, 2006

Varsity Day

So what if the weather's going to be miserable!?

You don't need to go and watch rugby in the soaking wet!

Listen to Varsity Day LIVE on RaW 1251AM

RaW will have coverage of every single match, with reporters at every pitch, all drawn together by RaW's Pete Swan. Join him and Rob Stevens from 2pm today for full coverage of the biggest day in the University sporting calendar, plus a chance to win a free pizza from Domino's.

2pm - 5pm
RaW 1251AM – Listen Online


September 09, 2005

Warwick in Asia

Didn't see this mentioned on the blogs:

link

Warwick in Asia discussed in the Independent. Raised a few issues I hadn't realised about the project, notably who would want to teach or study there.

It also seems the University is set to approve the plan with no clear commitment from the Singapore government about how much money they will receive.

Is it not possible that the University has no idea how much it will cost the University of Warwick, and that it could potentially be paying for 50% + of the project?

Also, another key point. I see that 'concerns over human rights and academic freedom must be addressed' has been replaced as a cause of concern with:

Understanding of the compromises Warwick staff and students would face on issues of academic freedom and freedom of speech

Isn't this a bit of an about-turn on the part of those looking into the feasibility of the project?


September 05, 2005

Welcome back

Gotta love Warwick…

I'm writing to let you know that the first session for [module] will be on Monday 26 September 2005 Time 9am-11am.

Thankyou. Oh so much.

P.S. I know it's not their fault, but can't the first years be given the nine o'clocks? I mean, they can practically go to lectures in their dressing gowns and go back to bed after!


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