All entries for November 2005

November 18, 2005

Nanny state?

Writing about web page http://www.uni-nanny.com/index.html

This exciting new product is offered by a spinout from the University of Glamorgan and claims to offer massive benefits in terms of student retention

There may be some design issues causing customer confusion though…


November 17, 2005

Warwick#1 in UK League Table

Whilst it may not necessarily feel like it, it does appear that Warwick has the highest number of car parking spaces of any UK HE institution.

If only The Times included that vital piece of data in its league table…


November 16, 2005

Gonk wars?

For several years Warwick volunteers have used a nice gonk-type creature (the bug?) in different guises to promote their activities – see:

link

It appears though that one of them has done a runner to Liverpool:

link

and adopted the promising moniker of "Professor Fluffy"

It is not entirely clear what academic credentials he/she/it actually has though….


November 15, 2005

MES delivers the goods again

Title:
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Another outstanding production from TMF, with some new classics, including esp:

  • Pacifying joint
  • What about us?
  • Assume
  • Bo Demmick
  • Clasp hands (including choice reference to 'wolverines'...)

It's not often you get a cover of a Move song which is even worse than the original but MES and co manage it successfully here with 'I can hear the grass grow'.


Annoying title

Title:
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

But that's just coz it's an overblown and pretentious Lennon lyric.

Still, an excellent and compelling read – difficult to assess the veracity of the setting and the policitcal/criminal context (or the WWII episodes) but convincing to me.

Some of fantastical elements a bit irritating at times but overall just about hangs together.

Also he manages to anticipate the title of his next book (which is a bit clever clever if you ask me.

Well worth a punt though!


A refreshing view

Title:
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

A delightfully sceptical analysis of public pronouncements, political speak, media frenzies, spurious statistics etc etc. Nice critique of relativism and wonderful barbs about those who value their own opinions higher than facts.

Suffers only from being too darned brief.


November 12, 2005

Dangerous Medicine

Writing about web page http://www.booksack.co.uk

It ain't on Amazon, only Booksack, but still a top quality publication!

To quote some of the blurb wot I wrote:

This book explores the origins of the quality assurance discourse in 20th Century higher education and argues that quality and standards are widely misunderstood concepts. This is manifested in the apparent enthusiasm for the adoption of industrial models of quality which are quite alien to education. The political context and justification for quality assurance are considered along with problems with language.

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