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Education is often offered as a solution to tackling misinformation, particularly training in critical thinking and analytical skills. But what does that actually look like in the day to day running of a university? Or for the average higher education instructor not specialised in fields like media, politics or social sciences? And is there more th…
 
Whether teaching or writing up research, there is a strong incentive for academics to try and make their work as interesting as possible. If people are intrigued by what they’re doing, it is likely to have a greater impact. But since everyone has their own unique take on what is or is not interesting, this can seem an impossible task. So, we spoke …
 
During his 30-year tenure, Freeman Hrabowski, the outgoing president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, has transformed UMBC from a small branch of the University System of Maryland into one of the leading producers of Black STEM graduates in the country. In this interview, Freeman talks about how to have the difficult conversations th…
 
We’ve asked academics, authors, publishers and postdocs to share with us their advice for how to improve your academic writing and chances of getting published. They cover everything from tips to establish a consistent writing practice like Jack London and how to find the hook in your work, to why your article might be rejected and how to bring in …
 
Three university leaders heading up their institutions’ public affairs and community engagement in London, Melbourne and Chicago speak with us about the value of mutually beneficial partnerships with First Nation communities, local neighbourhoods and government. They talk about using their strengths of teaching and research to engage with the commu…
 
Social media is an increasing part of public scholarship and for some academics, it’s a way to bring their work to a wider audience and develop new skills. We speak to two scholars who have embraced sci-comms on platforms from YouTube to podcasts to find out how they got started and what works. YouTube scientist Simon Clark shares how he got starte…
 
As we reach the two-year anniversary of the global pandemic, two university leaders and innovators tell Miranda Prynne and Sara Custer what they've learned about institutional resiliency, teaching practices and what the future holds for higher education, online and in-person. Peter Mathieson, the principal and vice-chancellor at The University of E…
 
Academics, colleagues and friends Sebastian Kaempf and Alastair Stark from the University of Queensland share the evolution of their podcast, Higher Ed Heroes, which they created in 2020 to mimic the incidental corridor conversations that have been missing during the pandemic. In this episode, they explain how the podcast replicates peer-to-peer sh…
 
A new book of essays from librarians, students and academics around the world offers insights into the work of decolonising a library. For this episode we spoke with the book’s editors, Jess Crilly, an independent author who was formerly the associate director for content and discovery, library services at the University of the Arts London and Regi…
 
Authors of two of the most-read resources on THE Campus in 2021 give us a behind-the-scenes look at the thinking and research that went into their pieces. Joining us is Pardis Mahdavi, dean of social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University and Scott N. Brooks, an associate professor with the T. Denny Sanford…
 
To commemorate the annual THE Awards, Sara Custer and Miranda Prynne interview previous winners to find out how their work has developed since taking home a trophy and any advice they might give to their colleagues working towards similar goals. Interviewees: Tara Moore, professor of personalised medicine at Ulster University and winner of the 2020…
 
Ahead of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference, we spoke to two university leaders about the sustainability initiatives at their institutions and how universities can be leaders in tackling the climate crisis. Joining us is Katy Fleming, the provost at NYU, and Tercio Ambrizzi, a professor of climatology and superintendent of environmental …
 
From badges to bundles, stacks of credits to microcredentials, the list of alternative credentials for higher education is growing. Partly in response to learner and employer demand but also partly in response to universities' economic situation post-pandemic. But for those who haven’t dared to even dip their toe into the alternative credential pon…
 
Universities are going into the 2021-22 academic year with a greater capacity to deliver online and hybrid teaching. But just as existing digital divides presented complex teaching challenges during the pandemic, faculty’s lack of digital literacy and of pedagogical training could render universities’ digital transformations ineffective. Lauren Her…
 
In this episode of the THE podcast, we speak with Ian Jacobs, the outgoing vice-chancellor of UNSW Sydney about what motivates universities to scale their operations and how it can be done. We also speak with Jude Sheeran, principal, international education and research technology at Amazon Web Services about types of technology that can support th…
 
Since the 18th century, universities' civic missions have evolved beyond widening access to higher education to now include public engagement, economic renewal and community outreach. This week we speak with two experts who are deeply involved in civic activities at their institutions in the UK and in Canada. Jeremy Read is the CEO of the Universit…
 
Can you use a podcast to tell the story of a journal article? Helen Wolfenden, a lecturer in radio at Macquarie University, thinks you can and has set out to do it in this guest podcast episode “Making practice publishable”. “I think it brings the knowledge to life in a completely different kind of way,” she said. If that’s not enough, the journal …
 
Sara Custer hosts a group conversation with academics and university staff from the US and the UK about diversity, equity and inclusion, with a specific focus on anti-racism education and neurodiversity awareness. They bust myths about diversity, equity and inclusion work and offer tips on how universities and faculty can make their campuses and cl…
 
The pandemic has forced a major rethink of international higher education. Travel restrictions have put a huge dent in international student enrolments and after a year of doing everything remotely is International travel for students or university staff even necessary? Two scholars give us their opinions on what's next for the internationalisation…
 
Boosting employability is the biggest motivator for students completing higher education degrees yet many universities have traditionally argued their role is not to serve labour demands but to “educate”. However, with student debts increasing alongside the cost of university, the need to be assured a good job at the end of a course is becoming mor…
 
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