Monthly Archives: February 2015

Labour’s tuition fee reduction – is it really the way forward?

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has confirmed that should they win the next general election student tuition fees will be cut by one third, with the gap being funded by a reduction in tax relief for middle-class pensioners, although there … Continue reading

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Do external proofreading/editing services help or harm student learning?

Over recent years there has been a continuing debate over whether the use of private proofreading and editing services is harmful or beneficial to student learning. Those opposed to these services have suggested that it can be perceived as a … Continue reading

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The malaise of the banking sector – will they ever learn???

As if we did not hear enough about the causes of the banking failures during the financial crisis of 2008, it seems that still hardly a day goes past without media reports about continuing banking failures and irregularities. These failures … Continue reading

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The importance of ethical marketing

Ethics are a set of moral codes and obligations that are considered to be acceptable social norms of behaviour and should therefore apply to marketing activities in the same was as they do to other members of society. Recently, in … Continue reading

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What can be done about the increasing cost burden of university education on families?

Recent BBC media reports have highlighted the increasing concern families are experiencing over the rent and living costs attached to student university education. Government grants and loans for these costs cover barely a third of the estimated £12,000 students require … Continue reading

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Understanding the Franchise business model

The dictionary definition for the term franchising varies considerably and, in many cases does not adequately or accurately define the term. For example ‘InvestorWords.com’ suggest that franchising is “A form of business organization in which a firm which already has … Continue reading

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Has ‘shockvertising’ passed its sell-by date?

By the beginning of the 21st Century, due predominantly to the advances in digital technology, it was estimated that the average consumer was being bombarded by around 3,000 marketing messages a day (Lasn 1999). This situation caused a dilemma for … Continue reading

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Universities under fire – again!

Following our recent education posts on this blog, it is perhaps not surprising to find that universities are continuing to come under fire in the media for the strategies they are currently adopting. This time, they have been criticised in … Continue reading

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Can you believe the education sector is still failing to fully embrace teaching digital skills?

It is doubtful that anyone would argue with the comment that as a society we are well and truly living in a digital age. Advances in digital technology impact on virtually every aspect of our lives, including health, leisure, travel … Continue reading

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Gender inequality still exists in higher education

Over the past few decades, there have been increasing attempts to eliminate gender inequality in the UK workplace through the introduction of legislation and development of appropriate organisational HR policies and practices. Yet despite these efforts, recent media reports suggest … Continue reading

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