The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Battle for Standards

Here's an interesting article from the Telegraph about slipping standards in academia, and those fighting against them. Keep fighting, I say!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/7332452/The-university-professor-who-stood-up-against-dumbing-down-of-degrees.html

2 comments:

Amy said...

To be fair to Bournemouth University, institutions are placed under enormous pressure to pass students (its the only way to guarantee funding), especially those smaller and less established universities. Doesn't make it right, of course, but I can understand why, for purely pragmatic reasons, a situation like this might arise.

Jenny said...

I do understand that, but I also think that we now live in a culture that will not allow people to fail. We have an idea that if people aren't performing, we have to change the system, not them. And sometimes, I think that's wrong.