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No, you are not of ‘greater moral value’

No, you are not of ‘greater moral value’

I loathe the expression ‘check your privilege’ – it serves entirely to silence debate and foster division – but I did have an occasion yesterday when I truly understood the temptation to use it. I had been delivering a talk on how scientists can have a greater impact on public policy at one of the UK’s leading science institutions (which I shall not name, as in all other respects it is a truly fantastic place). During the Q&A, one of…

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Ten Thinkers that Have Influenced Me

Ten Thinkers that Have Influenced Me

Defining influence is tricky. We have all undoubtedly been influenced by many people; in particular parents, teachers, friends and others we spend time with. Yet when talking with others about about those views are insightful, ‘hang around with my friends’ is not particularly useful, and parents or teachers are even less accessible. So we think of public figures. In coming up with this list, I’ve focused on those who’ve helped to bring particular issues into focus, or to shed light…

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Wonkhe: Value for Money for Whom?

Wonkhe: Value for Money for Whom?

Is going to university value for money? In my latest Wonkhe article I look at misalignments between the individual and the state when it comes to assessing value for money, examine the increasing prevalence of ‘signalling’ dominating over actual skills gains and discuss the need to transfer funding from failing academic courses to high quality technical and vocational alternatives. You can read the full article here: Working towards a sector taxonomy of value If you’ve not yet done so, there…

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