New University League Table iPhone App

New League Table iPhone App

QS, compilers of world university league tables, have produced an iPhone app so rankings are never out of reach. My life is now complete.

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Unofficial university promos

Contrasting unofficial university promo videos

Certainly at least one of these is not endorsed by its University…

Must admit I found it difficult to get past about 4 minutes on this one:

No such trouble with this much more entertaining effort (not entirely suitable for younger viewers in parts).

Dog Earns MBA Online

Dog Earns M.B.A. Online – from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Just goes to show:

GetEducated.com, an online-learning consumer group, managed to purchase an online M.B.A. for its mascot, a dog named Chester Ludlow. The Vermont pug earned his tassles by pawing over $499 to Rochville University, which offers “distance learning degrees based on life and career experience,” according to a news release from GetEducated. He got back a package from a post-office box in Dubai that contained a diploma and transcripts, plus a certificate of distinction in finance and another purporting to show membership in the student council.

Cue a whole series of dreadful puns about hounding the diploma mills and a promo video about the stunt: “Dog Earns Online MBA: A Cautionary Tail.”

University of Nottingham: Graduate Trainee Programme

The first group of four Graduate Trainees are coming to the end of their year-long programme which has been extremely successful.

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As the advert for the 2009-10 scheme describes it:

The University is delighted to announce the Nottingham Graduate Trainee Programme. This innovative programme, aimed exclusively at University of Nottingham graduates from any of the University campuses interested in developing a career in university administration. It offers an invaluable insight into this dynamic management activity whilst developing an understanding of:

* markets
* income streams
* resource allocation processes
* client bases including students, parents, employers, funding bodies and commercial partners.

The programme offers four trainees the opportunity to experience key components of university operation and build an understanding of the institution’s strategy. Trainees will spend 12 months undertaking a planned rotation of placements in different areas of the University, reporting to senior staff. Placements will be across central services and schools, and trainees may have the opportunity to experience activity at one of the University’s overseas campuses in Malaysia or China.

The evidence from the presentations by each of the trainees on their experiences and the results both for them and the University is extraordinarily positive. They have all done outstandingly well and all four have now secured other posts within Nottingham which really is excellent news.

Comments on some of the outcomes of the programme can be seen in a recent podcast:

Sheffield made a video competition

Really good competition being run by the University of Sheffield.

Sheffield Made Us is a competition (for a £3k prize) open to the University’s students which invites them to make a 3 minute video about the value of their experience:

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The motto of the University is ‘to discover and understand the causes of things’. Show how your time here helped you to discover and understand the world and define the person you are today.

I’m sure it’s not a totally original idea but nevertheless it’s a good one.

Chemical Christmas

What element would you like for Christmas? The “Periodic Table of Videos” team, along with a few other people at the University of Nottingham’s School of Chemistry, have provided some answers. Best of all, they are accompanied by the no doubt soon to be famous, Chemical Sisters.

Graduate Training Programme at the University of Nottingham

A brief podcast on the launch of the new programme for Graduate Trainees at the University of Nottingham (produced by Andrew Burden of the Communications team)

Offers a good first look at what it is hoped will be a really important and valuable development for the University.

Novel approach to the Periodic table

Splendid new set of videos from Professor Martyn Poliakoff and colleagues of the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.

The Periodic table offers a number of really entertaining and informative short videos on each element. Just great.

Digby (Lord) Jones: Honorary Degree

A really good speech from Lord Jones at the Graduation Ceremony on 19 July:

The audio is available on the University of Nottingham Podcast site.

Digby

Video also available (for the full gowned effect).

He generously (and, of course, justifiably) compliments the University in many ways and there is a nice anecdote about being picked up for BBC interviews on his first day as a Minister.