We had a great year. This was the year of accomplishments, real-time reviews, kerfuffle and political shenanigans, but students had their fair share of deals, too. Without further ado, we proceed to analyze the most significant nominations in the student stories. Fun is ahead.
- Ten tips to pass your PhD viva. We are not going to point at people, who have been obsessed with this article since it first came out. We will just remark that it is as good as it gets, and if you have been dreaming of heading to your viva voce, now is the perfect time. It really pushes you forward and is motivational for students and graduates alike.
- Are you an academic superhero? According to this article, finding balance between rest and studies no longer qualifies as enough to be a good student. You have to be a superhero, tried and tested, and manage multitasking like a pro. This means sitting up late and still not procrastinating, fighting with deadlines and making goals, and finally, passing tests without having to cram for an examination. This is truly an objective, worth struggling for, and if you haven’t read the article yet, we highly suggest you do it!
- Philosopher’s talk cancelled due to passport rules. Jonathan Webber, working at Cardiff University, was deeply outraged since he refused to provide his passport on demand and was therefore cancelled from the lecture at one of the guest universities. Webber later posted the details of this unhappy trouble on his social media page and immediately gained support from followers. According to one of the users, a British philosopher who is asked to show his British passport in Britain is the epitome of ridiculous and the country needs to take serious measures not to let that happen again.
- Nobel laureate says scientific breakthrough would not be possible today. Nobel laureate Saul Perlmutter claims he wouldn’t make discoveries in the world of today due to the funding environment that exists in the modern science. He says that all researchers are doing these days is trying to get some money for their job and when receiving cash, struggling not to waste it quickly. This system of precautions leads to financial improvement, but no discoveries are made whatsoever. Scientists are requested to name the exact date of their finding and stick to the deadline.
- Life after Brexit: what next for British universities? While many British people have single-mindedly decided they should call it quits for the EU, most of the country is left wondering if they are heading in the right direction. It’s like sailing in the uncharted waters with your hopes and dreams tangled with fears and expectations, and honestly, education is in question, too. Some scholars do not want to lose that sense of community they’ve had while being in Europe and would like to continue higher education without being dragged in the center of the storm that is Brexit.
- Female professors pay price for academic citizenship. In the world of lectures and homework, women are trying to show their best side, so they often engage in tasks that go unrewarded. Like, for example, tutoring a student in their office hours or helping their colleagues overcome stress. These jobs are not a piece of cake, and yet they go completely unnoticed by the management. What is the reason for this issue? Are women not equal to their male counterparts? Some of the studies prove that working as a teacher, women tend to get worried about stuff like appreciation, respect and warm atmosphere in group, while their male colleagues are focused on leadership and growth.