One unexpected block to finishing a thesis is ‘imposter phenomenon’ or ‘imposter syndrome’, a feeling that some students – often very good ones – have that their final degree work will reveal the weaknesses they have been successfully hiding up until this point. I remember being baffled as a thesis supervisor when I first came across this when my best student almost dropped out of her degree.
The following programme isn’t particularly focused on students, but there has been research on imposter phenomenon in universities.
BBC Radio 4 programme (30 mins) : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07865h3
The New York Review of Books has recently featured opinion pieces on virtual classrooms. One quick point can be found in its letters page here. You can access the full article through RUG library’s subscription to the NYRB. Look for Trapped in the Virtual Classroom from the July 9, 2015 issue.
Andrew Feinstein is a member of Corruption Watch UK and a former South-African parliamentarian on behalf of the ANC. His book on the arms trade, The Shadow World is a good introduction to a murky global world, some of whose protagonists are Dutch. He presents a complex story and its associated statistics in a manner that is easy, if somewhat disturbing, to read. The book was endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu (to whom the university awarded an honorary doctorate in 2012).
Unlike many of its UK counterparts, the University of Groningen does not have direct investments in military companies.
More Details: http://www.sib-groningen.nl/en/event-calendar/a-lecture-on-global-arms-trade-by-andrew-feinstein/
Venue: Senate Chamber of the Academy Building
Time: 20:00 on 7 May 2015
Thursday 19 March, 17-19h. Marie Loke Room, Harmonie Complex
Last month, students and staff of the University of Amsterdam occupied university buildings and reclaimed their university. This lead to a nation-wide debate, both within and outside the walls of academia, on the way universities are or should be managed (and by whom), on the dominance of ‘efficiency thinking’ (rendements-denken), and on the way bureaucracy and management presses on core tasks of education and research.
It is clear that the issues raised by the Maagdenhuis appropriation reach beyond Amsterdam. How are things at the University of Groningen? Should there be more democracy at the RuG, and if so, how can we think of new management structures? How does the thinking in terms of efficiency affect our education and research, how does this relate to the task of universities in society. What could be workable alternatives?
During this meeting, students and staff of the RuG will share their view on issues such as top-down management, neoliberalization and over-bureaucratization, followed by a debate with a.o. members of the university council.
Statements by: Daan Brandenbarg (Medical Sciences), Trudy Dehue (Behavioral and Social Sciences) Pascal Gielen (Arts), Matthieu Paapst (Law), Judith Vega (Philosophy), and representatives of DNU Groningen.
Debate with speakers, representatives of DNU Groningen, and members of the University Council, chaired by Kristin McGee.
A debate on abortion was recently cancelled by an Oxford college. Everyone is in favour of free speech, but what this entails is a matter of dispute. What are the boundaries of free speech?
This recent article from the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) may interest students who are curious about what it is academic staff are doing when they’re not preparing for or delivering classes or engaged in research: