It's not my party
Alan Johns, president of university and college lecturers' union Natfhe, was all charm at a recent Natfhe parliamentary reception when he particularly singled out the Liberal Democrats for help given to the union over recent months.
So what explains the patent embarrassment of Liberal
Democrat MPs, including
education spokesman Phil
Willis? Could it be anything to do with the fact that the reception was in fact hosted by the Labour Party?
We'll take the highlands
"Popular in Inverness" may be the new motto for the Institute of Learning and Teaching after it announced its first members last week.
Five of the 24 are from the
University of the Highlands
and Islands, which has just
360 staff. And the remainder
are not immune. Staff development coordinator Jenny Tizard points out that 25 UHI staff are taking the university's professional development MA, which will offer a route to ILT membership. She says the push is partly designed to "inform the ILT" as it shapes the academics of the future - and partly to help in the UHI's bid to become a full university.
Know your right
As the Quality Assurance
Agency finally publishes its
new complaints procedure, student members of the working group that drew up the procedure and have been tracing its painful progress have already spotted something to complain about. Take references to students' "rights" or "right". Number of references in the code text, June 5 1999: five. Number of references, October 26 1999: one.
The bad news last
Brace yourself: the following news may prove devastating. The THES regrets to announce that the Institute for Learning and Teaching's website will not be available between December 30 1999 and January 4 2000.
The sad tidings are carried
on the ILT's news page. If you had been planning to see in
the new millennium in the
company of your nearest
and dearest website, you
will have to make alternative arrangements.