Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Milkround? (Graduate schemes, it’s obviously about graduate schemes.)

So, July is upon us, exam season is over for one cohort but the real challenges are still yet to come. For many now is the time of year when you'll be starting to consider your longer term career options, post university. Now, apologies I couldn't get to you when you were 15 and still [...]

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need. (How my Grandfather got to Oxford).

It would be easy to take the view that I'm against universities given some of my output in the last few weeks. So in the interests of balance here's my counterpoint - yes, I do think that schools are pandering to an outmoded way of thinking that is designed to appease parents, patronise the less [...]

Turn up, tune in, drop out.

I've been gobbing off about this for a while now but new figures show even more clearly that the schools' push to get all students, regardless of their aptitude or suitability, into university is demonstrably failing. Not in the goal, they are indeed packing them in there, but keeping them there is something quite, quite [...]

What now? Really? *Shakes head* (GCSE shake up leaves everyone sweary and annoyed. And confused.)

When is a pass not a pass? When a lump headed dilettante starts dicking around with stuff they don't understand. As if life today weren't tough enough, as if there wasn't already too much uncertainty, stress and anxiety facing every student, or,  indeed pretty much every person in the UK, we've only gone and piled [...]