The relentless march towards faux social mobility is devoured by its own hubris. (Or why university is getting worse. Still.)

What's that? Did anyone else hear clucking? Pay it no never mind, it's just the chickens coming home to roost. I've spoken a lot on this page about the danger of the 'university at any cost' thinking, as well as the risk posed to the devaluation of degrees because of this and the fallout from [...]

Upside down watches are the new black. (Or – why nursing may be the only career you’ll ever need and it’s both recession and future proof.)

Simply tick a magic box marked Brexit and all the ills, concerns and suspicions you have of the European project and that filthy Johnny Foreigner can forever be eradicated. Money will pour like manna from the heavens into an enormous ever full treasure chest, the NHS will operate like never before awash with cash and [...]

To BA or not to BA (Part 2) – don’t gamble with your happiness.

When it comes to university there's definitely a polarising barrier between the old school and the emerging new schools of thought regarding its benefits. I've frequently mouthed off and objected to the 'university regardless' approach that is still being peddled by so many schools up and down the country but a recently released survey, the [...]

All in favour say Aye (think you’re all missing the point)

As the general election approaches there has been an enormous amount of promises, guarantees and quid pro quos offered, mooted and suggested. Indeed there have been any number of inducements offered up to the electorate gods to curry favour. A lot of talk has been about education, the funding crisis and so on - but [...]

Why taking kids out of school is terrible (unless I do it) Part 2 – Or why Trump should have been taken to Rome more when he was a kid.

Okay, so whilst I can't say that our city break was a cultural tour de force that precisely justifies the decision to take our eldest out of school for a few days - I can say that I think it benefited everyone. I spoke before about how travel can broaden one's horizons and counter-intuitively shrink [...]

Scrapping tuition fees may not be the answer…

As the various parties jockey for position to paint themselves as the party of the people and increasingly ludicrous and often uncosted promises are wheeled out to entice the voter, Labour have announced a series of sweeping education funding reforms that would see the abolition of university fees alongside a series of cash injections from [...]

This is not what women chucked themselves under horses for.

It is often quoted that the 'only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing' which is why today's news is so disappointing. Not the usual depressing cavalcade of Trump based idiocy or the shocking revelation that North Korea aren't good guys, but rather that electoral registration amongst school leavers [...]

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The Art of the Handshake.

Someone, let us call him Pontoon because of his oddly sized feet, has grown up isolated from the world, one day through a conveniently vague confluence of circumstances he somehow emerges into the real world. Indeed no less a place than the offices of Law, a large subtly named solicitors. Bob Law the owner, delighted [...]