The Problem With Science Teaching

Not long ago, I attended a lecture about cancer biology. On the very same day, a major story about a potential cancer treatment was published in several national newspapers. But this wasn’t mentioned once in my cancer biology lecture, on a course supposedly at “the forefront” of scientific developments. In fact, the only time I can distinctly remember a lecturer applying scientific concepts to the “real … Continue reading The Problem With Science Teaching

Why You’re Wrong About Government Plans To Prosecute Graduates Who Don’t Repay

Over the last week, words of outrage have begun to appear on my Facebook feed, all expressing horrified reactions to headlines along the lines of: “Government will prosecute those who fail to repay their student loans on time, warns Jo Johnson” – The Independent “UK student loans: ‘we will trace and prosecute borrowers who don’t pay’” – The Guardian Usually I’m one of the first to throw … Continue reading Why You’re Wrong About Government Plans To Prosecute Graduates Who Don’t Repay

How to Survive Your First Year at Uni: The Basics

So you’ve got your results, and hopefully you know where you’re going. Now the worry starts to set in. In this blog, I answer some of your biggest questions about university, even the ones you thought no-one else had. How scary is it to actually live independently? How am I supposed to deal with all the cleaning and cooking, and not poison myself? Ok, first … Continue reading How to Survive Your First Year at Uni: The Basics

Introverts: A Neglected Creative Resource

This post is part of a short series I have written on introversion and extroversion. Read my previous two posts: The Lonely Introvert and Born To Be Wild (Or Not) to find out the difference between introverts and extroverts, and whether there is a biological basis for this difference. “I wish she’d contribute more in class” “She needs to speak up more” “Maybe soon she’ll come out of her shell” Throughout … Continue reading Introverts: A Neglected Creative Resource