Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

The Week in Higher Education

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

The Week in Higher Education

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Undergraduates heading abroad to study are more worried about how they will watch The Great British Bake Off than any academic concerns, the Evening Standard reported on 19 August. Experts from the British Council, the Student Loans Company and Universities UK had gathered to answer questions online about language learning, funding and overseas work, but found themselves bombarded with questions about the BBC One show, the paper reported. But the webchat's organiser Lizzie Fane, who runs the website ThirdYearAbroad.com, defended the student questions on non-academic subjects, saying that watching the homely programme could help with homesickness.

A new university has opened with a library containing no books, the Los Angeles Times reported on 20 August. Florida Polytechnic University opened its doors in late August, but its 500 students will be able to access only e-books - about 135,000 are available - when they enter its purpose-built library, the paper said. Printers for articles accessed online are available, but staff want students to organise their research online, it adds. Students will, however, be able to access the 6 million books in the Florida State University system if they feel the strange, old-fashioned urge to pick up a hardback volume or two. Director of libraries Kathryn Miller told trade magazine Library Journal that "it's the information that's key, not the form".

A student turned professional footballer is in the running for a top university prize for his essay on naval history. Peterborough United centre-back Christian Burgess, who signed for the club last week, has been nominated for the Royal Historical Society/History Today prize for best undergraduate dissertation, the Peterborough Telegraph reported on 21 August. "Brainy" Burgess, whose dissertation is on German naval expansion prior to the First World War, wrote the essay while at Teesside University and playing for Hartlepool United, the paper says. If the former Arsenal trainee, who transferred to Teesside from the University of Birmingham after turning pro, wins the competition, his essay will be printed in History Today - surely the first academic publication by a current professional footballer player. …

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