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Time to enter the European HE communication awards

Time to polish up your entry for the European higher education communications ‘Oscars’ and gain the recognition you deserve from PR and marketing peers across the continent. The annual EUPRIO Awards shine the spotlight on outstanding campaigns and projects and encourage the sharing of best practice by university communication teams all over Europe. Judging and […]

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Thank goodness Labour built new hospitals

Nic Mitchell explains why he is so glad Labour built a first-class hospital in Middlesbrough equipped with the latest equipment and expertise to fight cancer when they were last in power. I’d like devote this short ‘Cancer-talk’ blog to the importance of the May 7 General Election and its impact on the future of the […]

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Share new ideas at EUPRIO 2015 in Perugia, Italy

European university PR and communications representatives will be gathering in the ancient Italian city of Perugia in September to reflect on the upheaval taking place across higher education in Europe. Here’s my look at what members of EUPRIO will be talking about. The three-day event promises to be a great opportunity to share the latest […]

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‘Focus less on international student recruitment’ – Prof

A LEADING European academic has urged western universities to focus less on international student recruitment and do more joint research with developing countries in South East Asia and Africa to overcome man-made problems like climate change. Gerhard Schmitt, Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zürich and founding-director of the Singapore-ETH Centre was speaking at the […]

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Mind your marketing language, universities urged

Universities should ‘stop inflating the language’ in their marketing communications and return to old-fashioned virtues, such as truthfulness, integrity, modesty and dedication if they want to win back public trust. That was the blunt warning from Dr Sijbolt Noorda, the opening keynote speaker at a conference of European higher education public relations and communication practitioners […]

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Swiss immigration vote is warning for the UK

Switzerland’s political elite were not the only ones taken aback by a popular vote against mass immigration – and the reaction from the European Union has lessons for those clamouring to end Britain’s EU membership. That’s the warning from the rector of a top Swiss university after a tiny majority of 50.3% voted to support […]

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‘Reward scientists who can communicate with the public’

A German think tank is recommending rewarding scientists who are good at engaging with the public, writes NIC MITCHELL. Scientists who engage with the public deserve not just support and appreciation, but also “remuneration and incentives,” says a position paper from the Siggen Circle. The paper entitled, The Siggen Call for Action – Shaping science […]

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EU exit would damage British universities

Universities have warned that a British exit from the European Union would be “potentially disastrous” for higher education and the wider research community, as I reported for University World News. Without membership of the politico-economic union of 28 member states, Britain would not just lose access to billions of euros worth of research grants, but […]

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Britain acts to reverse fall in postgraduate students

As demand for full-time English undergraduate education continues to confound the prophets of doom by going up this year – despite the near three-fold increase in tuition fees – concern is mounting at falling applications for postgraduate courses, especially from UK students. Key among areas of concern is the decline in UK-domiciled students enrolling on […]

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Sharp decline in part-time students in England

A third of students at English universities study part-time, but numbers are falling and the decline accelerated between 2011 and 2013 to the alarm of policy makers who fear the downward spiral could harm the economic recovery. Ten years ago, 47% of all entrants to higher education in England were on part-time courses. Today, that […]

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