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I was honoured to be asked to give the graduation address at this year’s St Andrews Day ceremony. The speech is below.
Are the international rankings indirectly fuelling the rise of MOOCs? And is there a positive feedback cycle at work?
The move towards massively open on-line courseware (MOOCs) has the potential fundamentally to change the practice and experience of university. But what does it feel like to study on a MOOC-delivered course?
I will be giving my inaugural lecture on the topic of “The computer is the new microscope.”
Changes to admissions systems in the UK and Ireland simply tinker with the existing approach. They don’t address the more fundamental changes in the relationship between university education, economic and social life.
If we don’t adequately fund the arts, where will all the digital content come from?
Is the success of the UK and US in global university research rankings any more than a consequence of the choice of particular metrics? And does this explain the design of the funding and evaluation methodologies?