Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Podcast on "bonkers degree courses"

This podcast was recorded by Paul Greatrix, registrar at University of Nottingham (who began his career in academia at Staffs), and in it he considers the development of awards with niche titles, and defends their legitimacy based on sound QA procedures and delivery by experienced academic staff. I love the idea of an award in Zombie Studies!

His concerns are more around degrees with less defensible academic origins, eg homeopathy, and refers to the Arthur Koestler chair of the paranormal at Edinburgh University - which reminds me of "The Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks" by Christopher Brookmyre.....

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