New articles from Academic Matters

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There is more to Academic Matters than just the print issue. New articles are being added to the Academic Matters website every week. Here are some recent articles you might find interesting:

Banning large university parties won’t work — students need to be empowered to propose change
By Wendy Craig, Queen’s University, Ontario and Klodiana Kolomitro, Queen’s University, Ontario
“Every year instructors carefully plan what they’re going to teach during the semester. Then something significant happens that makes us pause and we have to resist the temptation to teach what was planned for the next day. The perfect storm was created over the…”

Working from home made women academics feel worse than ever about juggling roles
By Cyrill Walters, Stellenbosch University and Armand Bam, Stellenbosch University
“Academic guilt is well-established in literature on the work of women scholars who are simultaneously mothers and lecturers, homemakers and researchers, nurturers and administrators. It’s a sense of not being able to cope with conflicting demands on one’s time and is often…”

The climate crisis gives science a new role. Here’s how research ethics must change too
By Alexandre Wadih Raffoul, Uppsala University; David Fopp, Stockholm University; Emma Elfversson, Uppsala University; Helen Avery, Lund University, and Ryan Carolan, Swinburne University of Technology
“Young people across the world have taken to the streets again, demanding decision-makers at COP26 listen to the science. But if science is to live up to these expectations, a fundamental rethinking of research ethics in light of the climate and ecological crises is…”

Students are told not to use Wikipedia for research. But it’s a trustworthy source
By Rachel Cunneen, University of Canberra and Mathieu O’Neil, University of Canberra
“At the start of each university year, we ask first-year students a question: how many have been told by their secondary teachers not to use Wikipedia? Without fail, nearly every hand shoots up. Wikipedia offers free and reliable information instantly. So why do teachers…”

Fair access to university depends on much more than making students ‘job-ready’
By Sally Patfield, University of Newcastle
“Today is World Access to Higher Education Day, but Australia is still a long way off fair access for students from all backgrounds. The enrolment share of students from low socio-economic, regional and non-English-speaking backgrounds fell in 2019. And that was before…”

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