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  • A paper with a view

    I got this email a while back: Dear William Congratulations again on publishing your article, 25 Years on: Looking back at Environmental Education Research, in Environmental Education Research, earlier this year. It is an accomplishment to be a published author, take a...

  • Glasgow's hidden electric cars

    News the other day that, two years ago, Glasgow City Council bought 200 electric cars for use by its staff.  Commendably "progressive" you might think.  Less impressive is the fact that they have not been used at all since purchase....

  • I stand with Kathleen Stock

    I fear for her safety and for the future of the university.

  • Panda XR

    The XR Youth Solidarity group, together with activists from WTF WWF, targeted WWF UK headquarters last month.  The Guardian reported that they went there to express solidarity with indigenous groups across Africa who they say have been evicted and persecuted...

  • Woodpecker carbon footprint

    What's the carbon footprint of a great spotted woodpecker [Dendrocopos major]? That might sound a silly question given that these fine birds are in wild populations [click here for vital stats].  They might even be thought to have a negative footprint given...

  • To Dundee by bus

    Do you know how long it takes to get to Dundee by bus from St Andrews?  Or when that university's biodiversity strategy was approved?  No?  Then woe betide you if you hope to get a degree from that august institution....

  • Education: A Very Short Introduction

    A second edition of Gary Thomas's OUP publication, Education: A Very Short Introduction, has now been published.  When this book first appeared in 2013, with its stimulating, readable approach, I thought it was so good that the Department of Education ought...

  • Smooth words from a Secretary of State

    This is the text of a letter that the (now ex-) Secretary of State for Education – Gavin Williamson – sent to Teach the Future's campaign co-ordinator, Tess Corcoran: 7 September 2021 Dear Tess, Thank you for your letter of...

  • High-flying environmental education

    As I noted the other day, the University of Reading held a Climate Education Summit on September 15th.  It aimed to attract young people, scientists, teachers, policy wonks and activists in order to create "a new, nationwide action plan for...

  • Will Gibb survive this time?

    A cabinet reshuffle is taking place, and speculation is rife that the gaffe-prone Education Secretary of State, Gavin Williamson, is due for the chop.  And chopped he has been No 10 has confirmed. Of more interest to me is what...