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This issue contains articles on:                Appraisal: a gendered
agenda?Does appraisal disadvantage women? asks Sally Brown
(University of Northumbria at Newcastle).Course Handbooks: key
questionsA good course handbook can help the new student understand
how their course and institution works administratively, as well as giving other
useful information. David Baume (London Guildhall University) looks at what goes
into a good
handbook.Staff Induction: some
personal reflectionsMark Griffiths (University of Plymouth) shares
his experience of a Staff Induction Course.A
ManifestoEmpowerment is a worthy ideal, now somewhat in the
ascendant. But Simon Horsman (Coventry University) asks us to consider if
decisions are being made wholly or partly on the basis of money values, and you
are not involved, aren’t you then disempowered?Group Projects in Biological
SciencesJ Verran, J Wilcox, M Dawson and E Bingham (Manchester
Metropolitan University) describe the project final year students undertake as
part of their Bsc (Hons) Applied Biological
Sciences.Industrial Placements for
Law LecturersRuth Soetendorp (Bournemouth University) looks at the
increasing view that a short placement for Law lecturers in a practice office or
in chambers is a vital element of continuing staff development.Time for a
Sabbatical!A change is a good as a rest? John Lloyd (South Bank
University) takes a sabbatical with the management team at his local
hospital.Work Placement as Careers
EducationTony Watts and Ruth Hawthorn (NICEC) describe the
development project they carried out for the Employment Department on guidance
aspects of the Enterprise in Higher Education initiative.Constitutional Law Through
SkillsKevin Kerrigan (University of Northumbria at Newcastle)
discusses the experiences of second year LLB students during the then Newcastle
Polytechnic’s third annual Skills/Alternative Learning Fortnight (February

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