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This issue contains articles on: Expansion and Quality Robin Cohen (University of Warwick) argues that the issue of measuring the quality of our expanded system of Higher Education has barely been addressed. Gender, Learning and the Conference Circuit There is plenty of documentation of the disproportionate amount of time given by school teachers to boys, but, says Peggy Nightingale (University of New South Wales), there is now increasing evidence that similar events occur in Higher Education. Open Book Examinations Professor Thomas Gray (University of Strathclyde) states the case for ‘open book’ examinations, arguing that they allow the examiner to shift the balance more towards the so-called higher mental abilities. Transferable Skills Teaching in the Humanities Phillip Cole (University of Staffordshire) highlights what he sees as the misplaced hostility towards transferable skills in the Humanities. British Universities in the World of Business Herbert C Macgregor (University of Leicester) asks how successfully can the university’s traditional role and environment be adapted to conform to the principles of modern business and commerce? Student Priorities Brian Jones (Thames Valley University) has a question: how do you bridge that gap between what students think they need to learn and what staff think students need to learn?Student Enterprise Teams Steven Wallis (University of Greenwich) describes how SETs can provide the necessary support mechanisms to an increasing student population. Networking Across Europe Sheila McCallam and Sue Wall (University of Northumbria at Newcastle) provide a guide on how to increase your contacts with colleagues across the Continent. The Nature of Mentoring Ralph Tuck (University of Huddersfield) sees the crucial role of mentor as one who encourages us to face ourselves, but who also supports us in our disappointments (and otherwise). Health and Safety in Laboratories At de Montfort University, Leicester, they have replaced the more conventional delivery of Health and Safety Training in practical chemistry with a student-centred learning approach based on work units. Malcolm Fox and Roger Latham tell us more. Productive Writing In this article, Mark Griffiths (University of Plymouth) aims to equip the reader with tips for managing the writing process and dispel the ‘myths’ about writing. Dilemmas of Change Carol Saunders, Jenny Rice and Tim O’Sullivan (de Montfort University, Leicester) discuss their research into the changes that have recently occurred in Higher Education.

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