Category Archives: Education

The future – it’s not like in the movies

This is the second of the opinion pieces that I’ve been asked to write as part of the Scotsman newspaper 200 year celebration. It was published in the Scotsman on 3rd August, 2017, but I thought I’d reproduce it here, … Continue reading

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How do you prepare for an uncertain future?

This is taken from an article I had published as an opinion piece in the Scotsman as part of their 200th anniversary celebrations. The original article was published in the Scotsman on 24th May 2017, but seems to have disappeared from … Continue reading

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That’s not true; we’re not like that!

I blame the media. No, we’re not talking superinjunctions this time; it’s just a bit of a misunderstanding, that’s all. But passions are running high. As I’m sure most of my regular readers are aware, I’m involved in a community … Continue reading

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Are transferable skills more important than specialist subject knowledge in graduates?

I’ve just taken part in a debate at the first SHEEF (Scottish Higher Education Employability Forum) conference, supporting the motion: ‘This house believes that, in this day and age, high level transferable skills in graduates are more important than specialist … Continue reading

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What would you choose; a university degree or $100K?

I’ve been reading with interest some responses to Peter Thiel’s (founder of PayPal & Facebook investor) announcement that he is to provide 24 young people with $100k to drop out of college and start their own businesses.  http://www.fastcompany.com/1755089/legendary-investor-peter-thiel-names-dream-team-of-whiz-kids It seems … Continue reading

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How to encourage potential entrepreneurs to ‘go for it’, part 2

A wee while ago, I wrote a blog post about some of the things that the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) is doing to encourage students to think about setting up their own business after they graduate. Last week, SIE … Continue reading

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How to Inspire Students to become Entrepreneurial

I’m fortunate enough to head up an organisation that exists to encourage students to become more entrepreneurial, and to consider starting their own businesses. I have a great team, and we see some really amazing young people with great ideas. … Continue reading

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