Author: Emma Sanderson

Is it a good idea to put our lecturers into leagues?

Rateyourlecturer.co.uk is a new site with a by-line that states it is ‘by students, for students’. Once registered, the site offers students from any University and any course the opportunity to rate their lecturers and leave comments. Complete with league tables and statistics the website appears to provide the answers to the frequently asked questions from panicking A-level students who are beginning to search for their ideal University. Sites such as the American based ‘rate my professors’ already exist and so the concept behind the website is not entirely new. The concept behind it is a good one. It...

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University of Liverpool pair make debating finals

“I’m super proud” says society president Two members of the University of Liverpool debating society, Niall O’Rourke and Natalie Burns, made it to the Novice finals at the Leeds Open 2013 last weekend. The pair broke 4th on the tab to the final, with the final won by Edinburgh. Their achievements in this competition, that was held at The University of Leeds last Sunday, is the second time that Niall and Natalie have broken after making the semi-finals at the NAMDA (Northern and Midlands Debating Alliance) which took place in October 2012. The Leeds Open saw a break for...

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Merseyside to elect Police and Crime Commissioner

On the 15 November 2012 an election will take place to elect the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside. A total of 41 commissioners will be elected across England and Wales. The elected Commissioner will be in office for four years until another election takes place. The Commissioner will undertake the role that is currently carried out by a committee of unelected members. This will involve deciding the budget, setting priorities for the force and hiring (also perhaps firing) the Chief Constable. The argument behind the change is to make the police force more accountable. By giving the...

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Law lecturer running for Police Commissioner

On November 15th an election will take place to decide who will become the Police and Crime Commissioner of your local police force. There will be one Commissioner for one county, for example Merseyside or Devon and Cornwall. Kiron Reid, a law lecturer at the University of Liverpool is amongst the candidates running for the Merseyside position. The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) role will include such things as overseeing the budget of the force, monitoring the progress of the force and holding the Chief Constable to account.  The idea is to make the police force more accountable and...

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