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The real Game of Thrones: mediaeval mythology

Higher ed institutions are always looking out for ways to lure students into studying the humanities with courses based on popular culture. It seems like an easy enough recipe: take a wildly popular cultural phenomenon, find an academic angle on it, and watch the student number grow like bacteria in a petri dish. We’ve seen courses on The Walking Dead and The Simpsons, among many others.

Courses for horses: equestrian training

For all the neighsayers out there, you can’t just buy a horse and keep it in the back yard. Well you can, but the horse will be miserable and so will you. These beautiful animals need care, exercise, lots of food, veterinary attention, somewhere to sleep out of the rain and cold, shoeing and hoof care, fences to keep them from disappearing, grooming, companionship and hay. And those are just the basics.

Filling the UK’s Health & Social Care skills gap

The number of people in the UK with health problems that require health and social care is growing. Over the next 20 years the percentage of people over 85 will double, and this will bring a commensurate rise in people with complex health needs. There will therefore be a greater need than ever for qualified Health and Social Care workers. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the 2017 budget that he was going to give a cash boost of £2 billion to the Care sector, which came as some small relief after years of cuts.

Beyond the banana: workplace wellbeing for SMEs

Is it worth spending money and resources on employee health and happiness? According to research by Nuffield Health, FTSE 100 companies that report on employee health and wellbeing outperform those that do not by 10% on the bottom line. This suggests that employee wellbeing translates directly into business wellbeing. But does this correlation imply causation? Let’s look at a few other stats from the same report to help us decide.

Quit the day job and become a ski instructor

If you can already ski pretty well, there might be a career opportunity for you in the form of a recognised ski instructor qualification. Getting qualified could pay for your ski holidays. But first, which qualifications are the most widely recognised worldwide?

Scottish universities widen medical school access to poorer students

Medicine is a highly competitive course to get into at university, but traditionally students from Scotland’s poorest neighbourhoods have not attempted to enter the meritocracy that medical school admissions should be. It does cost a lot of money to put yourself through medical school, but grants, loans and other financial assistance are available. An initiative by Universities Scotland aims to raise awareness of the possibilities open to applicants from poorer backgrounds.