Category Archives: Learning

Work with nature, not against it

A successful turf surface is one where the groundsman or greenkeeper works with nature, not against it. What I mean by this is that we must nurture nature by understanding ecological processes and the impacts maintenance activities and weather conditions have on these processes. Don’t try and force grass to grow (making it weak, more susceptible to disease and easier to wear and be kicked out of a surface) by applying an incorrect fertiliser or with a late in the year fertiliser application just

Open data – use it for fun or serious business decisions

Data are (yes it’s plural) everywhere, but what is available as ‘open data’ is also vast. “Open data is data that anyone can access, use or share. Simple as that. When big companies or governments release non-personal data, it enables small businesses, citizens and medical researchers to develop resources which make crucial improvements to their communities.” (The Open Data Institute, https://theodi.org/what-is-open-data) Where can you find open data? Well, local authorities, Governing Bodies and Government funded research projects provide a wealth

Coding skills in courses and for the workplace

Having the ability to code (e.g. HYML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery) and programme (e.g. PHP, MY/SQL, Python,) to gain the most out of digital technology is a skill increasing being required within the workplace. Gaining specialist skills in cybersecurity are seen by one author as being a good investment if you want to “assure 50 years of steady, well-paying employment” (Alec Ross, 2016 ‘The industries of the future’, p.150), although here I am considering the more general aspects of coding and

Learning – What is it?

We all seem to learn something everyday, in some shape or form, but what actually is meant by learning and how can I improve my own learning experience? The Oxford Dictionary provides a definition for learning [noun] as “The acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught.” (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/learning) Wikipedia provides a more extensive definition as: “Learning is the act of acquiring new or modifying and reinforcing existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences which may lead to

The unfairness of funding of tertiary learners: Apprenticeships and degree programmes

Tertiary education: Further education and higher education. I am slightly confused over why the UK Government funds further education apprenticeship programmes, many up to £27,000 for an individual  (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding-bands) yet does not fund higher education degree courses, which currently attract a tuition fee of £27,750 for an individual for a course (https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/university-tuition-fees/). Why the contrast? The Government’s rationale for higher education tuition fee changes back in 2010 was that “Graduates who have completed their studies and become one of the country’s higher earners