It’s interesting to see how the world has moved on in terms of communication. Even in longform, most people will post on something like Medium. This blog is an anachronism: but one I’m not willing to turn off quite yet.
Sometime ago I posted a link to another blog containing a link to a degree classification calculator for Open University degrees. However, the way the classification is calculated for OU law degrees is slightly different. Luckily, it’s pretty simple to work out.
The OU law degree consists of 4 mandatory courses: W200, W201, W300 and W301. For W200 and W201, multiply your grade (1–4) for each course by 60. For W300 and W301, multiply it by 120 (to reflect the degree of significance for these courses). Take those four numbers and add them together. Their sum will give your class of degree:
- 630 or fewer — First class honours
- 631–900 — Upper second class honours
- 901‑1170 — Lower second class honours
- 1171 or more — Third class honours
There is one trick to this. If you have a poor result in either W200 or W201, you can replace half of it with a better result in one of the law short courses: W221, W222, W223 or W224. For example:
Grade 3 pass of W200: 3 × 60 = 180 points.
Grade 3 pass of W200 and a Grade 1 pass of W223: 3 × 30 plus 1 × 30 = 120 points
That can be enough to pull you up a grade!
Just for completeness — while you need to sit 360 points’ worth of courses, it is (with the exception noted above) only the 240 points of the mandatory law courses that count to your law degree classification.
Source: (and a really useful read for all OU law students) Choosing your path to an Open University Law degree: a guide
Look what French kids get up to at their A-Level equivalents:
A row has broken out in France over whether 15- and 16-year-olds should be allowed to create transgenic Escherichia coli bacteria in the classroom.
Practical experiments in which students learn how to use plasmids to alter the DNA of the bacteria have been under way for 17 and 18-year-olds in the final year of the scientific baccalaureate at schools across France for the past decade.
When I was in my final year in School, in 1985–6, we used to be able to do biology at this sort of level (not exactly of course, plasmids hadn’t even been discovered then — but approximately the same level of technique.
I bet kids in the final year of A-Levels in the UK nowadays aren’t even allowed near live cultures, let alone being allowed to breed new ones.
Using Mars-like soil taken from Atacama Desert, a study confirms Mars has organics, and Viking found them.
A reanalysis of Mars Viking experiments shows the probes did find organics.
The result was not initially understood due to the strong oxidation effects of a salt in the Mars soil known as perchlorate.
A follow-up study on perchlorate-enhanced soil similar to what’s found on Mars revealed fingerprints of combusted organics.
The Viking 1 Lander, illustrated in this model, touched down on the western slope of Mars’ Chryse Planitia (the Plains of Gold) on July 20, 1976.
This is to where, one day, I would hope to retire:
It’s a dream, but it’s a good one. Look around in the map on the link. The house to the left of the blue door is where I spent many many holidays as a kid.
The main window, on the middle floor, used to be a big bay window where you could sit in and read books and watch the fishing boats come in and out of the nearby harbour. I’d change it back to how it was.
Be strong, Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats, and don’t get seduced into a coalition government. A sop-seat in the Cabinet isn’t worth it. You won’t get to forward your agenda. And the voters, next election, won’t forgive you. This has happened before, in 1979. It took the party a generation to recover.
There is another way. Look to the Scottish Parliament for inspiration. Support the issues, not the party. It doesn’t matter to you which of the major parties is holding the reigns of government. You have preferences, sure, but those preferences surely must be subordinate to exercising the mandate of the electorate. They didn’t vote for deals.
This route has other advantages. You’ll be in the media all the time, and we now know you can do well there. Without unconditional support, the (admittedly remaining) excesses of either party’s political agenda won’t be able to be pushed by them. Your party’s opinion will count on every issue.
The last thing the UK needs right now is strong government. Don’t get sucked into giving us it.
That pub on the left looks familiar…
So have seventeen seconds of extreme cuteness instead:
I’m in San Francisco at the moment, but will be motorbiking through California over the next couple days. More photos soon — I’ll not have my laptop with me, so I’ll be updating my twitter feed first.