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Now is the time to call pensions conference Subscription

20 November 2014

We are dismayed to see that the University and College Union has proposed a career revalued benefits scheme for pensions that, if accepted, would considerably worsen our terms and conditions of service without…

Standard measures Subscription

20 November 2014

A revealing approach to tackling the challenge of the relative standard of degrees might be to require universities to publish not just syllabuses but also examples of past exam papers

An anonymity problem Subscription

20 November 2014

I write in response to the article on whether post-publication peer review can endure the legal action launched by a US scientist who claims that anonymous comments posted on Pub Peer cost him a job offer

Revisionist view of closure Subscription

20 November 2014

As someone who has studied the field of international relations, Steve Smith will be well acquainted with the idea of regimes trying to rewrite history for their own purpose

Librarians are just the job Subscription

20 November 2014

As I sit in the Medical Library of the University of Cambridge pondering the outbreak of the Ebola virus, a librarian is giving skills training to two postgraduates…

100% pay penalty fails to see staff in round Subscription

13 November 2014

I am writing to complain about how the University of Surrey is handling the University and College Union marking boycott. I am a final-year undergraduate and feel ashamed of the university that I have, up until now, loved attending

Real pension consequences Subscription

13 November 2014

Perhaps, rather than being so keen to join in radically diminishing staff pensions, Universities UK might like to think more broadly and more long term about the unanticipated consequences of the unsightly rush to reform pensions

Another dimension Subscription

13 November 2014

The article on the decline in mature students resonates with me. I left school at 16 and had a series of uninspiring office jobs. I went to night school to expand my knowledge and qualifications and by my…

Towards interoperability Subscription

13 November 2014

Research Councils UK welcomes the Association of Research Managers and Administrators’ help in developing better interoperability in relation to collecting information on the outcomes of research council-funded research

A little something Subscription

13 November 2014

Although female academics who spoke at the Australasian Evolution Society conference spoke for less time than their male counterparts, because more of them spoke, the average female academic attendee…

Eats shoots and leaves Subscription

13 November 2014

Out of interest, why do we need to know where John Gill took Sir Steve Smith to lunch in London?

USS reforms will only undermine scheme Subscription

6 November 2014

The decision by the University of York to deduct 100 per cent pay in response to the University and College Union’s democratic mandate to initiate an assessment boycott in the Universities Superannuation Scheme pension dispute can only be seen as…

Pharmacy’s bitter pill Subscription

6 November 2014

Greg Clark, the universities minister, has announced that there will be no attempt to manage entry into undergraduate pharmacy programmes in England

Madness in the method Subscription

6 November 2014

At a recent meeting with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, we sought to understand the methodology that has seen the agency deliver swingeing cuts in allocated teacher training student numbers to the University of Cumbria for the third year in succession

Audit culture costs Subscription

6 November 2014

In response to the feature on the monitoring of academics, the Association of Research Managers and Administrators was pleased to see that Frances Buck, co-founder of Researchfish, acknowledged the strategic importance…

Grade grudges Subscription

6 November 2014

In my last couple of years working at The Open University, I was conscious of a rise in expressions of disappointment from students about what they considered to be a low grade in an assignment

Giving is getting research Subscription

6 November 2014

May we politely point out to Charles Keidan that research on philanthropy has been well established in British historical scholarship for many years

House of spirits Subscription

6 November 2014

The University of Cambridge’s Combination Rooms do seem to be fertile grounds for ghost-hunters

Who is leading the call for QAA review? Subscription

30 October 2014

The Higher Education Funding Council for England’s announcement on 7 October of a “quality assessment” consultation came as quite a surprise

Private ways to advance Subscription

30 October 2014

Alan Milburn is clearly right to highlight the role of higher education in social mobility, but frustratingly, the focus is still on the few, getting the “gifted” minority into traditional universities

History’s minority Subscription

30 October 2014

We write as a group of concerned black historians and teachers anxious to highlight during Black History Month the alarmingly low numbers of black history students at undergraduate and postgraduate level…

The efficiency agenda Subscription

30 October 2014

Last week’s cover story on the monitoring of academics raised some interesting points about staff assessment and academic freedom

Regional concerns Subscription

30 October 2014

It is difficult to understand the basis of the suggestion in the city growth report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce that graduates do not work in the cities in which they have studied

Through the wardrobe Subscription

30 October 2014

I struggled with Sally Feldman’s article…about academic dress. I know plenty of chic female academics. I wear dresses and am also a radical feminist, and an academic

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