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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

False assumptions of the USS Subscription

23 October 2014

Last week, the Employers Pension Forum published “Proposed Changes to USS – Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings”. The document contains misinformation and a mistake

Decolonising the academy Subscription

23 October 2014

Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman’s article and the event to which it draws attention are important contributions to the project of “decolonising” an academy that too often opts for whitewashing and erasure of its problematic historical past…

Who is the priority? Subscription

23 October 2014

As a student at the University of Essex, I’ve had the pleasure of being mentored by Marina Warner, Glyn Maxwell and Derek Walcott

Sociologists everywhere Subscription

23 October 2014

Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald’s argument that the social sciences need a shake-up seems to have overlooked the fact that social scientists are often employed in a number of fields outside their own disciplines

Knowing their limits Subscription

23 October 2014

In response to Bruce Macfarlane’s piece, I come from Hong Kong, and am now living in England. I’m one of the privileged who can immigrate

Take a cold shower Subscription

23 October 2014

The suggestion made by two University of East Anglia students that urinating while showering could result in huge water savings may have health consequences that were not foreseen by the authors of this scheme

Single watchdog is better than several Subscription

16 October 2014

The announcement by the Higher Education Funding Council for England of a review of the arrangements for carrying out quality assessment raises a number of issues that the sector would do well to ponder

Liberal studies Subscription

16 October 2014

Frank Furedi convincingly argues that the virtues of a liberal education have been supplanted by an economic instrumentalism reinforced by an ideology that sees the recipients of higher education as “customers” rather than as students

An invigorating influence Subscription

16 October 2014

Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald’s lament about the state of the social sciences suggests that they are unfamiliar with the healthy and vibrant discipline of geography

Divergence is a dead end Subscription

16 October 2014

The call by Ferdinand von Prondzynski for sustained divergence of higher education in Scotland misreads history and misinforms regarding the best route to future development

Pensions puzzle Subscription

16 October 2014

The Employers Pension Forum published a Q&A purporting to explain the reasons for the proposed changes in the Universities Superannuation Scheme with the date 11 August 2014. I read it in early September, and realised…

After Chávez Subscription

16 October 2014

Mike Cole praises Venezuela for “the promotion of social democracy and the mass alleviation of poverty”. He also claims that in Venezuela “there is an emphasis on justice for Afro-descendants and…

An NHS for education may remedy UK ills Subscription

9 October 2014

Danny Dorling presents a worrying portrait of growing economic inequality in the UK and argues that “schools and universities could be seen to be adapting to, and reinforcing”, this situation

Cyber-squawkers are go Subscription

9 October 2014

Felipe Fernández-Armesto and Christopher Davidson offer different takes on tweeting

Market gains Subscription

9 October 2014

The report on the colloquium on the marketisation of higher education held at the University of West London to celebrate the work of Roger Brown, with notes on inputs from Joanna Williams and Patrick Ainley, makes most interesting reading

Entrenched economics Subscription

9 October 2014

The subject of economics appears to be stuck in a deep rut of rote learning, complex mathematical-based theory and squabbling over ideologies rather than devising good advice for business

Taking PhD skills as read Subscription

9 October 2014

We were interested to read “On the PhD quest, the first step is always an open book”, emphasising the role of extensive reading in the establishment of an appropriate research question - a point of view that we heartily endorse

A funny queasy feeling Subscription

9 October 2014

Are those of us who savour the irony of a British professor’s feeling the need to write “in a personal capacity” about academic freedom allowing a sense of humour to habituate ourselves to the horrendous?

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