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It’s not pure open access or bust Subscription

16 April 2015

The Higher Education Policy Institute produces analytical blue books and more polemical yellow books. The latter are particularly designed to stimulate debate. The recent letter from Michael Taylor suggests…

No way to manage tragedy Subscription

16 April 2015

So the death of Stefan Grimm may not have been prevented even “if revised policies on performance management had been in place”

Quality evaluations Subscription

16 April 2015

How much do student evaluations of the quality of academic staff in universities reflect the quality of academic research?

Free speech or just abuse? Subscription

16 April 2015

My friend Geoffrey Alderman and I agree on most things, but on the matter of his academic freedom and the mock-academic conference on Israel’s right to exist at the University of Southampton, I have to differ

Journal of feasibility Subscription

16 April 2015

In response to Aileen Fyfe’s comments, there is an example of a scientific journal successfully forgoing large profits

Paying the piper Subscription

16 April 2015

Nick Hillman notes that “since students and lecturers are facing larger class sizes…they should be asking where all those £9,000 fees are going”. The answer is clear…

Equality comes from within Subscription

16 April 2015

Scottish universities committing to gender balance on their governing boards is a step in the right direction. However, it is disappointing that they have once again missed the opportunity to…

Dressing up a scapegoat Subscription

16 April 2015

The used-clothing industry is not hidden. There have been various television, radio and newspaper features on it, and it employs tens of millions of people worldwide

Early viewing advisable Subscription

16 April 2015

I am shocked to hear of the poverty of accommodation, valued at a miserly £16,000 a year, offered to the president of Imperial College London by his employer

Calling off Israel event is setback for freedom Subscription

9 April 2015

The decision of the University of Southampton to cancel a conference that was to have been held later this month under the auspices of its school of law amounts to a massive setback for academic freedom in this country

Licence absurdity Subscription

9 April 2015

The proposal by Hepi for a UK national open access licence was announced on 30 March. If only Hepi had delayed the announcement by two days, it could have been written off as an April Fool’s Day joke…

Home Office hurdles Subscription

9 April 2015

Unfortunately, Miwa Hirono has become the victim of Daily Mail-peddled nationalistic, anti-immigrant, political ideology, which has Home Office staff lawyers obliged to appeal every immigration tribunal success

If it’s broke, fix it Subscription

9 April 2015

Fred Inglis claims that “nobody provides any account of what to do, of how to prevent an ideologically demented and morally unprincipled government and its stooges from turning an internationally celebrated university system into…

Success, past and present Subscription

9 April 2015

I read with interest the letter from Paul Whiteley on the Higher Education Funding Council for England research funding allocations, and offer the following observations

Zeroing in on zero hours Subscription

9 April 2015

Ed Miliband should be applauded for his pledge to provide workers with a proper contract if they work regular hours on a zero-hours contract for 12 weeks. Casualisation is higher education’s dirty little secret and we will be keen to…

Diversity in boardroom Subscription

9 April 2015

The editorial in last week’s Times Higher Education was quite simply excellent. I am delighted that it recognised the unfairness and lack of gender equality across all levels and areas of higher education

Expenses claim Subscription

9 April 2015

Lincoln Allison remembers when senior academics and vice-chancellors led a relatively ascetic existence and compares it with today when many v-cs are paid salaries similar to those of chief executives in industry

Funding allocations: a whole lot of nothing Subscription

2 April 2015

The Higher Education Funding Council for England’s funding allocations demonstrate that the entire system of research assessment is an expensive waste of time

What are they doing here? Subscription

2 April 2015

London Metropolitan University’s senior management recently found in their own staff survey that 83 per cent have no faith or confidence in their leadership

Fair diplomacy Subscription

2 April 2015

As an academic with experience in the UK and Saudi Arabia’s university systems, I welcome Faisal Abaalkhail’s accurate description of a “lowering of standards” in the UK as a result of an eagerness to recruit overseas students

Putting the ‘I’ in music Subscription

2 April 2015

In response to Emma Rees’ article on “mesearch”, I’ve been thinking about my personal biases as I’m writing up my PhD on the theology of music

Embedded in the culture Subscription

2 April 2015

Having disinterestedly copy-edited well over 100 business school research papers over the years while working in a highly ranked business school, I offer some thoughts on possible reasons why…

A history of cheats Subscription

2 April 2015

Apparently “cheating is blossoming” in Russian universities. This is nothing new. The use of shpargalki (cribs) has a long and dishonourable tradition in Russian education

No apathy? Who cares? Subscription

2 April 2015

There have been a number of end of spring term student protests and occupations at London universities . Strangely, however, none of those commentators who regularly…

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