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We will pay too high a price for independence Subscription

18 September 2014

The results of your survey show that a majority of Scottish academics will vote “no” in the referendum on 18 September and that an even larger proportion believe that separation will be damaging for Scottish universities

Reading music Subscription

18 September 2014

The interview with Stuart Dunlop, the director of music at the University of East Anglia, contained the very encouraging suggestion from Dunlop that “it [the university] has made a substantial commitment to music”

Hanging on your every word Subscription

18 September 2014

Getting students to listen is the perennial problem of teaching, matched by the problem of getting them to read

Solving the literacy puzzle Subscription

18 September 2014

It is strange that the article “The puzzle of UK graduates and their low-level literacy” didn’t consider the issue of measurement performance indicators as themselves a possible explanation for the puzzle

IP ‘surrendered’ at outset Subscription

18 September 2014

Requiring students to grant rights over their intellectual property to a university has become usual since the 1990s when one or two higher education institutions began it, the University of Leeds among the first I believe

Languages pushed to brink Subscription

18 September 2014

It was interesting to read that modern foreign languages are being marginalised in some of our post-92 universities in the wake of the fees hike

Divergence has delivered dogma Subscription

11 September 2014

Following recent letters in THE, and in response to Ferdinand von Prondzynski, there are points to be made in respect of both the performance of Scottish universities and the pernicious impact of the nature of…

Primitive culture Subscription

11 September 2014

The experience of Jason Haye is an unusual one, linked to a one-off incident. But it also raises a serious issue about higher education culture in general

The burden of caring Subscription

11 September 2014

While the article “Home truths”, which explored the struggle to balance an academic career and parenthood, was interesting, a great many words have already been devoted to the topic

PhD positives Subscription

11 September 2014

As a final-year PhD student at the University of Manchester I felt the need to respond to the rather negative portrayal of PhD study previously highlighted

No easy landing for jet set Subscription

11 September 2014

It appears that freshers with a spare £25,000 can spend it “on a private jet to arrive at university”

Salary Spartacus Subscription

11 September 2014

I was surprised and delighted to see in your article “Bands of gold: salaries by academic rank” that, among the group of vice-chancellors and principals, there is at least one person who earns “up to £20,000 a year”

When we travel, our values travel with us Subscription

4 September 2014

I believe that recent Times Higher Education coverage of University College London’s presence in Qatar offers an incomplete picture of our activity in the Gulf and the role that we are playing locally to minimise labour abuses

Intellectual surrender Subscription

4 September 2014

Re Fred Inglis’ feature “Trained obedience”, on the docility of intellectuals in the UK academy today. It has been said that once you give up your “no”, it is hard, if not impossible, to get it back

Different, yes, but better? Subscription

4 September 2014

Ferdinand von Prondzynski claims that “Divergence has delivered results” for Scotland. Really?

#explainittome Subscription

4 September 2014

Re “Legal scholar’s ‘political’ tweets ruffle a few feathers”. Social media sites tend to have long and complex terms of use and privacy policies that basically state that the sites can commodify all personal data of their users

Students’ IP is their own Subscription

4 September 2014

I was astonished to learn from Sebastian Conran that Plymouth University, among other institutions, requires students when they register to sign away their intellectual property rights in anything they create while studying at the institution

Apathetic assessment Subscription

4 September 2014

Thomas Harrison’s article “Let the right one in” argued about the importance of including in the selection process an assessment of candidates’ teaching in action

Och aye, comrade Subscription

4 September 2014

A. W. Purdue in his review of National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963 by Richard Vinen informs us that some recruits learned “Russian in a pseudo-Soviet village on a Scottish island where no other language was spoken”

Academia and beyond: life after a doctorate Subscription

28 August 2014

Highlighting the challenges of doing a PhD in order to manage the expectations of prospective doctoral candidates, both during and post-PhD, is of course extremely valuable. However, I was disappointed that…

Unconscious bias Subscription

28 August 2014

It is a delight to hear about University of Oxford vice-chancellor Andrew Hamilton’s recognition of the phenomenon of unconscious gender bias in academia, and I happen to agree with him that both men and women play a part in permitting this state of affairs to persist

Geeks will inherit the earth Subscription

28 August 2014

The assertion in the Week in Higher Education (News, 14 August) that computer science graduates are the least employable is incorrect

Scottish freedom Subscription

28 August 2014

Terry Brotherstone says that my argument for “no” in the 18 September Scottish referendum did not address the “democratic deficit” in Scottish universities. It didn’t because Scotland doesn’t need independence to sort it out…

Gringo challenge Subscription

28 August 2014

The article on “gringos” (“graduates in non-graduate occupations”) lingering in underemployment for too long highlights an important issue

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