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Shift in opinion over boycott of Israel Subscription

24 July 2014

The academic boycott of Israel is a boycott of institutions not individuals, and there has been a tidal shift of opinion in favour of a boycott - this week, a fourth US academic association voted to support it

Seeing the big picture Subscription

24 July 2014

David Roberts suggests that using full-slide images with minimal text can fully exploit students’ learning potential

Manage expectations Subscription

24 July 2014

The underlying story of discontent and aggressive management at Swansea University’s School of Management is, sadly, becoming all too common in UK higher education - and business schools seem to be especially prone to it

Transnational express Subscription

24 July 2014

As someone involved in international higher education in both a professional and academic capacity, I started reading Christopher Bigsby’s piece “Sunny side up” with great interest

All due process Subscription

24 July 2014

My experience leads me fully to concur with the view that institutions must follow best practice in bullying and other personnel complaints

Corrosive conformity Subscription

24 July 2014

I wonder whether Warwick students and alumni would welcome the “brand” of their university (or indeed their degrees) being associated with strict academic obedience and conformity and an avoidance of reasoned debate

Quality Moocs for all Subscription

24 July 2014

I noted with interest the caution given to Mooc providers to consider quality when it comes to launching a new programme

There is such a thing as bad publicity Subscription

17 July 2014

On the morning of the publication of last week’s THE issue containing an article about the allegedly overly aggressive style of management at Swansea University’s School of Management, Nigel Piercy, the dean, emailed staff…

Turn page on prospectuses Subscription

17 July 2014

Jan Culik bemoans the tendency of managerialism to stifle eclectic scholarship in the name of practicality and short-term impact, and asks what we might do about it

Boardroom imbalance Subscription

17 July 2014

The news that Wendy Purcell has been put on leave by Plymouth University’s board of governors is distressing

Stand with Docherty Subscription

17 July 2014

There has been a series of comments in THE since March about the situation of Thomas Docherty, a professor suspended by the University of Warwick

TOEFL: tried and tested Subscription

17 July 2014

I read with interest Karen Harris’ article “Degree-level study without language competency is absurd”

Scottish power cuts? Subscription

17 July 2014

Christopher Beedham can find out what his vote for independence will deliver if he reads Scotland’s Future – Your Guide to an Independent Scotland, the nationalists’ vision for Scotland

Starter for £10K Subscription

17 July 2014

I note that it is possible that the salaries of the most highly paid academics may be revealed

King’s cuts and runs from debate Subscription

10 July 2014

As a member of King’s College London in a department where a high proportion of staff who were eligible for sacking were put at risk, the letter from King’s posted on THE’s website raises a number of concerns

Named but not shamed Subscription

10 July 2014

Christopher Beedham makes excellent points in his insightful letter about the managerial blight that now paralyses UK universities (“A vote to leave the market”, Letters, 3 July)

Controlling impulses Subscription

10 July 2014

Like Christopher Beedham (“A vote to leave the market”, Letters, 3 July), I am an Englishman living in Scotland, but unlike him I will not be voting for independence in the referendum

I used to know that Subscription

10 July 2014

“Students have forgotten more than half of what they learned in their A levels by their first week of university,” reports the story “A levels? Forgotten long ago” (News, 3 July)

A clear signal about funding education Subscription

3 July 2014

Your report on how government policy may be informed by an unsupportable human capital theory of educational economics made sobering reading. What it did not do, however…

Obstacles to ethnography Subscription

3 July 2014

I enjoyed Laurie Taylor’s piece on immersive research, and - as a part-time criminologist - share some of his nostalgia for the heyday and published classics of ethnography

A vote to leave the market Subscription

3 July 2014

As an Englishman living in Scotland who has spent half his life in England and half in Scotland, I will be voting for independence on 18 September

I’m sorry I haven’t a clue Subscription

3 July 2014

Students, not just those studying A levels, do indeed forget a large proportion of what they have been taught

Tub stumper Subscription

3 July 2014

I was very interested to read your article on academic exile, not least because this is an experience I am familiar with, having held academic positions in England, the Netherlands and Scotland

Keyboard shortcuts Subscription

3 July 2014

[Your] article on plagiarism is a tad complacent when discussing this problem in the UK

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