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Postgrad initiative falls short of a revolution Subscription

18 December 2014

The government’s support for a postgraduate loan scheme is to be warmly welcomed. The Treasury and ministers at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills also made the right call by…

Impact’s sting in the tail Subscription

18 December 2014

I would like to applaud Alison Phipps for her article on the personal cost of impact

Too important to fail Subscription

18 December 2014

As the president of All European Academies (ALLEA), the federation of 58 European academies of science and humanities, I welcome the emphasis that Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has…

Sever support for Kirk Subscription

18 December 2014

Because of the historical association between the Kirk and Scotland’s four ancient universities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St Andrews), these higher education institutions still prepare students for…

Cracking the code Subscription

18 December 2014

I was surprised to read in the article on university governance Ferdinand von Prondzynski’s suggestion that the sector should “initiate a process that will lead to the drafting of a new code”

Citation strategies Subscription

18 December 2014

Times Higher Education reports that Eric Anicich recommends classifying a paper according to the type of citation it is, and in particular, to try to eliminate negative citations from citation counts for evaluating the quality of research

It’s our duty to assess the costs of the REF Subscription

11 December 2014

As we await the results of the research excellence framework 2014, it is time to reflect. The basic idea of identifying and directing research funding towards excellence must be right

The measure of dropouts Subscription

11 December 2014

I read with interest the leader on the National Audit Office’s report into financial support for students at “alternative” providers

Is this bill to be borne? Subscription

11 December 2014

The government’s proposal to put “universities under a statutory duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” has nothing to do with preventing acts of terror. It is a blatant piece of propaganda, designed as…

Fare thee well Subscription

11 December 2014

Having worked as an academic for more than 40 years, I’ve decided to retire next month. Several colleagues have asked me why, given the option to work beyond 65. There are a few reasons.

Otherwise engaged Subscription

11 December 2014

How splendidly appropriate was the choice of Peter J. Smith, author of Between Two Stools, to review Dara Blumenthal’s pretentious disquisition on our excretory habits…

Interrogating the anti-terrorism bill Subscription

4 December 2014

The government’s proposed statutory duty on universities in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill will require universities to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”

Plotting happy endings Subscription

4 December 2014

As a lecturer and higher education programme leader in a further education college, I agree with Kevin Orr when he says that HE in FE can “change lives”. However, it is worrying that…

No logic in job cuts metric Subscription

4 December 2014

The redundancies currently taking place at the University of Warwick represent a revolution in the meaning and purpose of academic work

New branch for humanities Subscription

4 December 2014

Like Sarah Churchwell, I am not immune to the appeal of a good read from within the literature’s considerable variety

Recognition and reward Subscription

4 December 2014

We applaud the advice from Annette Cashmore for those seeking promotion based on teaching

V-c was here Subscription

4 December 2014

During the Second World War, the village of Simpson (now part of Milton Keynes) was home to a number of workers from nearby Bletchley Park. Local history research has identified that…

Phantom menace Subscription

4 December 2014

How refreshing to read in a serious journal a proper account of poltergeist and other paranormal phenomena

On the rocks Subscription

4 December 2014

The grey whale on the last page of the “Super size me” report is belly up. Is Times Higher Education trying…

Members make their pension statement Subscription

27 November 2014

Ninety members of the UCU sign a letter to Times Higher Education condemning the UCU’s compromise action on pensions, and THE gives this considerable prominence in its news coverage. This could lead…

Mistakes and potatoes Subscription

27 November 2014

It is difficult to credit events at Swansea University’s School of Management. The Family Piercy have been in post for more than 18 months, a period characterised by a significant number of staff resignations and by widespread staff and student unrest

Science slighted Subscription

27 November 2014

As a science academic, I found Sarah Churchwell’s essay rather depressing. The article conflates the enjoyment of culture and the study of it. No one has said that humanities do not matter; rather, the question being asked is…

Uniform alignments Subscription

27 November 2014

Chris Rust’s article “Unknown qualities” raises interesting questions about UK degree standards. Why shouldn’t universities be exposed to the same levels of scrutiny as schools, especially considering the significant amount of money…

Cicero’s incalculable gifts Subscription

27 November 2014

So Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones “would willingly obliterate every word of Cicero” for just one book of Ctesias’ lost work Persian Things. Farewell, then, to the following words…

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