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Dreaming of a more democratic academy Subscription

21 August 2014

As a member of staff at a Scottish university, I found Times Higher Education’s latest issue of particular interest

Ray of light Subscription

21 August 2014

It is important to highlight three misleading claims in ”‘Dismal’ start for free public open access service”, since these will potentially damage a valuable new service that local libraries are offering to the public

Friction at Queen Mary Subscription

21 August 2014

For someone of his seniority, the manner of John Allen’s ejection from Queen Mary was unprecedented. After notice of dismissal was served, he was given only

Hidden side to satisfaction Subscription

21 August 2014

The contention that smaller institutions seem to do better than larger ones for student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey falls into the trap of what the statistician Howard Wainer calls “the most dangerous equation”

Swansea carry-on Subscription

21 August 2014

What a carry-on at Swansea. As Nigel Piercy, the dean of the management school, yells “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!”, Swansea’s senior managers seem to be…

Nonsensical pay gap between v-cs and staff Subscription

14 August 2014

Michael Shattock characterises the large pay gap between vice-chancellors and lecturers as “out of hand”. As a retired University of Hull academic…I found the 16 per cent increase to the Hull vice-chancellor in 2012-13 unacceptable

Loans in everyone’s interest Subscription

14 August 2014

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has been warning the government for years that most teachers who don’t become senior leaders will have their student loans written off. Now it seems that…

Tips for longevity Subscription

14 August 2014

Your article “Turnitin ‘nears end of charmed life’ amid complaints over cost” might be because Turnitin has diversified from being a focused plagiarism detection service to become a comprehensive coursework submission, grading and feedback service

Crushed by debt burden Subscription

14 August 2014

The human wrecking ball David Willetts is lobbying for universities to “buy” student loan debt and wants the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to pilot an undergraduate fee hike to £16,000 a year. This is surely another…

Missing core of science Subscription

14 August 2014

Tim Birkhead and Bob Montgomerie mostly blame school science teaching for an increase in scientific fraud. They correctly determine that fact-based teaching and a tick-box mentality in the science curriculum fails to…

Grade variation Subscription

14 August 2014

Victoria Halman is right to highlight the differences in the distribution of classifications between subjects. However, she might have also pointed to the differences produced by the variety of classification algorithms in use

Queen Mary dismissal Subscription

14 August 2014

As an emeritus professor at Queen Mary University of London, I write in response to your article “Dismissed: scholar who criticised use of metrics to determine job cuts” to point out that this is yet a further downward step in the…

Enhancement achievements Subscription

14 August 2014

As the authors of the report on the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s role in teaching enhancement, we were disappointed that your article concentrated only on the weaknesses of the initiatives rather than the achievements

The empire strikes back Subscription

14 August 2014

Tempting as it might be to take advantage of the marketing opportunities available by associating Darth Vader with the University of Leicester as Times Higher Education suggests, we must disappoint aspiring Jedi knights by pointing out…

Just what is driving the two-in-one track? Subscription

7 August 2014

I read with interest the article on integrated degrees, which attempted to throw light on why the qualification has grown in popularity in the past five years

Innovative collaboration Subscription

7 August 2014

The engineering skills shortage debate has been raised again as the result of a recent report…published by Cranfield University in partnership with the Higher Education Academy.

Full-spectrum Israel studies Subscription

7 August 2014

Charles Keidan’s article distorts the nature of the growth of Israel studies and the role that my organisation has played in that expansion

Lost in abbreviated history Subscription

7 August 2014

The disturbances in Ukraine should make us rethink the policy of updating history courses at all levels by bringing the starting points progressively closer to the present

Hefce’s supporting role Subscription

7 August 2014

The report on the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s role in learning and teaching was commissioned by the Higher Education Academy at our request, and reflects our commitment to independent review

Ceremonial duties Subscription

7 August 2014

At the University of Portsmouth, where I lecture, all graduands receive two free graduation tickets and pay just £10 for extra tickets. But when our younger son graduated from his university recently, we had to pay £70 for a pair of tickets

Going to waste Subscription

7 August 2014

Shame on the University of the Arts London for its po-faced reaction to Ann Plumb’s ceramic turds

Short-changed on pension details Subscription

31 July 2014

I could not help but be drawn to the contribution from the chair of the Employers Pension Forum last week. After all, I had met Anton Muscatelli three-quarters of a year ago in the studio of BBC Two’s Newsnight

Prevent language death Subscription

31 July 2014

In June 2013, the University of Salford announced that it would close its modern languages department. Following the local University and College Union branch’s resolution to support colleagues through…

Fees in a free Scotland Subscription

31 July 2014

Ferdinand von Prondzynski’s account of the legality of an independent Scotland charging tuition fees to students from the continuing UK is misleading

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