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REF analysis: looking beyond boundaries Subscription

22 January 2015

We would like to provide amendments to Adam Crawford’s analysis of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account awards and research excellence framework outcomes

The USS: fact and fiction Subscription

22 January 2015

We write as representatives of the Left on the Higher Education Committee and other University and College Union activists who are utterly opposed to any retreat from defending members’ pensions

Correction to Hesa figures Subscription

22 January 2015

I represent the department of anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and I write to correct the published scores for my department in your subject rankings of research intensity

To know the difference Subscription

22 January 2015

John Shand’s review of my book Global Philosophy: What Philosophy Ought to Be grotesquely misrepresents what the book is about.

A carrot no more Subscription

22 January 2015

Dorothy Bishop hits the mark on all the negative consequences of our short-sighted research culture

Definition of the mission Subscription

22 January 2015

In Bahram Bekhradnia’s argument for making higher education less dependent on the market and instead providing more financial support through taxpayers, he describes the sector as one that “everybody agrees is essential for national well-being”

REF: how a one-man crusade got started Subscription

15 January 2015

My initial reaction to the letter from some of my colleagues in the history department at Lancaster University was not to dignify it with a response. But on reflection, I believe its claims to be sufficiently inaccurate to warrant a reply

Pension outsiders Subscription

15 January 2015

Eminent doctors and infectious disease experts have, rightly and courageously, taken the lead in the efforts to deal with the Ebola outbreak. Imagine if vice-chancellors or employers’ human resources teams criticised them on…

Awkward allocations Subscription

15 January 2015

I take issue with the headline attributing a claim of “ineffectiveness” against the Economic and Social Research Council to me

Make sense of science Subscription

15 January 2015

The Royal Society has recently published guidance on the career expectations of doctoral students in the sciences. The statistics suggest that only a small minority are working in higher education research roles or in…

Second chance to engage Subscription

15 January 2015

The new National Networks of Collaborative Outreach programme is an opportunity that the sector cannot afford to waste again. It is a chance to give schools and colleges a stake in…

Winter sun Subscription

15 January 2015

My gloom at returning to work (and the tsunami of marking) was considerably alleviated when I realised that there was a quiz hidden in the map in the Campus Close-up article

REF: late crusaders and early adopters Subscription

8 January 2015

While we the undersigned colleagues of Derek Sayer essentially agree that the research excellence framework is deeply problematic (we think the vast majority of the sector do as well), we are bemused by…

USS: index of anguish Subscription

8 January 2015

In the debate over the level of the salary cap to be introduced into USS pensions, in which members would receive career revalued benefits (CRB) on up to £50,000 of their salary, little seems to have been said about…

Faith, hope and charity Subscription

8 January 2015

In Norman Bonney’s letter “Sever support for Kirk”, he proposes that the privileging of Church of Scotland candidates training for ministry in the Scottish universities should end. For the sake of greater clarity, it is worth noting…

Editorial expectations Subscription

8 January 2015

To paraphrase Churchill, “The peer review system is the worst system there is…apart from all the others.” Journal editors need skin as thick as that of a rhino and nerves of steel. However…

Seats of learning Subscription

8 January 2015

Graffiti. That’s what’s missing from John Sutherland’s examination of campus lavatorial facilities

REF questions: could we do it for a fiver? Subscription

1 January 2015

All congratulations to the research excellence framework winners of course, but the cost (human and financial) of the whole exercise has been questioned by many

The madness of King’s Subscription

1 January 2015

You report on your website that King’s College London is planning to change its name to “King’s London”. I was about to scorn the idea…

USS guesswork Subscription

1 January 2015

We write as members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme who are concerned that negotiations over the future of our pension scheme are based on the projection of a very large deficit based on…

Medicine, a distant dream Subscription

1 January 2015

We are all limited by our imagination. And our imagination is contained by experience, our own and that of those known to us. Therefore someone born into an environment where no…

Languages divide Subscription

1 January 2015

I applaud the argument that a deeper understanding of foreign languages is essential in international negotiations, be they commercial, political or cultural

Silent treatment Subscription

1 January 2015

Roger Morgan in his review of Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds informs us that in 1951 Bevan “demonstrated his leftwing credentials” by refusing to address the Cambridge University Labour Club

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…

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