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There’s no shame in a business background Subscription

17 April 2014

Would Vernon Bogdanor be as dismissive of his own field of government as he is of my fields of business and management when specifying the most important qualities required in a vice-chancellor

Imperfect policies Subscription

17 April 2014

The suicide of Charlotte Coursier and the subsequent investigation into allegations of harassment have raised complex and very troubling issues for the University of Oxford…

Placements position Subscription

17 April 2014

I found the report on a survey that discovered that nearly all undergraduates say work placements and careers advice are valuable, but that less than half end up using them, rather frustrating

Acts of mimicry Subscription

17 April 2014

Now I get it. Perhaps as a strategy to enhance their packages, vice-chancellors adopt the language, ideas and practices of their paymasters, putting aside those values…

If... Subscription

17 April 2014

If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs because of QAA…

Taxing graduates Subscription

17 April 2014

According to Emran Mian, a graduate tax would solve none of the problems the current system of student loans faces

Data driven Subscription

17 April 2014

As a member of the group that was formed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to look into student information and which commissioned the report referred to in the article…

Your salary can make you sick Subscription

10 April 2014

It seems clear that vice-chancellors in the UK are catching a bad case of what the Americans call “CEO disease”. A search on Google for “CEO disease” reveals many of the symptoms

Interrogating sources Subscription

10 April 2014

In the matter of Zygmunt Bauman “rebuts plagiarism accusations”, I stand with the accused

Lost in house of mirrors Subscription

10 April 2014

Sir David Watson is right about the divisive effect of the “Russellers”

Channelling talent Subscription

10 April 2014

“Look at any real population of academic staff…you’ll see not a uniform group of similarly capable, functionally equivalent individuals, but a tremendous diversity….” This is spot-on in accuracy

Gilded pages Subscription

10 April 2014

As a new junior lecturer 10 years ago, a colleague commented that she had visions of me secretly squirrelling pots of money away. In that spirit, I was wondering whether…

Alternative reality Subscription

10 April 2014

Three cheers for Mary Midgley and her campaign to insist on common sense truths such as that we have free will

Memorable monikers Subscription

10 April 2014

One gets the impression that the QM(U)L staff’s view of management would include a number of highly memorable four-letter “phonetics”

Removal in progress Subscription

10 April 2014

“What is the value of pro vice-chancellors?” asked Jamie Targett rhetorically in The Poppletonian

On academic issues, law bows to managers Subscription

3 April 2014

Having sat through most of the hearing and considered the judges’ remarks as the case proceeded, I formed the view that what most colleagues regarded as the unfairness…

Open must be affordable Subscription

3 April 2014

We are grateful to members of the web community, including Peter Murray-Rust, who are working hard to enrich the data on open access publishing and to highlight current problems

Primed and readied Subscription

3 April 2014

The feature “The rise of the route masters” could have benefited from contrasting private pre-degree schemes with the aims and values of some of the earliest university foundation programmes to be established

Upping access Down Under Subscription

3 April 2014

In regard to “Lifting the cap ‘fails to widen access’ in Australia”, your article on the impact that Australia’s approach to funding higher education by demand rather than supply has had on access…

Reading problems Subscription

3 April 2014

I think that Julian Elliott has not gone far enough in his criticisms of the dyslexia myth and industry

Unhappy resolution Subscription

3 April 2014

I am a senior lecturer at a UK university who has been in post for more than 10 years. Until two years ago, I would have paid scant attention to the story “PhD scholarship appeal bid fails” as I had…

This bias has wings Subscription

3 April 2014

I was really enjoying “For the greater good”. It was, I thought, a well-argued solution to how the government should use the funding system to align the interests of students…

Vital facts pinned down Subscription

3 April 2014

Ray Stoneham worries that a “seismic shift to online discourse” will leave academics, who are not on first-name terms with modern-day referencing, “in their ivory towers calculating the number of…

Inhale…and relax Subscription

3 April 2014

Further to “Advice squad”, the feature about PhD supervision. In 1988, when I still smoked, I had my PhD viva in the department of government at the University of Manchester

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