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THE Essays

The myth of the strong leader Subscription

10 April 2014

Archie Brown on lessons for universities from political leadership

Turbocharge teaching with a team of rivals Subscription

20 February 2014

Courses led by interdisciplinary groups can energise teachers and students, says Robert Zaretsky

Why do some academics feel like frauds? Subscription

9 January 2014

Ruth Barcan believes such feelings are a logical response to a broken academic system

Beware ‘brain-based learning’ Subscription

12 December 2013

Enthusiasm for ‘neuroeducation’ risks blinding people to its potentially limited efficacy, argues Steven Rose

Belinda Jack on cliché, the nemesis of thought Subscription

28 November 2013

Academics must counter ‘verbicide’, which constrains expression, to foster new ideas and ways of seeing

Still relevant: The Making of the English Working Class Subscription

21 November 2013

Robert Colls on why E. P. Thompson’s landmark book belongs on more university reading lists

Tom Palaima on the power of mentors Subscription

14 November 2013

A mentor provides far more than inspiration and sage advice, says Tom Palaima, who fears for the future of such guiding relationships in the era of Moocs

Elegy in a country churchyard Subscription

24 October 2013

The death of his father prompts Nicholas Till to consider the interconnectedness of things

Optimism is a sine qua non for scientists Subscription

26 September 2013

A career in science is built on hope and naviety as well as intellect, argues Russell Foster

Fracking research: playing with fire? Subscription

19 September 2013

To avoid conflicts of interest, academic research must be transparent and independently funded, says Cary Nelson

Stoner: a classic tale of a 'small' academic life Subscription

12 September 2013

John Williams’ novel about the careworn life of an obscure US academic deserves its belated success

Decline and fall of American presidencies Subscription

1 August 2013

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Gerald Kauvar and E. Grady Bogue on early departures and how to avoid them

10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you Subscription

11 July 2013 | By Tara Brabazon

There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon

Identity crisis for women’s studies Subscription

20 June 2013

Lisa Downing on why the erosion of women’s, gender and sexuality studies in UK universities is cause for concern

An early modern feminist Subscription

6 June 2013

Liz Schafer explores why the work of the playwright Elizabeth Cary has been so marginalised

Brian Sewell: Every picture tells a history Subscription

23 May 2013

Today’s students are impoverished by a scant knowledge of culture and context, but the story of art should be a sine qua non of any curriculum

Teaching inside the moment Subscription

4 April 2013

Dale Salwak on the sudden realisation that knowledge of his subject had become intuitive understanding and lecture notes could be put aside when teaching

Composition and decomposition Subscription

28 March 2013

Nicholas Royle on the rise of creative writing and the need for fresh forms of ‘creative reading’

Traditional values Subscription

14 March 2013

An impassioned Fred Inglis on why the idea of the public university must be kept alive

Opus versus output Subscription

7 March 2013

Artistic practice can certainly be research - but the present model in UK universities is confused and lacks intellectual rigour

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