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THE Features archive

Big brother in the academy Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

As monitoring of scholars’ performance, time and output increases, so do reservations about its value and effectiveness

Why philanthropy merits scholarly study Subscription

23 October 2014

As giving grows in importance, universities need to engage seriously with the topic, says Charles Keidan

Intellectual cowardice Subscription

16 October 2014

Scholarship can be a fearsome activity, as Chris Walsh discovered when he set out to investigate the figure of the coward

What’s the point of the party conference? Subscription

16 October 2014

Martin McQuillan takes a whistle-stop tour of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat events

Do the social sciences need a shake-up? Subscription

9 October 2014

Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald examine the state of the disciplines

Interview: Hoarder or collector? Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

In his new book, Scott Herring aims to ‘depathologise’ hoarding. He talks to Matthew Reisz

How to win a Nobel prize

2 October 2014

Four scientists reflect on the perks and drawbacks that go hand in hand with winning the most prized prize

History: the key to decoding big data Subscription

2 October 2014

The academic discipline is invaluable in detecting and debunking myths about the past and future, say Jo Guldi and David Armitage

Danny Dorling on education and inequality Subscription

25 September 2014

Education systems in England are reinforcing divergence in wealth – we must guard against it

No place for introverts in the academy? Subscription

25 September 2014

In today’s brave new world of university learning, students aren’t allowed to be shy, says Bruce Macfarlane

Priced out of postgraduate education Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

Students who want to do master’s degrees are stymied by a lack of state finance. Paul Jump investigates how funding can be fixed

Calm in the classroom Subscription

18 September 2014

Dale Salwak on how he creates a space where students can focus, safe from life’s distractions

The lost art of listening Subscription

11 September 2014

Students and lecturers no longer seem able fully to engage with each other, writes Tom Palaima

Interview with the authors of Aspiring Adults Adrift Subscription

11 September 2014 | By

What do students learn at US colleges? Not much, found Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in Academically Adrift. Their sequel follows the same cohort into adulthood

Parenthood and academia: an impossible balance? Subscription

4 September 2014

Male and female scholars speak frankly about juggling parenting and research

Benefits culture: rethinking Mozart on Maggie’s dole Subscription

4 September 2014

Nicholas Till acknowledges his debt to Margaret Thatcher and explains why he regrets his Cambridge degree

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