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Let’s make higher education an election issue

In the workplace and at the ballot box, it is time to reject stale ideology, says Thomas Docherty

Death of the ascetics: the rise of the v-c lifestyle

University leaders command huge salaries. Lincoln Allison examines how asceticism gave way to abundance

Hannah Arendt: thinking versus evil

Jon Nixon asks what Arendt’s work can tell us about the value of universities as places of thinking together

Out of office: on research leave in Florence

Poring over manuscripts in the Biblioteca Nazionale prompts Nicholas Till to consider the benefits of studying original documents in a digital age

The rise of the medical humanities

Belinda Jack examines the growing field and considers the therapeutic effects of poetry

Thomas Docherty on academic freedom

Managerial fundamentalism has taken hold in universities, with scholars viewed as resources that must be controlled, argues the Warwick scholar

Intellectual cowardice

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

Benefits culture: rethinking Mozart on Maggie’s dole

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

Today’s intellectuals: too obedient?

Fred Inglis on the obligation of academics to speak truth to power

Work less, do more, live better

Reconsider long working hours, says Patience Schell, for leisure is vital for mind, body and productivity

Fred Inglis on Richard Hoggart

A leading light in the study of culture fought many battles that now need to be fought again

Whose side are we on in this moral contest?

Universities should not acquiesce in a system that perpetuates inequality - they must take a stand against it, argues Thomas Docherty

The myth of the strong leader

Archie Brown on lessons for universities from political leadership

Turbocharge teaching with a team of rivals

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

Why do some academics feel like frauds?

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

Beware ‘brain-based learning’

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

Belinda Jack on cliché, the nemesis of thought

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

Still relevant: The Making of the English Working Class

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

Tom Palaima on the power of mentors

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

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