Features Archive

 

Subscribe to
Foot about to step on banana peel

10 steps to PhD failure

Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could also use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer)

Businessperson wearing red boxing gloves

‘We’re worth more’: casual teaching staff fight back

Graduate teaching assistants are campaigning to improve temporary workers’ low pay and poor treatment. How is the battle going?

Group of people with road signs over mouths

Why I should be free to cause offence

Lincoln Allison argues that it is becoming harder for academics to share controversial ideas

Lead feature montage (20 August 2015)

Which universities are the most innovative?

Ellie Bothwell introduces our four ‘innovation indicators’ and reveals the strongest performers as we visualise a new ranking based on university-industry collaboration

Headless statue, Frankfurt, Germany

Should memorials to controversial historical figures be removed from universities?

Three academics examine buildings, art and statues that arguably have no place on a campus in 2015

Chameleon sitting on barcode

International and postgraduate fee survey, 2015

Postgraduate loans are around the corner; will they drive fees up?

Man lying beneath rugby pile-up

The worst piece of peer review I’ve ever received

Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system

Balloons caught in tree

City values versus academia’s ‘slow’ virtues

Universities were once urged to ape the governance models of the Square Mile, but big business could learn from some collegiate practices, suggests Malcolm Gillies

Men hanging painting on gallery wall

What purpose do campus art collections serve?

Are such treasures art for art’s sake, v-cs’ follies or vital assets that further institutional missions?

United Kingdom Queen's Guard bending spoon bayonet

Is ‘risk-based’ quality assurance too risky?

The big game-changer ahead may not be plans to ‘root out bad teaching’ via a TEF, but a shift to light-touch quality assessment

Trekkers crossing river, Tarkine rainforest

Why do students study so far from home?

Nick Hillman examines the endurance of the boarding school model of higher education

Silhouette of people building scaffolding

How might a teaching excellence framework be built?

As a vague policy commitment moves towards reality, Jack Grove assesses the potential ways and means

Man lying on beach, Glyfada, Greece

Brexit: the perks and pitfalls for higher education

After Tory victory in the general election, an EU exit could become reality. We hear from both sides of the debate

Armed Iraqi fighters standing on smoke-covered road

Scholarship on the front line: life in Iraq and interviewing IS

Academic Victoria Fontan has borne witness to Iraq’s unfolding tragedy. She discusses encounters with Islamic State and US troops and her fears for the country’s future

Feature illustration (9 July 2015)

Medieval dread: student deviance and devilry

Even centuries ago, student misconduct and violence vexed townspeople and authorities. The behaviour, says one scholar, highlights negative stereotypes and socio-political tensions

Couple pushing car full of numbers up hill

Metrics: how to handle them responsibly

Amid concerns about the growing use – and abuse – of quantitative measures in universities, a major new review examines the role of metrics in the assessment of research, from the REF to performance management

A woman floating in the sea

The postdoc experience: hopes and fears

Six early career researchers reflect on their experiences

Hungarian woman wearing a plastic bag in the rain

Can free thinking continue amid authoritarian culture?

With Hungary accused of ‘undermining democratic values’, Malcolm Gillies considers to what extent universities with a liberal mission can flourish in ‘illiberal’ societies

A group of people wearing gas masks

Peer review: not as old as you might think

Peer review is often thought of as ancient and unchanging, but it is neither – and it shouldn’t be treated as a sacred cow, argues Aileen Fyfe

A black and white crowd scene with a few people highlighted

The UCU at the microlevel

What are the key issues local union branches are dealing with, and how do they manage relationships with institutions in what many activists argue is an increasingly confrontational environment?

Most Viewed

  • Foot about to step on banana peel

Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could also use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer)

  • Lead feature montage (20 August 2015)

Ellie Bothwell introduces our four ‘innovation indicators’ and reveals the strongest performers as we visualise a new ranking based on university-industry collaboration

  • Harvard University statue

China continues to advance, but Japan dips in Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking based on research strength

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

By Steve Kolowich, for Inside Higher Ed