Christopher Bigsby


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Christopher Bigsby on the markers and measures of a journey’s end

Dead-hard study, then a very final exam

Mortuary science finds the dead in good spirit, discovers Christopher Bigsby

Libraries: life in the margins

Christopher Bigsby considers their changing nature

Shut the front door!

Fear of offending makes a pig’s ear of free speech, says Christopher Bigsby

Some cheats are enterprising, if not moral

Christopher Bigsby on those who take a creative approach to academic rigour

Counting university contact hours is a waste of time

Discoveries made off-campus are as valuable as lectures, says Christopher Bigsby

Academia then and now

Christopher Bigsby reflects on an age of innocence, sherry and tenure

The wonder years: a journey to independence

Christopher Bigsby reflects on being a Fresher and the transition from the classroom to campus

Overseas branches serve it sunny side up

Christopher Bigsby on the pleasures and pitfalls of internationalisation

All literary festivals great and small

Christopher Bigsby on the hardships and high points of life under canvas

What’s Klingon for ‘impact’?

I’ve had it with university enterprise: beam me up, Scotty, says Christopher Bigsby

Laughter of despair

How much political folly can we stomach? asks Christopher Bigsby

Ashes to ashes, universities to dust

Universities are now like Jeremy Bentham, hollow husks of their former selves, laments Christopher Bigsby

Art and science: ‘two cultures’ with shared values

Forcing students to choose sides leaves them, and society, poorer, says Christopher Bigsby

Lecture abroad? Talk to my avatar

Christopher Bigsby struggles to see the point of travelling to give a lecture

50 maxims for market entrants

Christopher Bigsby offers some words of advice

Sporting fanatics

US universities feel the white-line fever

A breath of ‘fresh’ air

Christopher Bigsby loved Aberystwyth, despite the respiratory hazards

Hitch in (and out of) time

Christopher Bigsby on the declining art of taking a hike

Parallel parking

In an alternative universe, Christopher Bigsby is coining it in Vegas

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Former Ucas head to join Australia's higher education regulator

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Study finds little difference in levels of inequality in England, US and Australia as privileged families do ‘whatever it takes’ to gain advantage

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Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, explores the more bizarre parts of the academic world