The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Articles from No. 2107, June 27

A Clockwork Universe Unboxed: Books
Michael Berry is unpersuaded by a radical theory that tries to reinstate the concept of absolute time.Time Reborn: From the Crisis of Physics to the Future of the UniverseBy Lee SmolinAllen Lane, 352pp, Pounds 20.00 and Pounds 11.99ISBN 9781846142994...
Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America: Books
Across the Pond: An Englishman's View of America. By Terry Eagleton. W.W. Norton, 192pp, Pounds 16.99 and Pounds 9.99. ISBN 9780393088984 and 3347647. Published 18 June 2013There's a good reason I've not ditched my 30-year-old, pre-wheels Samsonite suitcase,...
A Discipline Withers in Big Science's Shadow: Opinion
Projects such as industrial-scale genome sequencing waste scant resources and threaten the UK's science base, warns Bill Amos.Not long ago, the Nobel prizewinning scientist James Watson, co- discoverer of the structure of DNA, made a wry comment in a...
Admissions of Guilt?: Opinion
The rise of the market has raised concerns about some new practice in student recruitment, says Janet Graham.The principle that the process of applying to study at university or college will be fair lies at the heart of UK admissions. And although the...
(Almost) All Donations Gratefully Received: Feature
Universities must have clear protocols for accepting money - particularly from outside the UK - to ensure academic integrity, argues Chris Higgins.International fundraising and academic integrity are vital issues for all universities, yet the fevered...
An Apology for an Apology: ThePoppletonian-Yourofficialnewsletter
(With apologies to Private Eye)This Newsletter may have once given the impression that before becoming Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts was a well- educated, well-read, seriously sophisticated, relatively liberal intellectual....
Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art: Books
Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art, By Peter Osborne, Verso, 288pp, Pounds 60.00 and Pounds 19.95, ISBN 9781781681138, 80940 and 83354 (e-book), Published 20 May 2013A stuffed Jack Russell terrier stands on its hind legs, paws wrapped...
Appointments: People
University for the Creative ArtsWill AlsopThe man who designed the Hotel du Departement des Bouches-du-Rhone ("Le Grand Bleu") in Marseilles and the Stirling Prize-winning Peckham Library in South London joins the University for the Creative Arts in...
Campus Round-Up: CampusRound-Up
University of ExeterLast chance investmentResearch has found that older males make better fathers ... in beetles. Academics at the University of Exeter have found that more mature male burying beetles make better fathers than their younger counterparts...
Cardiff Baker's Dozen: For Expiry Date, Check the REF: News
University defends short-term contracts as critic condemns 'game- playing'. Paul Jump reports.Cardiff University is "in no way unusual" in hiring more than a dozen academics on relatively short-term contracts timed to expire shortly after the research...
Change Holes, Not Pegs to Widen Access: Letters
I do hope that your editorial is wrong and that we will not have to endure another decade of the argument about getting more state school pupils into so-called "top" universities, as I am fed up with it already and fear that I will never see its end...
Cruel Modernity: Books
Cruel Modernity, By Jean Franco, Duke University Press, 296pp, Pounds 70.00 and Pounds 16.99, ISBN 9780822354420 and 54567, Published 25 June 2013In Jonathan Littell's controversial novel Les Bienveillantes (in English, The Kindly Ones), a former SS...
Doctoral Foundation Stone for Architecture Lectureship 'Ageist': News
We weren't encouraged to do PhDs in my day, applicant tells tribunal. Elizabeth Gibney reports.An employment tribunal has heard claims that the University of Kent discriminated against an applicant on the grounds of age by making a PhD an essential criterion...
Fairer Sex and Fairer Countries: Books
A better gender balance in government benefits all ages and sexes, Sylvia Walby observes.The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating a New SocietyBy Alison WolfProfile, 464pp, Pounds 15.99ISBN 9781846684036 and 9781847654489 (e-book)Published 25 April...
Five Who Cast off Japan's Chains to Reforge Nation: News
UCL celebrates 150th anniversary of arrival in UK of fathers of modern state. Matthew Reisz reports.Five pioneering international students who risked life and limb to reach England before going on to become the architects of modern Japan are being celebrated...
From Where I Sit - Big, Bold and Highly Accessible: News
What do Arizona State University, the University of California, Riverside and the University of Central Florida have in common? Well, for a start they are all large - Arizona State alone has more than 70,000 students - and have boosted their total enrolment...
Grant Winners: News
ROYAL SOCIETYWolfson Research Merit AwardsAwards are worth Pounds 10,000-Pounds 30,000 a year, which is a salary enhancementAward winner: Veronique GouverneurInstitution: University of OxfordThe importance of the fluorine source for late-stage fluorinationAward...
Interview - Cracking Good Ideas: News
The entrepreneurial Anant Agarwal tells Chris Parr about eggs and edX, money and Moocs.As a 12-year-old boy in India, Anant Agarwal bought 80 chickens and set up a chicken farm in an outhouse in the yard outside his Mangalore home.Selling eggs to local...
Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing: Books
Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing, By Caetlin Benson-Allott, University of California Press, 312pp, Pounds 52.00 and Pounds 24.95, ISBN 9780520275102, 0275126 and 0954496 (e- book), Published 12 April 2013Between...
Leaders Show How to Build Gay-Friendly Campus: News
Cardiff University and Liverpool John Moores University are the UK's most gay-friendly universities, a study says.Both institutions scored full marks in an assessment by the gay rights charity Stonewall, which looked at the support available for lesbian,...
Lonely Hearts Club Strand: News
Derby biologists offer students fun way to learn how to write paper 'abstracts'. Paul Jump reports.Scientists wedded to the laboratory bench around the clock must have resorted on occasion to lonely hearts columns to find a preferable nocturnal pursuit....
McGill's Global Aims Undented by a Few Local Difficulties: News
Elizabeth Gibney in Montreal hears a principal outline her institution's 'complex mission'.Despite being one of Canada's most prestigious universities as well as one of its leading research institutions, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, does not...
Middle-Class Value Judgement: Books
Those quintessential Victorians were anything but mundane, Valerie Sanders discovers.The Bourgeois: Between History and LiteratureBy Franco MorettiVerso, 224pp, Pounds 14.99ISBN 9781781680858 and 83057 (e-book)Published 27 June 2013"Why was Victorianism?"...
News in Brief: News
International competition'Soft power' diverted EastThe British Council has warned that China and other Asian nations are racing ahead of the West in their efforts to bring cultural "soft power" to bear through educational missions to other countries....
Obituary - Nick Dusic, 1978-2013: People
A former director of the UK's Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) has died aged 34.Born in Salem, Oregon, on 17 July 1978, Nick Dusic made the UK his home after taking up a master's in environment, science and society at University College London...
OECD: Opening the Market Door Will Prove Costly: News
US-style charges await in unregulated system, education expert warns. John Morgan writes."Totally unreasonable" US tuition fees offer a stark warning about what happens when higher education is left entirely to the market, so England should maintain...
One-Fifth Column: But 100% Swansea for Assessment Purposes: News
Swansea University has said it will consider entering the work of 18 "distinguished research professors" into the research excellence framework even though none of them is based at the institution and some spend only a fifth of their time working for...
On the Same Page: Opinion
What Leveson proposed for press regulation was no 'leap in the dark' - the academy has a similar arrangement, Rob Behrens argues.A failure in regulation in one sphere of life should give people in other sectors pause for reflection: if it can happen...
On Visas, Coalition's Word Is Bond: Sadly for Sector, It Means This Literally: News
Universities have accused the government of reneging on a promise to deliver a period of "policy stability" on visas after plans were revealed that could lead to bonds being demanded from all international students to ensure that they do not overstay.From...
Ozone Player: Opinion
Christopher Bigsby loved Aberystwyth, despite the respiratory hazards.People assume that when I and others of my generation finished our PhDs there were jobs galore. Not so. I went to the University of Hull but the smell of fishmeal was more than I could...
Peacetime Propaganda: Letters
On BBC Radio 4's Today programme recently, Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker claimed that the world is retreating from violence and cruelty. According to the good professor, it seems we are in the midst of a Panglossian age. Such claims need...
Permanent Present Tense: The Man with No Memory and What He Taught the World: Books
Permanent Present Tense: The Man with No Memory and What He Taught the World, By Suzanne Corkin, Allen Lane, 384pp, Pounds 20.00 and Pounds 11.99, ISBN 9781846142710 and 9780141931562, Published 15 May 2013In 1953, at the age of 27, Henry Gustav Molaison...
Representative Change Results in More and Better Feedback: News
Appointing up to five student representatives per course improves the quality of feedback by giving a voice to different types of undergraduates, a study suggests.Instead of electing a single course representative at the start of the year, students at...
Return Universities to Education Department, Says Former Minister: News
Transfer should be reversed to improve widening participation, Rammell says. Jack Grove writes.Labour was wrong to move universities out of the remit of the Department for Education, a former higher education minister has claimed.Bill Rammell, now vice-chancellor...
Reveries in the Transition between States: Arts
The hopes and fears of a nascent superpower receive contrasting cinematic treatment. Austin Williams reports.American Dreams in ChinaDirected by Peter ChanWE Pictures, 2013The Road to FameDirected by Hao WuTripod Media, 2013In November 2012, well before...
Say Farewell to 'Elite'? Don't Mind If We Do: News
The ex-Archbishop of Canterbury talks to David Matthews about selectivity and funding.Describing some universities as "elite" puts off students from poor backgrounds and the word should be abandoned, according to the former Archbishop of Canterbury.Lord...
Sound Financial Principles: Leader
As the sector maps a funding environment where donations loom ever larger, ethical guidance wouldn't go amiss.Another week brings another round of cuts in the spending review for 2015-16.The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was the last...
Stranded in a State of Limbo: News
London Met students once threatened with deportation can't leave. David Matthews reports.Some international students at London Metropolitan University have been left without passports for nine months because of problems processing their visa applications.London...
Support, Not Statute: Letters
As a full-time academic who is a wheelchair user living with multiple sclerosis, discrimination is a fact of life. Unlike my colleagues I do not have a choice over how I get to work: public transport is not an option. Likewise, I face a number of environmental,...
Sussex: Prejudice without Listening?: News
Undergraduate members of senate resign over leadership 'disrespect'. Elizabeth Gibney reports.Two undergraduate members of the University of Sussex's senate have resigned amid continuing controversy over senior management's engagement with staff and...
The Characters of a Dynasty: Books
One family's correspondence traces decades of change in China, observes Jennifer Altehenger.The Lius of ShanghaiBy Sherman Cochran and Andrew HsiehHarvard University Press472pp, Pounds 25.00ISBN 9780674072596 and 73845 (e-book)Published 25 April 2013On...
THE Scholarly Web: People
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere."I despise Twitter...I think it's one of the worst things that's been created in my lifetime, and so there's no way I'm going to go on it. I dislike everything about it. I think that the notion of the immediate...
The Spice of Life: Feature
Variation powers life on Earth, unlocks the genotype-phenotype relationship and explains so much about our species and other animals, yet is largely ignored by university curricula. It's time for a rethink, argue Pat Monaghan and Tim Birkhead.A study...
The Week in Higher Education: News
Britain's best-known student society has been embroiled in its "dirtiest election in living memory", The Daily Telegraph reported on 19 June. Allegations of blackmail, computer hacking and sexism marred this year's contest for officer positions at the...
Watch the Watch Lists Say S Scholar as US Ban Lifted: News
A British academic who grew up in Somalia believes he has been taken off a US security watch list after a campaign against his treatment by border authorities.Nasir Warfa, senior lecturer at the Centre for Psychiatry at Queen Mary, University of London,...
What Are You Reading?: Books
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Anna Notaro, lecturer in media theory, University of Dundee, is reading Matteo Pericoli's Manhattan Unfurled (Random House, 2001) and London Unfurled (Macmillan, 2011). "Two beautiful books in...
Willetts: I Don't Want Research Restricted: News
Funds are allocated on project quality not desire to support elite, says minister. Chris Parr reports.David Willetts, the universities and science minister, has maintained that he does not have an agenda for further concentrating research budget allocations...
Women and the Bible in Early Modern England: Religious Reading and Writing: Books
Women and the Bible in Early Modern England: Religious Reading and Writing, By Femke Molekamp, Oxford University Press, 288pp, Pounds 55.00, ISBN 9780199665402, Published 21 March 2013Towards the end of the 16th century, an Elizabethan noblewoman wrote...