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Articles from No. 2038, February 23

Admissions Battle Will Be Derailed by Legal Limits on Offa Arsenal, Say Experts
Les Ebdon could face a legal challenge from universities if he tries to use the "nuclear option" of capping their tuition fees because they are failing to recruit enough students from poor backgrounds.The warning from two experts on higher education...
All Told, It's a Worldwide Revelation
A Global History of HistoryAuthor: Daniel WoolfEdition: FirstPublisher: Cambridge University PressPages: 596Price: Pounds 60.00 and Pounds 22.99ISBN: 9780521875752 and 699082The past decade has seen global history become part of the standard history...
A Matter of Quid Pro Quo, M'lud
The demise of state funding has altered students' attitudes to the legal profession, says Huw Morris.Privatising the Public University: The Case of LawBy Margaret ThorntonRoutledge, 270pp, Pounds 75.00ISBN 9780415677899Published 12 September 2011The...
Appointments
University of BathDavid MillerA newly appointed professor of sociology at the University of Bath aims to analyse the impact of terrorism studies as part of his new role. David Miller, previously professor of sociology at the University of Strathclyde,...
A Radical Antithesis
Universities are training grounds for engaged citizens, not terrorists, says Louise Richardson.Are universities hotbeds of radicalisation and training grounds for terrorists, or are they the antidote to radicalisation? They can be - and have been - both.In...
Arts and Humanities Offer Hobson's Choice
Budget-driven cuts mean language studies are now unavailable in some regions. Simon Baker reports.The number of different undergraduate degree courses being offered in UK universities has dropped by more than a quarter in the past six years - with one...
Basic Body of Knowledge
Illustrated Clinical AnatomyAuthors: Peter H. Abrahams, John L. Craven, John S.P. Lumley and Jonathan D. SprattEdition: SecondPublisher: Hodder ArnoldPages: 400Price: Pounds 34.99ISBN: 9781444109252This book aims to provide both medical students and...
Brunel to Offer a Special Sort of Self-Assessment
'The young have fewer preconceptions' - Will Self talks to Jack Grove about his new professorship."I am worried," admitted Will Self, pondering his new role as professor of contemporary thought at Brunel University.Not by the prospect of giving lectures,...
Campus Round-Up
Queen Mary, University of LondonRising in the EastA Pounds 36 million graduate centre is to be built after being given the go- ahead by planners. Set to open in 2015, the centre at Queen Mary, University of London's Mile End campus will include lecture...
Canadians Feud over 'Attack' on Academic Freedom
A row about a redefinition of academic freedom has escalated in Canada, with the head of the representative body for academics condemning the document as "a full-scale attack on academic freedom like no other we have seen".The Association of Universities...
Cap and Gown Learning on a Shoestring Budget
With novel credentials being developed and employers seeing the value of low-cost study based on open courseware, Jon Marcus asks if the bricks- and-mortar elite will end up on the wrong side of history.Ever since the open courseware movement was launched...
Creativity? It's All Greek to Me
Tom Palaima lauds a reflection on the millennia-old struggle to express original ideas through language.The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to CelanBy George SteinerNew Directions Publishing223pp, Pounds 15.99ISBN 9780811219457Published 24 January...
'Dangerous' Bird Flu Research Available to All
Two leading scientific journals are likely to publish in full two controversial papers detailing a new version of the bird flu virus that may be transmissible between humans despite a US federal advisory body warning of its potentially "catastrophic"...
Death Becomes Her
Adela Bradley, a glamorous, more saucy version of Miss Marple, is brought vividly to life, says Gary Day.A woman should always be careful about losing her head over a man. It could end up in a saucepan simmering nicely at gas mark 3. This was the rather...
Diary
ManchesterThe Devil's WallIdris Khan's new installation, to be seen in the UK for the first time at the Whitworth Art Gallery (until 13 May), draws inspiration from the pilgrimage to Mecca. At its heart are three large black cylindrical sculptures, each...
Diner or Dinner? an Endless Battle
Michelle Harvey gets caught up in the evolutionary arms race of six- legged predators and prey.How Not to Be Eaten: The Insects Fight BackBy Gilbert WaldbauerUniversity of California Press240pp, Pounds 19.95ISBN 9780520269125Published 13 February 2012The...
Discoveries at the Cutting Edge
Understanding Medical Research: The Studies That Shaped MedicineEditor: John A. GoodfellowEdition: FirstPublisher: John Wiley & SonsPages: 392Price: Pounds 25.99ISBN: 9780470654484Medical knowledge is advancing unbelievably quickly, and medical practice...
Dissatisfied?
Stefan Collini is, and he thinks you should be, too. He explains to Matthew Reisz why universities must not pander to students, business or the government and instead defend their own distinctive virtues.On the face of it, "student satisfaction" sounds...
Early Loan Repayments a 'Gift to the Government'
Students who repay their tuition fees early may simply be making an unnecessary "gift to the government", an economist has warned.Plans to levy hefty charges on graduates who pay off their university loans early were scrapped last week, reportedly to...
'Everyone Loses' in the A-Level Waiting Game
Plans for students to apply for university after getting their A- level results have been strongly criticised by an admissions advice group.In its response to a consultation by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service on post-qualifications applications...
Fresh and Formidable
Will Brooker is seduced by a romcom with a starry cast of actors of a certain age who give powerful, sexy performances.The Best Exotic Marigold HotelDirected by John MaddenStarring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie SmithReleased in the UK on 24 FebruaryThe...
From Where I Sit - P.S. Ich Liebe Dich
The German media have found themselves irresistibly attracted to a student who wants to turn flirting into a subject for academic analysis by introducing his own seminar on "live flirting training" and exposing the spurious theorising of the existing...
Grant Winners
LEVERHULME TRUSTPhilip Leverhulme PrizesThese prizes, worth Pounds 70,000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their field of study.Astronomy and astrophysicsAward winner: Emma BunceInstitution:...
Grounded in the Art of Learning
Study Skills for Geography, Earth and Environmental Science StudentsAuthor: Pauline KnealeEdition: ThirdPublisher: Hodder EducationPages: 320Price: Pounds 15.99ISBN: 9781444120967The third edition of this book (first published in 1999) has been extended...
Influence Knows No Boundaries
The Cambridge Companion to European ModernismEditor: Pericles LewisEdition: FirstPublisher: Cambridge University PressPages: 288Price: Pounds 55.00 and Pounds 17.99ISBN: 9780521199414 and 36075Literary Modernism is a cosmopolitan phenomenon. Its highlights,...
Interest Increases in Issuing Bonds to Fund Improvements
Institutions seek competitive alternative to bank loans for facility upgrades, writes Simon Baker.Growing confidence about student numbers next year is likely to lead to a number of universities kick-starting campus investment projects by raising vast...
Let's Take Their Words on That
David Matthews reports on debate about whether claiming students' IP rights could halt plagiarism.A senior figure at Oxford Brookes University has suggested taking control of undergraduates' intellectual property rights to stop them selling their essays...
Making Up: No One Said It Was Easy
Understanding Conflict ResolutionAuthor: Peter WallensteenEdition: ThirdPublisher: SagePages: 360Price: Pounds 80.00 and Pounds 26.99ISBN: 9780857020499 and 0505Like Tolstoy's unhappy families, each country experiencing armed conflict suffers in its...
Me, Myself and I
One of our leading scholars, Professor F.R. Beavis, of the Department of English and Related Studies for Impact, has announced that in future he will acknowledge the co-authorship of research that he would formerly have published under his name alone.He...
News in Brief
Private facilities partnershipsUPP seals Pounds 57m contractA private company that specialises in long-term multi-million-pound deals to build and run student facilities has extended its reach in the sector through a Pounds 57.2 million contract with...
Now Everyone Will Know That Cornell Means Business
Expanding into the Big Apple provides a platform for high-tech start- ups. John Morgan reports.Cornell University has a $4.4 billion (Pounds 2.8 billion) endowment, the global prestige enjoyed by Ivy League institutions and a picturesque campus nestled...
Obituary - Don Varley, 1924-2012
For more than 40 years, Don Varley was a key member of the academic and student community at the University of Nottingham, as a senior lecturer, vice-dean of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, hall warden and member of senate.Mr Varley championed...
Off Piste - Lesser Spotted - Well, That's Just the Professors
Physicist Athene Donald's pleasure in people-watching may owe something to a childhood spent observing birds of all kinds as they soared over city heaths and icy coastal mudflats.As a child and teenager, I spent many happy hours in cold, wet and uncomfortable...
Off-Script Email Leads to Suit Centred on Bad Handwriting
Student claims lack of promised dyslexia support cost him a first- class degree. Jack Grove writes.Many academics will have cursed a student's bad handwriting as they puzzle over an illegible exam script - but does it ever make a difference when deciding...
Opening Up: A Can of Worms
Les Ebdon's appointment and arguments about open courseware show that access remains a political hot potato.So Les Ebdon will go to the ball after all, despite the efforts of the ugly sisters in the Tory press and on the Business, Innovation and Skills...
Postgraduates May Be Put off When Reforms Do Not Serve Master's Well
Debts of Pounds 65,000 seen as 'huge disincentive' to further study in Stem subjects. Paul Jump writes.There is a danger that higher education reforms could render the provision of postgraduate master's degrees "unviable", the University of Oxford has...
Preliminary to Reading
Students often struggle to access material on reading lists. To avoid that, lecturers should talk to librarians first, says Nick Bevan.South Korea plans to digitise all its school curriculum materials by 2015. The paper textbook will be replaced by a...
QAA in the Dark on 63 of 94 Private Providers
Most institutions receiving SLC funds have had no quality review. John Morgan reports.The Quality Assurance Agency says it has no knowledge of the teaching quality at two-thirds of the private institutions to benefit from state- backed student loans...
REF's Effort to Make Knowledge Visible May Have Cloudy Results
Impact assessments will shape behaviours - but not necessarily in desired directions, argue Katherine Smith and Nasar Meer.Mark Twain once commented that educational institutions "have two great functions: to confer, and to conceal, knowledge". If UK...
Reinventing Political Culture: The Power of Culture versus the Culture of Power
Reinventing Political Culture: The Power of Culture versus the Culture of Power. By Jeffrey C. Goldfarb. Polity Press. 202pp, Pounds 50.00 and Pounds 15.99. ISBN 9780745646367 and 46374. Published 11 November 2011Political culture is a bit of an elephant...
Research Intelligence - Collaboration Is an Essential Procedure
Researchers, industry and NHS must deliver results, Academy of Medical Sciences' head tells Paul Jump.For Sir John Tooke, this is an "exciting and important" time to be taking over the presidency of the 14-year-old Academy of Medical Sciences - but he...
Round-Up
The Second World WarAuthor: A.W. PurdueEdition: SecondPublisher: Palgrave MacmillanPages: 240Price: Pounds 60.00 and Pounds 19.99ISBN: 9780230279353 and 9360One of the most concise yet comprehensive accounts of the entire course of the Second World War,...
Round-Up
Introduction to Restoration EcologyAuthors: Evelyn A. Howell, John A. Harrington and Stephen B. GlassEdition: FirstPublisher: Island PressPages: 568Price: Pounds 57.00ISBN: 9781597261890Written for upper-division undergraduates and first-year postgraduates,...
Round-Up
Introduction to General, Organic, and BiochemistryAuthors: Morris Hein, Scott Pattison and Susan ArenaEdition: TenthPublisher: John Wiley & SonsPages: 1,120Price: Pounds 151.00ISBN: 9780470598801Recognising that maths and science can be daunting...
Round-Up
Children's Literature in ContextAuthor: Fiona McCullochEdition: FirstPublisher: ContinuumPages: 192Price: Pounds 50.00 and Pounds 16.99ISBN: 9781847064868 and 64875Through close readings and a consideration of their critical and popular afterlives, this...
Round-Up
Parasitology for Medical and Clinical Laboratory ProfessionalsAuthor: John W. RidleyEdition: FirstPublisher: CengagePages: 316Price: Pounds 39.99ISBN: 9781435448162John Ridley takes complex topics and organises them into an easy-to-read format that aims...
Round-Up
Australia and the Middle East: A Front-line RelationshipEditor: Fethi MansouriEdition: SecondPublisher: I.B. TaurisPages: 272Price: Pounds 25.00ISBN: 9781848859685From the insular "White Australia" ideology, through to the impact of 9/11 and the wars...
Sex Change: An Ongoing Process
Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century HistoryAuthor: Dagmar HerzogEdition: First Publisher Cambridge University PressPages: 238Price: Pounds 50.00 and Pounds 16.99ISBN: 9780521870962 and 1691437What is the purpose of sex? Is it an outlet for lust,...
Spin Doctor Pays Call to Ailing LCC
Max Clifford discussed reputation with college head after row over resignation. David Matthews writes.Many high-profile figures turn to PR guru Max Clifford to handle the glare of publicity: O.J. Simpson, the Big Brother contestant who was romantically...
Student Review
A History of Modern Germany: 1800 to the PresentAuthor: Martin KitchenEdition: SecondPublisher: John Wiley & SonsPages: 440Price: Pounds 22.99 and Pounds 14.99ISBN: 9780470655818 and 9781444396898 (e-book)A History of Modern Germany: 1800 to the...
Student Review
Roots and Research in Urban School GardensAuthor: Veronica GaylieEdition: FirstPublisher: Peter LangPages: 195Price: Pounds 75.40 and Pounds 19.70ISBN: 9781433115264 and 5257Like the gardens it explores, this textbook delivers. The aim is to examine...
Student Review
Marine Ecology: Processes, Systems, and ImpactsAuthors: Michel J. Kaiser et al.Edition: SecondPublisher: Oxford University PressPages: 528Price: Pounds 32.99ISBN: 9780199227020At some point in their studies, most biology students will consider pursuing...
Student Review
Introduction to GenomicsAuthor: Arthur M. LeskEdition: SecondPublisher: Oxford University PressPages: 424Price: Pounds 34.99ISBN: 9780199564354Genomics is one of the fastest-changing areas of biology, filled with rapidly advancing techniques and applications....
Student Review
The Broadview Anthology of British Literature - Concise Edition, Volume AEditor: Joseph Black et al.Edition: SecondPublisher: Broadview PressPages: 1,665Price: Pounds 53.95ISBN: 9781554810482A literature anthology is integral to the early part of most...
Student Review
Essential ENTAuthor: Rogan J. CorbridgeEdition: SecondPublisher: Hodder ArnoldPages: 224Price: Pounds 26.99ISBN: 9781444117950Before acquiring a new textbook, an undergraduate medical student may have already had a few recommendations. Opting for well-known...
Student Review
African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and ActorsAuthor: Todd J. MossEdition: SecondPublisher: Lynne RiennerPages: 285Price: Pounds 21.50ISBN: 9781588267696For those approaching the subject for the first time, the vast scope of elements involved...
Student Review
Media and Terrorism: Global PerspectivesEditors: Des Freedman and Daya Kishan ThussuEdition: FirstPublisher: SagePages: 336Price: Pounds 75.00 and Pounds 26.99ISBN: 9781446201572 and 1589After their 2003 book for Sage, War and the Media: Reporting Conflict...
The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics
The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics. By Kathryn Sikkink. W. W. Norton, 384pp, Pounds 20.00. ISBN 9780393079937. Published 15 November 2011At the London School of Economics a few years ago I listened as Richard...
The Pick - Artefacts of LGBT Life
Other Stories: Queering the University Art CollectionStanley & Audrey Burton GalleryUniversity of Leeds27 February to 5 MayBernard Meninsky's Mother and Child, painted in 1919, is a touching image of a woman breastfeeding in a bedroom. Next to it,...
The Roots Still Show Through
The spray-tanned, dyed cliches of Essex fascinate and appal. In his latest play, David Eldridge reminds us of another side of the county, writes Mark O'Thomas.When did Essex become sexy? The much-maligned county that sits on the northern edge of the...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.Daily Telegraph columnist Charles Moore recently deployed Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure in his argument about why Les Ebdon should not be appointed director of the Office for Fair Access.The reflections of...
The Week in Higher Education
Two teenagers ruffled feathers at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills by bringing a legal challenge against this year's tuition-fee hike. Lawyers for Callum Hurley, from Peterborough, and Katy Moore, from Brixton, South London, argued...
Think Global or Stay Local? Finnish Sector Weighs Its Options
Unease with internationalisation echoes growing concerns in other Nordic nations. Ed Dutton reports.Across the Nordic countries, academics are under pressure to publish in English to give their research greater international impact. While some believe...
Time Is the Essence
Malcolm Gillies argues that to succeed, universities must be of the moment.Have you noticed how time features more overtly in social analysis these days? Perhaps it is the common perception that we live in end-of-era times, for everywhere writers are...
Unnatural Disaster
Malcolm Gillies, the vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan University, reports a "tsunami of late applications" as the reason why London Met is facing a fine of up to Pounds 6 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England ("The cap has...
Variations on Evolutionary Themes
Mechanisms of Life History Evolution: The Genetics and Physiology of Life History Traits and Trade-OffsEditors: Thomas Flatt and Andreas HeylandEdition: FirstPublisher: Oxford University PressPages: 504Price: Pounds 80.00 and Pounds 45.00ISBN: 9780199568765...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Nick Bevan, director of learning resources and librarian, Middlesex University, is reading John Kay's Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly (Profile, 2010). "Be they personal,...
What Makes Us Feel We Belong to Our Homeland?
These Englands: A Conversation on National IdentityEditors: Arthur Aughey and Christine BerberichEdition: FirstPublisher: Manchester University PressPages: 256Price: Pounds 60.00 and Pounds 14.99ISBN: 9780719079603 and 9610A recent essay on the poetry...
Wholly Effective
The letters by Robin Parker and by Sally Hunt ("Fear of failure?", 16 February) on the Review of Higher Education Governance in Scotland, chaired by Ferdinand von Prondzynski, point to the need for a serious discussion of its report as a whole. Press...
Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not
Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not. By Robert N. McCauley. Oxford University Press. 352pp, Pounds 18.99. ISBN 9780199827268. Published 26 January 2012Don't be misled by the title. This is not a book written in praise of religion as natural or...
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