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Articles from No. 2098, April 25

1-2-3. It's So Elementary: ThePoppletonian-Yourofficialnewsletter
Our intrepid reporter Keith Ponting (30) tells us that David Willetts may be one of the first students to adopt the new mathematics curriculum devised by his ministerial colleague, Michael Gove.Ponting explains that this new curriculum places a much...
Accentuate For-Profit Positives, Eliminate Negatives: News
US policymakers should not overlook the positive aspects of for- profit colleges, a study has argued.The report from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a right- leaning thinktank based in New York, says that politicians - and journalists -...
Amid Terror, Civic Values at the Heart of Athens of America: News:Bostonbombings
Boston, one of the global capitals of higher education, was thrown into chaos last week after bombers targeted the city's marathon, sparking a manhunt that ended in further violence. Our US correspondent Jon Marcus, who was within earshot of the devastating...
Anti-Austerity? Come Join the Resistance: Letters
We are a group of people working in higher education who are increasingly alarmed by the government's austerity programme and are increasingly determined to campaign against it.The coalition has introduced the most far-reaching programme of cuts and...
Appointments: People
University of HelsinkiThomas Wilhelmsson"I need to convince myself that I should not interfere because the chancellor needs to understand that the rector does the day-to-day jobs," said Thomas Wilhelmsson, rector of the University of Helsinki since 2008...
'Bonkers': So Is There Something Crazy about the English Funding System?: News
The government's "very radical" policy to slash direct public funding for teaching in English higher education is seen by the rest of the world as "completely bonkers", according to the head of England's funding council.Sir Alan Langlands, the outgoing...
Campus Round-Up: CampusRound-Up
Harper Adams UniversitySpread your loveIt is one of the most divisive topics in the UK today, loved by admirers and loathed with equal intensity by detractors. But now the bitter dispute over its legacy can finally be concluded: more Brits love Marmite...
Fees: A Human Rights Issue: Opinion
International law could help opponents of rising tuition costs fight their battle, counsels Geraldine Van Bueren.The argument that economic pressures do not oblige those in power to increase tuition fees fell on deaf ears when legislation was passing...
From Where I Sit - Critical Distance, but Not Too Far: News
When I served as the head of an English department in North West England, I was faced with a number of what may politely be called "challenges". But one challenge I did not face was figuring out what my department was about. We had 25 staff members specialising...
Grant Winners: Research
LEVERHULME TRUSTMajor Research FellowshipsAward winner: Paul HenleyInstitution: University of ManchesterValue: Pounds 141,361The silent time machine: recovering early ethnographic filmAward winner: Paul HeritageInstitution: Queen Mary, University of...
Hefce Treads Warily amid Dated Legal Framework: News
Funding council plans new contract as legislation is 'pushed to the limit'. John Morgan reports.England's funding council is set to consult the sector on plans for a new contract aimed at wielding control over universities and their multibillion-pound...
Mindful of Our Inner Workings: Books
Tristan Bekinschtein recommends a challenge to our notions of consciousness and cognition.Physics in Mind: A Quantum View of the Brain By Werner R. Loewenstein Perseus Books, 240pp, Pounds 19.99 ISBN 9780465029846 and 033973 (e-book) Published 15 February...
News in Brief: News
United StatesHoly trinityA US accreditation body has approved the merger of two faith colleges with a university. The Higher Learning Commission gave the go-ahead for the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) and Central Bible College to join...
Nightmare at 20,000ft: Opinion
Toby Miller recalls a paralysing encounter with terror in the skies and asks: in my shoes, would you have reacted differently?When the FBI and local law enforcement appealed to the public to do their citizen duty in the wake of last week's Boston bombings,...
NK Confidential: BBC Correctly Balanced Consent and Complicity: Opinion
Complaining about being kept in the dark on undercover reporting in North Korea is peevish of the LSE, believes Tim Luckhurst.In the dispute between the London School of Economics and the BBC over Panorama's "North Korea Undercover", something depressing...
Obituary - Katharine Giles, 1978-2013: People
A talented young academic who carried out groundbreaking research into global warming has died.Katharine Giles, who was born on 22 March 1978, held a Natural Environment Research Council scholarship at University College London and was due to take up...
One Voice on Visas Could Change the Conversation: News
Australia's united front offers lessons for the UK, forum hears. David Matthews reports.Universities, colleges and schools in the UK may take a leaf out of Australia's book and lobby the government as one body over international education issues.That...
On the Edge: The Contested Cultures of English Suburbia: Books
On the Edge: The Contested Cultures of English Suburbia. By Rupa Huq. Lawrence & Wishart, 224pp, Pounds 15.99. ISBN 9781907103728. Published 4 February 2013This is the end... my beautiful friend... " Jim Morrison's voice filters through the thin...
Oxbridge Ambassador Aims to Lift Valleys from Slough of Despond: News
Wales must encourage more applications to the elite institutions, says MP. David Matthews writes.You might imagine that school pupils from a tough council estate in East London would have the most difficulty in reaching the universities of Oxford and...
Protections Are There to Serve: News
Union defends LSE's 'academic annex' against management plans for reform. Jack Grove reports.London School of Economics staff have hit out at moves to alter rules that they say safeguard academic freedom at the institution.The LSE has put forward plans...
Re: Case Study Request: Feature
Paul Magrs was flabbergasted when an institution he had left almost a decade before and had not heard from since asked to use his work to demonstrate impact in the REF. Here, he sets down the appropriate response.To the person at the University of East...
Research Intelligence - Working to End Women's Radio Silence: Research
A BBC project aims to boost numbers of female experts on radio and TV. Elizabeth Gibney reports.There is an epidemic among female academics. It is called "impostor syndrome" and it can affect even the most steely of professors.It is said to take effect...
'Spinach for Spinach's Sake': News
Robert Gordon v-c critiques traditional rationale for scholarly activity. David Matthews writes.For at least a millennium, the notion of knowledge for knowledge's sake has helped to justify scholarly activity and universities themselves. But one vice-chancellor...
Stable Period? We've Been in a State of Flux for Decades: News
Research paints picture of permanent revolution in sector since mid- 1990s. Jack Grove reports.Higher education has been in a state of "continual institutional churn" for years, with almost a third of academic institutions undergoing some sort of merger...
Stalled Progress on GPA May Benefit from National Push: News
Informal group admits reform requires more work than previously thought. Elizabeth Gibney reports.A "national debate" about replacing the UK's honours degree classifications with US-style grade-point averages is under way as plans by a group of universities...
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism among the Primates: Books
The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates. By Frans de Waal. W.W. Norton, 304pp, Pounds 18.99. ISBN 9780393073775. Published 26 April 2013Bonobos could teach God a thing or two about morality. If you have heard of these great...
The Fool and the Hero: Opinion
Malcolm Gillies discusses Parsifal and Wagner's bicentenary.Richard Wagner turns 200 on 22 May. Celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of one of the 19th century's greatest musicians are not without controversy. For every opera house mounting wall-to-wall...
The Man Behind the Manifesto: Books
Sheila Rowbotham on a portrait of a thinker who was neither infallible nor entirely prophetic.Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life By Jonathan SperberW.W. Norton, 512pp, Pounds 25.00ISBN 9780871404671Published 3 May 2013I once caused shock and distress...
The Revolution That Wasn't: Analysis
Margaret Thatcher was committed to freedom, but under her reign state power over universities increased. Vernon Bogdanor assesses her legacy to education.Margaret Thatcher is the only prime minister ever to have been education secretary. Yet her relationship...
THE Scholarly Web: People
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.When Times Higher Education covered the goings-on in the depths of Romania's Movile Cave - complete with references to the strange creepy- crawlies that inhabit its sun-deprived environment (http://ow.ly/k7jRz)...
The Things That Matter Most: Leader
Among the factors that make students (and others) happy is community, hard as it may be to measure.There's always fun to be had with a phrase as nebulous as "the student experience" - witness Poppleton University's recent tagline: "Experience the experience".But...
The Week in Higher Education: News
Lecturers often moan that student radicals have disappeared, but a few could be found at Maggie's Good Riddance Party, a protest organised by Dominic Francis, a student at Ruskin College in Oxford, on the day that Baroness Thatcher was laid to rest,...
To Touch the Face of God: The Sacred, the Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957-1975: Books
To Touch the Face of God: The Sacred, the Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957-1975. By Kendrick Oliver. Johns Hopkins University Press. 248pp, Pounds 21.00. ISBN 9781421407883 and 408347 (e-book). Published 1 February 2013Man has always looked...
Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction: Books
Utopia and Terror in Contemporary American Fiction. By Judie Newman. Routledge, 182pp, Pounds 80.00. ISBN 9780415899123. Published 16 January 2013In 2002 Martin Amis said: "After a couple of hours at their desks on September 12, 2001, all the writers...
Watching Them, Watching Us: Books
Neil Rennie on the observers and the observed in global cultural exchanges of the 18th century.The Savage Visit: New World People and Popular Imperial Culture in Britain, 1710-1795By Kate Fullagar University of California Press268pp, Pounds 25.95ISBN...
What Are You Reading?: Books
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Paul Greatrix, registrar, University of Nottingham, is reading Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow (Vintage Classics, 2004). "Huxley's entertaining debut novel is a satirical flight through a 1920s gathering...
Whim and Rigour: Feature
The viva, the final hurdle to gaining a PhD, is labour-intensive, not conducted to any national standard and is dreaded by students who fear an examiner will capriciously halt their career. Is it still fit for purpose? asks Elizabeth Gibney.On a December...
Why Wait? US Sees the Value of Taking the Big Step Earlier: News
Starting higher education in school pays financial and academic dividends, writes Jon Marcus.Instead of waiting with his classmates to finish yet another year of high school, Bazl Taliaferrow-Mosleh of Brooklyn, New York, is going straight to university.Taliaferrow-Mosleh,...
With Cash on the Line, Athena SWANs Take Wing: News
Applications for the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science gender equality award have soared since it was linked to research funding by the Department of Health.Sixty-eight higher education institutions, medical schools and science, engineering and...
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