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Articles from No. 2067, September 13

Another Fine Mess
Caught between posturing government ministries and kicked about like the proverbial political football, London Metropolitan University may have reached the point where it is no longer match fit, argues Martin McQuillan.Modern politicians like to demonstrate...
Appointments
University of WolverhamptonJohn DarlingThe new dean of research at the University of Wolverhampton has expressed his delight at being part of "ambitious plans for investing in research at the university". John Darling, who was previously director of...
Bring Forth the Body of Evidence
It is outrageous that Whitehall remains reliant on an inaccurate system to measure overseas students' comings and goings.London Metropolitan University isn't used to sharing top spots with the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.But in our cover feature,...
Building a New World Is Costly
Richard Overy discusses the roads to hell that were paved with utopian intentions.The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism and Some Lessons of the Twentieth CenturyBy Vladimir TismaneanuUniversity of California Press336pp, Pounds 24.95ISBN 9780520239722Published...
Campus Round-Up
Trinity Laban ConservatoirePride and joyTwo original musical pieces written by an academic took centre stage at the Paralympics opening ceremony. Errollyn Wallen, who teaches composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, said she took...
Curiosity Knows No Bounds
Policymakers focusing on science's utility have consigned the humanities to a supporting role, but scholars in each of the 'two cultures' understand that they share a love of discovery and capacity for wonder, says Martin Willis.I thought that we had,...
Death Sentence Never Commuted
Shahidha Bari is touched and troubled by a daughter's efforts to articulate her mother's decline.Eve EscapesBy Helene Cixous, translated by Peggy KamufPolity, 208pp, Pounds 50.00 and Pounds 14.99ISBN 9780745650968 and 50975Published 15 June 2012In her...
Decent Exposure
Research data published online must be accessible to allow scrutiny by other academics if we are to prevent fraud, says Geoffrey Boulton.A recent leader in Times Higher Education tackled the "murky matter" of research misconduct, arguing that UK institutions...
Deficit Puts Pension Scheme in Jeopardy
Experts predict 'unsustainable' USS fund will close within 10 years. Jack Grove reports.A deficit of almost Pounds 10 billion in the sector's main pension fund may force radical changes to secure the scheme's long-term future, industry experts have warned.The...
Economic Benefits of Higher Education out Weigh Cost to Taxpayer 'Even during Times of Financial Crisis'
Public spending on higher education is a "good thing" and graduates delivered economic benefits to the UK even during the financial crisis, according to analysis by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development."The average employment rate...
Elite Feel Pinch of AAB Shortfall
Institutions lose students and funds as admissions policy backfires. John Morgan and Jack Grove write.Evidence is mounting that some leading English universities have lost hundreds of students - and therefore millions of pounds - as a result of the government's...
English Tuition-Fee Regime Gets Thumbs Up on Mobility
'Most advanced' student-support structure in developed world, says OECD. John Morgan reports.England's tuition-fee reforms of 2006 produced the most "advanced" student-support system of any developed nation and have not deterred poorer students, while...
Faith and Hope in Pounds 2 Billion of Charity by 2022
Charitable donations to universities could treble to Pounds 2 billion a year within a decade if institutions continue to invest in fundraising, a report has claimed.The Review of Philanthropy in Higher Education led by Shirley Pearce, former vice-chancellor...
Fashioning Japanese Subcultures
Fashioning Japanese Subcultures. By Yuniya Kawamura. Berg Publishers. 192pp, Pounds 55.00 and Pounds 17.99. ISBN 9781847889485 and 89478. Published 7 August 2012For readers familiar with Japanese fashion, the eye-catching cover of Yuniya Kawamura's book...
For Ever in Their Debt
I am still trying to understand the implications of the student loans scheme for part-time and distance students in England. According to the DirectGov website's advice to such students: "You don't start repaying your loan until your income is over Pounds...
From Where I Sit - A Real Nowhere Man
Amid the fallout from the scandal over Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of child abuse, how could one possibly associate the university with utopia, the supposedly perfect society? Better, surely, to...
German Palates Slow to Adapt to Bologna's Quick-Cook Recipe
Ten years on, EU-wide menu of reforms continues to stir debate. Frances Mechan-Schmidt reports.When Germany introduced the Bologna Process to its universities almost exactly 10 years ago, the reforms offered the chance to curtail the nation's notoriously...
Grant Winners
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE REPLACEMENT, REFINEMENT AND REDUCTION OF ANIMALS IN RESEARCH - NC3RSProject grantsAward winner: Jan-Ulrich KreftInstitution: University of BirminghamValue: Pounds 266,197eGUT: a tool for predictive computer simulation of the gut...
'He Cites Me, Hard, Forcing My Footnotes Apart ...'
The Fifty Shades phenomenon has spawned academic debate, scholarly parodies and now an erotic trilogy starring a dark, brooding, sensual ... lecturer. Matthew Reisz reveals all.Dominik, the hero of "Vina Jackson's" novel Eighty Days Yellow, is an independently...
Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles
Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles. By Mark Shiel. Reaktion, 336pp, Pounds 25.00. ISBN 9781861899026. Published 4 July 2012Hollywood and Los Angeles, you might well think, were made for each other. As early as 1915, with the film industry barely...
Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-First Century Batman
Hunting the Dark Knight: Twenty-First Century Batman. By Will Brooker. I.B. Tauris, 272pp, Pounds 57.50 and Pounds 12.99. ISBN 9781848852792 and 52808. Published 30 May 2012In the study of popular culture, academicians have recently been bringing material...
India and London Met Lose That Loving Feeling
Joanna Sugden reports on falling student applications and pre-emptive cutbacks.Months before London Metropolitan University learned that its right to admit students from outside Europe had been revoked, its staff in India were given notice that they...
Institution Denies Taking Tougher Line on Academics Who 'Under- Perform'
Union claims Birmingham introduced new regime without consultation. Paul Jump writes.The University of Birmingham has rejected union claims that it has surreptitiously introduced a tougher performance management regime.Sue Blackwell, speaking on behalf...
Love It When Planning Comes Together
The coalition government's latest wave of planning reforms has been accompanied by a sentiment, cleared by No 10, to "get the planners off our backs". Such rhetoric threatens to cause potential damage to planning schools, planning students, the planning...
Median Holds the Message
Aspiring journalists must learn to ask probing questions of digital data as well as people, recommends Louise Byrne.The digital revolution has led to significant changes in news reporting. One is the use of social media as a tool for gathering and disseminating...
News in Brief
Digital humanitiesNo-holds BardA large-scale digital resource whose first tranche covers the writings of "Shakespeare and his immediate contemporaries, antecedents and successors" has been launched by Oxford University Press. To create Oxford Scholarly...
Obituary - Ruth Etchells, 1931-2012
Ruth Etchells was born in London on 27 April 1931 and adopted, at the age of 2, by a Congregationalist minister and his wife, who took her to live in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. She was educated at Merchant Taylors' School for Girls in Liverpool and...
Peer Pressure
The journal review system's lack of transparency worries Stephen Mumford.A while ago I was asked by a journal of high standing to referee a paper on a topic of which I had little knowledge. I immediately pointed this out, but the editorial assistant...
Pendulum Stops as St Mary's Drops Hypnosis
The UK's only undergraduate degree course in hypnosis has been scrapped after an investigation by regulators revealed serious problems with teaching and assessment.St Mary's University College Twickenham has closed its honours degree in clinical hypnosis...
PhD Teaching Quid Pro Quo without the Quid (or Goes)
UEL students' open letter signals wider problems with provision. Elizabeth Gibney reports.A row has broken out at a university over the amount of paid teaching work being offered to PhD students in two of its schools as concern grows in the sector about...
Pious or Corrupt? the Jury's Still Out
Lucy Wooding admires the balance of a tome that puts pre-Reformation England's religion on trial.The Late Medieval English Church: Vitality and Vulnerability Before the Break with Rome By G. W. Bernard Yale University Press, 304pp, Pounds 25.00 ISBN...
Publishers Tap Education to Combat Drop in Print Sales
David Matthews investigates attempts to entice students as next- generation subscribers.With consumers buying ever fewer newspapers and magazines, and advertising revenues squeezed by the recession, media organisations have been striking out into higher...
Research Intelligence - the Young Ones Look for British Home
Scientists at the peak of their creativity are trying to find a voice in Britain. Elizabeth Gibney reports.The Global Young Academy (GYA) is a fledgling organisation intended to provide a voice for young scientists around the world. Founded in 2010,...
'Spend, Spend, Spend' - Marketing Head's Advice
"Someone is waking up and smelling the coffee!" That was the reaction of our Head of Marketing, Graham Flair, to the forecast by Tim McIntyre- Bhatty, deputy vice-chancellor of Bournemouth University, that UK universities would soon be spending more...
Stay-at-Home Students Need Help to Get Moving
European universities need to improve their efforts to help doctoral students and academics spend time abroad, a report by the European University Association has found.A survey of faculty, students and leadership at 34 European universities suggests...
Stealth Fighters Rail against Concentration on the Quiet
Brickbats for additional Pounds 10 million in open-access cash aimed at big boys. Paul Jump writes.Restricting extra government funding for open-access publishing to 30 research-intensive universities is another example of "research concentration by...
The Glorious Art of Peace: From the Iliad to Iraq
The Glorious Art of Peace: From the Iliad to Iraq. By John Gittings Oxford University Press. 320pp, Pounds 18.99. ISBN 9780199575763. Published 23 February 2012In the years after the Second World War, academic centres focused specifically on the study...
The 'Gold Standard' of Grayling Is Not Struck from an Oxbridge Mint
New College of the Humanities' pedagogic model has only a passing resemblance to the ancient universities' teaching, argues Julia Horn.A.C. Grayling's New College of the Humanities will soon open its doors to its first cohort of students.In advance publicity,...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.The mounting crisis at London Metropolitan University is impossible to ignore, but gaining a new perspective is difficult. However, some fresh takes are appearing in the blogosphere.Martin Weller, professor of...
The Week in Higher Education
Plans to almost double tuition fees in Quebec could be scrapped after a student-led "maple spring" unseated the province's government, The Guardian reported on 5 September. The election of a separatist administration in the French-speaking province of...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Geoffrey Alderman, professor of politics and contemporary history, University of Buckingham, is reading Julia Bush's Women Against the Vote: Female Anti-Suffragism in Britain (Oxford University...
Wired Campus Key to Student Recruitment
Universities are under increasing pressure to offer incoming students access to state-of-the-art technology because of the increased fees they are being asked to pay, according to a report published this week.More than nine out of 10 lecturers say that...
Working on Borrowed Time?
Librarians fear redundancy as open access alters role of academic collections. Matthew Reisz writes.A report offers a sobering analysis of the implications for academic libraries - and academic librarians - of the "shift to more open-access scholarly...
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