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Articles from No. 2076, November 15

After Art
After Art. By David Joselit. Princeton University Press. 136pp, Pounds 13.95. ISBN 9780691150444. Published 13 November 2012.He live "under the conditions of image saturation", writes Yale University art historian David Joselit, who argues, after Bruno...
Appointments
Royal Welsh College of Music and DramaSimon JonesThe Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has appointed Simon Jones acting head of strings. The promotion of Dr Jones, currently head of the college's historical performance department, represents part...
Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture
Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture. By Kate Narveson Ashgate, 246pp, Pounds 55.00. ISBN 9781409441670. Published 28 September 2012Last year was the 400th anniversary of the...
Bruising but Beneficial
The coalition's controversial higher education reforms are delivering a more progressive and sustainable system, argues Vince Cable.Higher education is of critical importance to the UK economy and an essential part of the country's social and cultural...
Campus Round-Up
Goldsmiths/ExeterPluck of the IrishHistorians have set up a website to highlight Irish involvement in the First World War. The site includes a list of the war dead mentioned on family graves in Belfast City Cemetery, as well as academic research and...
Choose a Civil Servant, Choose a Business Guru, Choose an International Globetrotter
They may (almost) all be white men in suits but that doesn't mean that all vice-chancellors are the same, says Jack Grove. So which tribe does your v-c belong to?Scrolling through some of the 20,000 tweets made by Dominic Shellard, vice-chancellor of...
Clear as Mud but Not So Graceful
Times Higher Education to anoint worst example of corporate gobbledegook in sector. Chris Parr writes.George Bernard Shaw once said that the "single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place". He could well have been talking...
Demystifying a Subatomic Story
From postulation to discovery: Frank Close weighs up an accessible account of the Higgs boson.The Particle at the End of the Universe: The Hunt for the Higgs and the Discovery of a New WorldBy Sean CarrollOneworld, 336pp, Pounds 16.99ISBN 9781780742328Published...
From Frying Pan INTO Fire
Regarding "INTO the deep for debt-hit 'dolphin'?" (News, 8 November): we would like to clarify a few points. First, the University of Gloucestershire's finances are improving, due in the main to sterling work by Paul Hartley, its previous vice-chancellor,...
From Where I Sit - No Act of Philistinism
A recent issue of Time magazine was devoted to "Reinventing College". Several full-page advertisements celebrated "Milestones in the History of US Higher Education". Partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the first advert had "1862"...
Grant Winners
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCHHealth Technology Assessment ProgrammeAward winner: Jason WaughInstitution: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustValue: Pounds 554,488How accurate is spot urinary protein:creatinine ratio (SPCr) and...
Hard Line Pays Dividends (but Not Hard Cash)
Grant awards success rates rise but income falls for some research- intensives. Elizabeth Gibney writes.Research council income at the UK's most research-intensive institutions has fallen even while the rate at which applications were successful has...
Hefce's Strange Situation: Reform without Statute
UK higher education is in a "strange situation" as the legislation required to implement wide-ranging government reforms is not in place, England's funding chief has said.Sir Alan Langlands, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for...
How Have Things Gone So Wrong?
Kathleen McNamara on the technocracy that created the EMU - and its current malaise.Making the European Monetary UnionBy Harold JamesBelknap Press/Harvard University Press, 592pp, Pounds 25.00ISBN 9780674066830Published 29 November 2012When the European...
'I'm All for Women' - Vice-Chancellor
Our vice-chancellor has given a nod of approval to research findings that demonstrate the implicit gender bias in university hiring practices.He told our reporter Keith Ponting (30) that he had carefully read the relevant article in the Proceedings of...
Inconvenient Truths
Alan Ryan asks: how many Sandys will it take for us to change our ways?Modern technology is so powerful that it is tempting to think that "nature" no longer exists. Commentators talk of the "death of nature": the world is so affected by human action...
India Needs Foreign Aid for 'Islands in Sea of Mediocrity'
New HE minister aims to unblock channels to openness. Joanna Sugden reports from New Delhi.India must welcome foreign universities to improve the quality of its graduates, the country's new minister of state for human resource development has said, amid...
Injurious Visa Rules Irk Miliband
Ex-foreign secretary decries border policy debarring lucrative overseas students. Chris Parr reports."Boneheaded" government immigration policy is jeopardising the higher education sector by deterring international students from UK study, former foreign...
Is RCUK's Open-Access Cash a 'Reckless' Road to Ruin?
Senior scientists critical of allocation rules and assumptions behind Pounds 100m grant for 'gold' fees, writes Paul Jump.Research Councils UK's announcement of how it will allocate more than Pounds 100 million in block grants for open-access publishing...
Modern Languages Lost for Words over Low Intake
Two UK language departments may be forced to close their degree programmes because they recruited too few students for 2012-13, a lecturers' association has claimed.James Coleman, chair of the University Council of Modern Languages, said that preliminary...
Money and Old Tropes
The academy is paying too much, not too little, heed to calls for adaptability to the market, says Hannah Forsyth.A report recently splashed across the pages of Australia's media claimed that universities were "a thousand year old industry on the cusp...
News in Brief
United StatesBachelor's boys and girlsRecord numbers of young adults in the US are completing high school and attending and finishing university, according to research. Analysis of newly available census data by the Pew Research Center shows that in...
No Postgrad Funds, No Knowledge Economy
When we come to discuss postgraduate education a decade from now, no one will be able to say that we were not warned about the severe challenges facing the sector ("Debt put postgrads off before fees hike", 8 November).The recent report by the Higher...
Not Enough Information: Colleges Turn on Unistats' 'Misleading' Data
Student information website provokes dismay in further education sector. David Matthews reports.The new official Unistats website, which lists student satisfaction levels and other data about all UK higher education courses, has been described as misleading...
NUS' Political Fear of a History of Violence
But leadership unease over mass demo lessened by hopes of campaigning dividend. John Morgan writes.The student protest to be held in London next week by the National Union of Students is one that its leadership never wanted.Union leaders feared that...
Obituary - Alan Harrison, 1944-2012
A successful industrialist who went on to become an academic expert on operations management has died.Alan Harrison was born in Oxfordshire on 25 November 1944 and educated at Abingdon School before studying chemistry at Jesus College, Oxford (1964-...
Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: The National War Aims Committee and Civilian Morale
Patriotism and Propaganda in First World War Britain: The National War Aims Committee and Civilian Morale. By David Monger. Liverpool University Press. 310pp, Pounds 70.00. ISBN 9781846318306. Published 21 August 2012Gradually, much of the scaffolding...
Personal Becomes Political in This Hall of Mirrors
The V&A's reflective new exhibition of Middle Eastern photography brings a heterogeneous region into focus, says Shahidha Bari.Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonUntil 7 April 2013Quietly wry and reserved, Ahmed Mater's 2012 series, mysteriously titled...
Research Intelligence - Technically Indispensable
All those without whom: Paul Jump on schemes to recruit, train and accredit unsung heroes of the lab.When, late this summer, University of Sheffield vice-chancellor Keith Burnett turned down a champagne reception in London for the heads of universities...
Secret of the Success Rates: Reducing Demand
Research councils benefit from external and internal pressures. Paul Jump reports.The research councils' efforts to limit demand for research grants appear to be working, with success rates improving in 2011-12 despite a significant fall in the amount...
Shiny Happy Periodicals
Read all about it: Fred Inglis on the horn-blowing and the hoopla, the cant and the can-do spirit of the glossy world of official university magazines.What are they for? Does anybody read them? They are left out conspicuously on low tables in assorted...
Skyscraper's the Limit for Furious NYU Academics
University plans to expand in Greenwich Village have sparked a grass- roots revolt, finds Ian Wylie.Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media, culture and communication at New York University Steinhardt, is warming to his role as MC for the evening. "I...
Spanner in the Industrial Works as Engineering Degrees Lose Traction
Essential discipline threatened by declining domestic and foreign interest. Jack Grove reports.Engineering courses vital for British industry could be forced to close because of sharp falls in the numbers studying the subject at many universities, with...
Spontaneous Human Emissions
It may be better in than out, but as social animals we can't help ourselves, Tristan Bekinschtein finds.Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccuping, and BeyondBy Robert R. ProvineHarvard University Press288pp, Pounds 18.95ISBN 9780674048515Published...
The New Motto for the Marketplace: All for One and None for All
Mission groups are bearing the brunt of institutions' growing need for a strong individual identity, find Julian Beer and Wendy Purcell.An article in Times Higher Education in March last year predicted that increasing competition in higher education...
The Payoff of 'Buy' or 'Sell' Will Be Harmony or Discord
Composer and banker team up for opera created by stock market patterns. Matthew Reisz reports.A composer based at Plymouth University has joined forces with a banker to create a "reality opera" where singers make music by trading in a functioning stock...
The Poppletonian - Your Official Newsletter
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.We at Times Higher Education are used to asking the questions when it comes to interviews with academics. It was refreshing, therefore, to read Bill Tierney's view from the other side of the fence, in his latest...
The Rise of China vs the Logic of Strategy
The Rise of China vs the Logic of Strategy. By Edward N. Luttwak. Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 320pp, Pounds 19.95. ISBN 9780674066427. Published 29 November 2012The rise of China has provoked such shock and awe that predictions of the time...
The Self-Censor May Not Hold
New-found restraint over research council applications should be praised but will it survive further funding cuts?A field guide to vice-chancellors may seem unnecessary given the ubiquity of middle-aged white men in suits (as the illustrations accompanying...
The Week in Higher Education
- It seems not even vice-chancellors are impervious to the worldwide pop sensation that is Gangnam Style - the infectious chart-topping hit from South Korean artist PSY. An internet video of a flash mob dancing to the track at the University of East...
This Year London, Later the World
NCH looks to go from 60-student intake to degree powers, campus abroad. David Matthews reports.The New College of the Humanities is looking to gain its own degree- awarding powers and expand overseas if its London campus is a success.A.C. Grayling's...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Charlotte Beyer, senior lecturer in English literature, University of Gloucestershire, is reading Kate North's Bistro (Cinnamon Press, 2012). "I am really enjoying this new collection; it is definitely...
With 'Unresponsive' UKBA, Walking like an Egyptian May Involve Exit Doors
The Egyptian government may shun the UK as a destination for postgraduate students on state scholarships because of frustrations over visas.Officials have said that they find the UK Border Agency to be unresponsive and have difficulty arranging visas...
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