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Articles from No. 2127, November 14

Apprentices, Yes (but No Riff-Raff): News
Firms ask for schemes to be targeted only at private school students. David Matthews reports.Graduate recruiters have started running apprenticeship schemes in the hope of attracting promising young people from poor backgrounds - and of reducing their...
Art and Science of Drawing Conclusions: News
From geology to unicorns: Matthew Reisz reports on a symposium on illustration's role in knowledge.The role of illustration as an "active means of interrogating, investigating and communicating knowledge and understanding" came under scrutiny at an international...
Assets, Liabilities and Old Age Tensions: Letters
In "Pay it forward" (Letters, 7 November), Dennis Leech attacks my analysis of the financial health of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, the UK's largest pension scheme.The basis of his attack is not specific to the USS: he rejects the whole approach...
A Treatise on Modern Architecture in Five Books: Books
A Treatise on Modern Architecture in Five Books. By George Saumarez Smith. Bardwell Press, 144pp, Pounds 40.00. ISBN 9781905622504. Published 16 September 2013This is a delightful book: beautifully designed and finely printed, intelligently written and...
Bloomsbury Blooms: UCL Leads Grant Income Table: News:Grantsuccessrates
London research giant attributes success to interdisciplinary approach. Paul Jump reports.University College London won Pounds 31 million more research funding than any other institution in the past financial year, figures indicate.According to Times...
Campus Round-Up: CampusRound-Up
The Open UniversityOU pretty thingsFour artists from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England are unveiling artworks inspired by the impact on society of research by The Open University. It is 50 years since Harold Wilson introduced the idea of...
Cash-Rich, Poetry-Poor Research Will Never Merit Nobel Notice: Opinion
As 'big money' grants become the only game worth playing, says Gary Thomas, 'bookkeeping' work crowds out the pursuit of insight.Dwight D. Eisenhower took up a good proportion of his farewell address to the American nation in 1961 worrying about universities....
Competitive Tension as Coalition Policy Pits Schools against Sector: News
Academics taken aback by consequences of School Direct programme. John Elmes reports.The extent to which the government's flagship teacher training policy has made schools compete for student places has surprised the academy, a conference has heard.Sean...
Darkling We Watch: Arts
Duncan Wu weighs our complicity as onlookers in a murky moral landscape in which only the weak pay for their sins.The CounsellorDirected by Ridley ScottStarring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad PittOpens nationwide...
Debt Contagion: Opinion
Kevin Fong worries as UK medical graduates catch an American disease.It's a strange thing teaching a final-year undergraduate course. You become aware of the rising panic among the students who are about to exit the relative security of university life....
Declaration of Surrender: Books
An angry critique of international law not 'fit for purpose' captures Conor Gearty's full attention.The Endtimes of Human RightsBy Stephen HopgoodCornell University Press,272pp, Pounds 18.50ISBN 9780801452376Published 29 October 2013This is a provocative,...
Export Credit Problems: Opinion
Examining provision in an overseas partnership left John Buglear doubting the fitness of such ventures.Five years ago I received an email inviting me to apply to be an external examiner for another UK university. I would be looking at its collaborative...
Failure to Relaunch May Have Been 1994 Group's Yoko Factor: News
John Morgan reports on the tensions that scuppered the organisation's imminent rebrand as Senate Group and prompted a split.The 1994 Group was on the verge of relaunching itself as "The Senate Group" with new members before a last-minute disagreement...
From Where I Sit - Free with Words: News
At the end of October, Sweden's centre-right government decided to withdraw a proposal to privatise the country's universities.Details of the plans had been circulated to get feedback from universities, and it was hoped that they would pass into law...
Grant Winners: News
ROYAL SOCIETYUniversity Research FellowshipsAward winner: Sofia GripenbergInstitution: University of OxfordValue: Pounds 476,630Plant-eating insects and the structure of tropical plant communitiesAward winner: David GlowackiInstitution: University of...
HE & Me: People
Award-winning author and playwright Hanif Kureishi, famous for novels such as The Buddha of Suburbia and the screenplay for the film My Beautiful Laundrette, was last month made a professor at Kingston University, where he was already a writer-in-residence.When...
Interview - Lessons from a Big Loser: News
Michael Ignatieff's bruising time in politics has changed how he teaches, he tells Matthew Reisz."The one thing you can say about defeat," reflects Michael Ignatieff, currently a professor at both the University of Toronto and Harvard University's John...
Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment: Books
Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment. By Kenneth Worthy. Prometheus, 396pp, Pounds 11.73. ISBN 9781616147631 and 7648 (e-book). Published 6 August 2013I'm typing this review on a computer. Although I'll...
Islands Apart: Indonesia Struggles to Bridge Its Skills Gap: News
Vocational courses are the latest focus of government investment, David Matthews writes.When Christine Ennew, currently provost of the University of Nottingham's Malaysia campus, visited Indonesia at the start of the new millennium, she felt "decidedly...
Kant Buy Me Love: ThePoppletonian-Yourofficialnewsletter
One of our leading under-threat-of-redundancy philosophers, Dr D.W. Dingbat, has responded forcefully to the contention - first promoted by Norman Swartz, professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University - that "philosophy has a vicious streak"."It is certainly...
Lay It on the Line: Ethics by Stealth: Books
Martin Cohen on a history of moral philosophy interwoven with proponents' biographical details.Would You Kill the Fat Man? The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us about Right and WrongBy David EdmondsPrinceton University Press240pp, Pounds...
LSE Urged to Act over Peking Critic's Expulsion: News
Academics have called on the London School of Economics to suspend joint courses with Peking University after the Chinese institution controversially expelled a prominent critic of the country's government.Xia Yeliang, a champion of free speech, was...
Mean Streets, Maverick Poses: Books
The low-life tales of illegal entrepreneurs sparkle, but Dick Hobbs laments a lack of scholarly rigour.Floating City: Hustlers, Strivers, Dealers, Call Girls and Other Lives in Illicit New YorkBy Sudhir VenkateshAllen Lane, 304pp, Pounds 20.00ISBN 9780241002759Published...
News in Brief: News
Scotland/Hong Kong partnershipResearch symbiosisMinisters from Scotland and Hong Kong have signed an agreement for researchers from the two countries' universities to collaborate more closely. Research teams would "explore innovative new ways of working...
News in Brief: News
United StatesQuick to the cutA US university has had to cancel classes for the spring term because of budgetary problems. Two weeks ago, just days before student registration began, directors and department heads at San Jose State University were told...
No One's Seeing Red over Teqsa's Quality Checks, Says Commissioner: News
Data burden for 'traffic light' reports isn't thought to be excessive, forum hears. Jack Grove reports.One of Australia's most senior higher education regulators has defended his country's quality assurance system against claims that it imposes too great...
Not Damned, United: Letters
In their pessimistic analysis of the prospects for English, "What happens in the tempest?" (31 October), Robert Eaglestone and Simon Kovesi make some misleading statements about the organisations that represent the subject and the level of cooperation...
Obituary - Arthur Danto, 1924-2013: People
One of the leading philosophers of his generation has died.Arthur Danto was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on 1 January 1924, a date he thought may have explained his "indefensible optimism", since each new year also marked a new page in his own life.He...
Q-Steps Are Too Tiny to Cover Statistical Gaps: News
Universities are not equipping social science students with the skills to make evidence-based decisions, and 15 specialist statistical training centres launched last month do not go far enough to address the problem.That is the view of John MacInnes,...
Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia's History: Books
Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia's History. By Catherine Merridale. Allen Lane, 528pp, Pounds 30.00. ISBN 9781846140372. Published 3 October 2013On visiting Russia, people tend to fall into one of two camps: those who fall for the classical elegance...
Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media: Books
Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media. By Suzanne Franks Hurst. 248pp, Pounds 20.00. ISBN 9781849042888. Published 26 September 2013As the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside Korem, it lights up a biblical...
Research Councils Show Value of Restraint: News:Grantsuccessrates
Demand management credited with rise in grant success rates. Paul Jump and Holly Else report.The research councils' controversial demand management measures have been credited with driving the fourth successive annual rise in the overall success rate...
Right Judgment: Letters
The July 2013 court ruling that Newcastle City Council should offer two recent care leavers who sought asylum in the UK loans to allow them to access higher education has been portrayed by sections of the press as a waste of taxpayers' money. This portrayal...
Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence: Books
Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence. By Christina B. Hanhardt. Duke University Press. 360pp, Pounds 71.00 and Pounds 16.99. ISBN 9780822354574 and 4703. Published 25 October 2013Introducing students to the extensive struggles...
'Share Histories of Threatened Violence': News
Victim of harassment calls for changes in light of Queen's academic's jail term. Paul Jump reports.An academic has urged universities to pass on details of threatening behaviour exhibited by students or staff when they move institution, after a researcher...
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: Feature
Susan K. Burton looks back at her decade teaching at Japanese universities and wonders why more Westerners don't head East.Ten years ago I had just received my doctorate in history from the University of Sussex and was working for the minimum wage at...
So Many Scores to Settle: Books
Barbara Eichner on a biography that looks for insight into a composer's work itself.Richard Wagner: A Life in MusicBy Martin GeckTranslated by Stewart SpencerUniversity of Chicago Press. 464pp, Pounds 24.50ISBN 9780226924618 and 24625 (e-book)Published...
Soul Stirrers: Feature
A mentor provides far more than inspiration and sage advice, says Tom Palaima, as his own and others' life-changing experiences attest. But does the era of Moocs threaten the loss of such guiding relationships?I have been meditating upon mentors - slightly...
Teaching Turn-Offs: Opinion
Much more liaison is needed to make universities' PGCE courses relevant and effective in the real school world, says Susan Bassnett.I have two secondary school teachers in my extended family, but only one has gone back after this year's summer break....
There's No Distance Left to Run: Leader
The 1994 Group's break-up reflects fragmentation in the sector and leaves the 'elite' tag to the Russell Group alone.So farewell, 1994 Group - you had been looking a little thin recently, but your demise was unexpectedly sudden nonetheless.It's hard...
The Same Old Song: Universities Will Repeat Music's Costly Online Errors: News
If Moocs are academy's Napster, ex-Undertone tells GuildHE, beware the 'free is always good' myth. Chris Parr reports."You will make the same mistakes as the music industry. All you can do is try to limit the damage that might be caused along the way."Feargal...
THE Scholarly Web: People
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.What's the scariest thing in the world of higher education? This was the question we put to our Twitter followers on 31 October, expecting to indulge in a bit of Halloween fun.However, the tweets that emerged...
The Week in Higher Education: News
- Unions have called another nationwide strike for 3 December as part of a pay battle with higher education employers. As on 31 October, the University and College Union, Unite and Unison are all set to take industrial action over a "disparaging" 1 per...
Time to Leave the Access 'Bubble': News
Insular efforts neglect success stories and 'risk-taking', says Graeme Atherton. Jack Grove writes.School outreach staff have failed to communicate the importance of getting more pupils from poor backgrounds into higher education, a university access...
US Still Sets Pace despite Its State Flagships Falling Behind: News
Private universities will keep US system ahead of Asia for decades yet, conference hears. John Morgan reports from Shanghai.The strength of America's private universities means that the nation will continue to lead world higher education despite Asia's...
What Are You Reading?: Books
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Paul Benneworth, senior research associate, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Twente, is reading Morrissey's Autobiography (Penguin, 2013). "Thirty years ago, the satirical...
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