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Articles from No. 2130, December 5

All Style, No Substance: Arts
A glimpse at the lap of luxury offers few insights into the hard realities of the fashion arena, argues Pamela Church Gibson.Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's Directed and written by Matthew MieleReleased on 6 DecemberTo understand why and how this film...
All the Women in the House Go and Sit Somewhere Else (If You Please): News
Most of UK sector allows gender segregation if it isn't 'forced', poll finds. David Matthews writes.Universities generally do not ban gender segregation at campus events, Times Higher Education has found.THE asked 163 UK higher education institutions...
A Lot More Cash under the Student Mattress: News
Universities make about Pounds 1,400 a year on each student bed they own, a report has revealed, and have nearly doubled their rents in less than a decade.In 2011-12, each bed space made more than Pounds 4,100 in income, but cost institutions only about...
Alternative Economics: ThePoppletonian-Yourofficialnewsletter
The Head of our Economics Department, Professor Patrick Freedperson, has vigorously defended the present government's implementation of the student loan scheme.He admitted that there were "cynical troublemakers" who "might just argue" that the recent...
An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir: Books
An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir. By Phyllis Chesler. Palgrave Macmillan, 256pp, Pounds 16.99. ISBN 9780230342217. Published 1 October 2013More than once in the course of this dramatic memoir by American feminist and psychotherapist Phyllis Chesler,...
Anti-Crisis: Books
Anti-Crisis, By Janet Roitman Duke University Press, 176pp, Pounds 56.00 and Pounds 14.99 ISBN 9780822355120 and 5274 Published 20 December 2013This book is not for the faint-hearted. The general topic is crisis - crisis in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and...
Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War: Books
Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War. By Joy Rohde. Cornell University Press. 224pp, Pounds 19.95. ISBN 9780801449673. Published 17 September 2013Unsettling comparisons of US military tactics in the...
A-Team Approach: Students Love It When a Town Plan Comes Together: News
UWS deploys technology to unite groups studying on separate campuses. Jack Grove reports.Much-maligned virtual worlds are being used to teach groups of students spread across multiple campuses, a conference has heard.Although Second Life, the best-known...
Autonomy Best Policy for Clear and Present Dangers: News
Global coalition points to sector's best defence against political attack. Matthew Reisz reports.A major report makes the case for "autonomy" as an essential protection to "insulate higher education from politicization and ideological manipulation" and...
Byrne Notice: Labour Sets Its Sights on Graduate Tax: News
Shadow universities minister also vows to tackle overseas recruitment barrier. John Morgan reports.Labour's election manifesto could set out a "long-term shift to a graduate tax" as well as a funding policy for the next Parliament, according to the shadow...
Campus Round-Up: CampusRound-Up
Liverpool John Moores UniversityWhat a blastScientists are helping to unravel the mysteries of the most powerful cosmic explosions in the Universe - gamma ray bursts (GRB). Using the world's largest autonomous robotic telescopes - the Liverpool Telescope...
China Tops List of Hot Emergent Properties: News
THE Brics & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 are unveiled. David Matthews reports.China boasts more top universities than any other emerging economy, according to a ranking that looks beyond the usual suspects in global higher education league tables.The...
Coalition Hits Emergency Brake on Private Numbers as SLC Funding Trebles: News
The government has taken emergency action to cap student numbers at private colleges as figures show that total funding at such providers nearly trebled to Pounds 270 million last year.The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills last week brought...
Counting Our Losses: Opinion
The drastic decline of our bird population - monitored with the aid of citizen scientists - must stop, urges Tim Birkhead, before it's too late.I once referred to New Zealand's native bird fauna as "buggered", which it is, largely because most of it...
Crowning Glories, Regal Aspects: Books
Harriet Harriss on an age when 'form followed fealty' and politics triumphed over economics.The City and the King: Architecture and Politics in Restoration LondonBy Christine StevensonYale University Press,304pp, Pounds 45.00ISBN 9780300190229Published...
Editorial Indiscretions: Opinion
PR changes to Wikipedia are part of a long tradition of spin, and not the worst of the dark arts, argues Chris Hackley.In 1929, public relations pioneer Edward Bernays blurred the lines between editorial and propaganda by paying debutantes to light up...
From Where I Sit - Getting the Writing Right: News
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of travelling to Finland to give a course on "English for academic research". This proved to be a stimulating and, in some respects, surprising experience for several reasons.Finns have a reputation for good...
Governance Gender Gap Still Yawning: News
Audit finds lack of women on university boards affects female v-c numbers. Jack Grove reports.The lack of female representation in universities has again been highlighted by a study showing that only a third of governors are women.Just 32 per cent of...
Grant Winners: News
National Institute for Health ResearchHealth Services and Delivery Research programmeAward winner: Martin C. GullifordInstitution: King's College LondonValue: Pounds 349,926Cost-effectiveness of different levels of uptake of bariatric surgery in a large...
Grime, Crime and Art Sublime: Books
Clare Brant revels in a compelling evocation of non-conformists in the capital's cultural 'heart'.The First Bohemians: Life and Art in London's Golden AgeBy Vic GatrellAllen Lane, 512pp, Pounds 25.00ISBN 9781846146770Published 3 October 2013London history...
HE&me: People
Rebecca Hughes, who was previously pro vice-chancellor for international and chair in applied linguistics at the University of Sheffield, this week takes up the post of director of international higher education at the British Council.Where and when...
Horizon Pales for the 'Afterthought' Fields Facing Less Money in the Pot: News
Lack of interdisciplinarity and pared funds leave social sciences, humanities cold. Holly Else writes.Social sciences and humanities researchers have strongly criticised the provisions for their subjects in the European Commission's next research and...
I'm Also an Expert on ..: Feature
Historically, African American scholars achieved public prominence only by exercising their intellects in the cause of racial justice, often sacrificing greater recognition in their chosen field. Has anything changed?, asks Daniel Matlin.Do black intellectuals...
Indians Opt for Home Comforts: News
Rising costs not visa crackdown may be reason for declining UK numbers. David Matthews writes.The dramatic decline in the number of Indian students in the UK might not be down to government policies but could instead reflect the growing costs of studying...
Interview - New Model Academy: News
Fashion college's 'slimmed down' style is cut to fit students' needs, vice-principal tells John Elmes."We don't offer wine tasting; we don't offer circus act training, we offer serious fashion education."Gary Pritchard, vice-principal of the Conde Nast...
Loans Targeted for Change as Students Sleep Five to a Room: News
Frances Mechan-Schmidt reports on Germany's student accommodation and financing crises.Angela Merkel's election win in Germany in September sparked a long battle to form a "grand coalition" with the opposition Social Democrats, her reluctant bride-to-be.Student...
Maintaining an Affirming Flame: Books
Chris Jones on a passionate, personal account of the power of poetry in a prosaic world.What W.H. Auden Can Do For YouBy Alexander McCall SmithPrinceton University Press152pp, Pounds 13.95ISBN 9780691144733Published 16 October 2013This charming book...
Mind Power: In BRICs and MINTs, Education Is Fuel for Growth: Opinion
As THE launches its emerging economies university rankings, Jim O'Neill says the UK can help the world and itself by going global.In almost two decades with Goldman Sachs, including 10 years as its chief economist, I spent a lot of time thinking about...
Minors' Savings Would Have Major Impact on Debt Levels: News
Government-matched private funding scheme could help counteract inequality, writes Jack Grove.State-backed child savings accounts should be introduced in the US to help pay poorer students' tuition fees because soaring debt levels are deepening social...
MINT with a Policy Hole: Leader
As more emerging economies get their own acronym, perhaps some high- powered advice for Cameron et al will hit home.China and India are often spoken of as two huge peas in an increasingly lustrous pod. But they are not really the same at all: China is...
News in Brief: News
AustraliaPlea to cut bureaucracyThe main lobbying group for universities in Australia has told the federal government's new commission into public spending that some projects brought in under Labor were over-bureaucratic and "onerous". Universities Australia...
Obituary - Peter Frank, 1934-2013: People
A leading authority on the Soviet Union (and Yorkshire fishing communities) has died.Peter Frank, the son of a postman, was born on 6 May 1934. He was brought up in Whitby and left school at the age of 16. A keen cyclist, he started work as a bicycle...
Our Defence Shields Are Down: News
Managers who fail to take cyber-risk seriously put institutions' research in jeopardy. Chris Parr writes.The overpromotion of academics who are brilliant in their field but "awful" managers is jeopardising the effectiveness of university cybersecurity...
Out of Control: Feature
Jack Grove reports from Turkey, where the state is confronting student protest with an iron fist while promising to relax its grip on the academy. Can universities thrive under a government that has seemingly 'taken on' the educated classes?Inside the...
Signal and Noise in the Lecture Theatre: Letters
In a tone characteristic of many contemporary educationalists when proselytising about their bete noire, Graham Gibbs claims that the lecture is a demonstrably ineffective pedagogic form that in some cases is worse than "no teaching at all" ("The chalk...
Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images: Books
Snapshot Photography: The Lives of Images. By Catherine Zuromskis. MIT Press, 264pp, Pounds 24.95. ISBN 9780262019293. Published 22 November 2013Non-art photographs have been largely overlooked by art historians, argues Catherine Zuromskis. Readers guided...
Still a Land of Opportunity: Opinion
Reasons abound why UK students should study in the US, says Alan Ryan.At this time of year, deans of admission from US universities can be spotted prowling the British countryside, hoping to snare unwary 18-year- olds with offers of a world-beating undergraduate...
The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex: Books
The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex. By Julie Peakman Reaktion, 352pp, Pounds 25.00. ISBN 9781780231853. Published 24 November 2013Academics have always wanted to disseminate their research to wider audiences, but in recent years those...
THE Scholarly Web: People
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere."Overall, we need to take a step away from presenting higher education mainly as a financial issue: funding, fees, pay." These are the words of Ferdinand von Prondzynski, vice-chancellor of Robert Gordon University,...
The Triumph of Human Empire: Verne, Morris, and Stevenson at the End of the World: Books
The Triumph of Human Empire: Verne, Morris, and Stevenson at the End of the World, By Rosalind Williams, University of Chicago Press, 432pp, Pounds 21.00, ISBN 9780226899558 and 9589 (e-book), Published 28 October 2013For some years, humanists and scientists...
The Week in Higher Education: News
- The Daily Mail is not known for its sympathetic treatment of social workers or single mothers, but it seems an exception can be made when it presents an opportunity to have a go at Jobcentre staff. The paper reported on 26 November that an unemployed...
Upturn's Bitter Harvest for US Community Colleges: News
US rural community colleges face a battle to survive in the face of declining state funding and falling enrolment, an expert has warned.J. Noah Brown, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees, told Times...
Very Ripe Fruit Leaves Twitter Followers Nun-Plussed: News
Penis tree is among the medieval images shared by New Generation Thinker. Matthew Reisz writes.You can get some strange reactions if you start posting rude pictures on Twitter.That was what Sarah Peverley, senior lecturer in the University of Liverpool's...
What Are You Reading?: Books
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor, University of Reading, says: "Having recently visited the country, I read Martin Jacques' When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth...
With Strength Comes Weakness: Books
A.W. Purdue on the risky belief that participatory government can always muddle through any crisis.The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the PresentBy David RuncimanPrinceton University Press408pp, Pounds 19.95ISBN...
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