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Articles from No. 2205, 2015

£25K 'Doesn't Even Scratch the Surface'
Mick Fuller talks to Holly Else about the changes he's seen to postgraduate funding as UKCGE chair In the nine years that he has been part of the UK Council for Graduate Education, Mick Fuller has seen sweeping changes to postgraduate education.But...
A Matter of Form
Our Deputy Head of Form Completion, Mr Ian Cage, has responded forcefully to the suggestion by Eliane Glaser, senior lecturer in English and creative writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, that much of the administrative form-filling currently...
Anthony Yu, 1938-2015
A leading scholar of religion and literature best known for his translation of the Chinese epic The Journey to the West has died.Anthony Yu was born in Hong Kong on 6 October 1938, although the Second World War forced his family to flee to mainland China...
A Profusion of PhDs but a Lack of Tenure
European study reveals stressed doctoral holders - only a third have tenured posts. Holly Else writes The oversupply of PhD holders in Europe is causing "considerable dissatisfaction and stress" for researchers on temporary contracts, according...
Backing Away from Banglish
Caught between two cultures, six teenagers turn to Arabic to feel at home, finds Mafruha Mohua British-Islamic Identity: Third-Generation Bangladeshis from East London By Aminul Hoque Institute of Education Press 176pp, £26.99 ISBN 9781858566030...
Broncos, Pirates, Professors: All Powerless before Corporate March
Rain and a blustery wind spoiled the big reveal of the Bronze Bronc statue, a weighty upgrade on Bucky the Bronc, the moth-eaten mascot for the basketball team at one of my former universities, the University of Texas-Pan American. Our university hoopsters...
Care to Explain Yourself and Your Work? Well Now You Can
Video interviews by a non-specialist give scholars a platform to discuss research. Matthew Reisz writes Why do translators keep us civilised? What does it mean for us - and especially for religious believers - that humans are closely related...
Every Nook and Cranny
Discover the Tuscan metropolis in a study suffused with all the vitality of the Palio, says Philip Cooke Siena: City of Secrets By Jane Tylus University of Chicago Press256pp, £18.00 ISBN 9780226207827 and 7964 (e-book) Published 4 May 2015Built...
Fighting Them in the Matinees
Richard Bosworth has front-row seats for this tale of deserts, drama and silver-screen propaganda Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema By Ruth Ben-GhiatIndiana University Press420pp, £61.00 and £24.99ISBN 9780253015525, 5594 and 5662 (e-book) Published...
Fruit from the Branches
Transnational education helps people who want a quality university education to get it, argues Rebecca Hughes Throughout my career in transnational education and English language policy, the charges of cultural imperialism have never been...
Grant Winners
National Institute for Health ResearchEfficacy and Mechanism Evaluation programmeAward winner: Andrew HorneInstitution: University of EdinburghValue: £1,215,358A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of the efficacy and mechanism of action of Gabapentin...
Greek Underworld
Dogged by endless scandals and sexual assault allegations, fraternities are under pressure like never before. Is it time to shut them down - or can they mend their ways? Jon Marcus reports Members of US university fraternities and sororities...
HE&me
Elizabeth Fenn is Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill chair in Western American History at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her academic field is the early American West. Last month she was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History, for her book...
Ineffective at Any Dose? Why Peer Review Simply Doesn't Work
A process at the heart of science is based on faith instead of evidence, says Richard Smith, and vested interests keep it in place It is paradoxical and ironic that peer review, a process at the heart of science, is based on faith not evidence.There...
Keeping the Peace
Is there a way for academics and a growing army of administrative staff to rub along? Laurie Taylor and Simeon Underwood consider the rules of engagement When I took up my first academic post as assistant lecturer in sociology at the University...
Letters
Advancement rests on research recordYou report that a black philosopher claims that he was rejected for a full-time job because his proposed black studies course was too challenging to white-dominated academia ("New MA 'too critical of white hegemony'...
New Blood Needed to Pump Up Research
Young innovative researchers need to come to the fore in medical science to help with the challenges that lie ahead, according to funders.Declan Mulkeen, chief science officer at the Medical Research Council, said that informatics expertise, which tends...
News in Brief
THE 'exam howlers' competitionBubbles for bloopersTimes Higher Education is launching this year's call for entries to its "exam howlers" competition, in which lecturers are invited to share their favourite mistakes from students' scripts. Last year's...
Overseas Branch Campuses Fall out of Favour
Internationalisation refocuses on student mobility and strategic partnerships. Chris Havergal writes Opening branch campuses is now the lowest internationalisation priority for European universities, according to a major study, prompting suggestions...
Oxford 'Needs Cultural Shift' to Support BME Students, Study Says
Black and minority ethnic undergraduates report racial slurs and isolation. Jack Grove writes The University of Oxford needs to do more to challenge racism and to make black and minority ethnic students feel more included, claims a long-awaited...
Rising Interest Shown in Grade Point Average Degree Classification Trial
More than 50 higher education institutions have expressed an interest in running a US-style grade point average scheme alongside traditional degree classifications.The growing appetite for operating a dual system, in which an average mark ranging from...
Schools-Led Teacher Training 'Risks Supply Crisis'
The new government has been warned by universities not to risk a teacher supply crisis by solely pursuing a schools-led training system, after being left frustrated in their attempts to help alleviate the problem.James Noble-Rogers, executive director...
Science: Never Use One Word When Three Will Do
More is more when it comes to writing the abstract of a scientific paper if a researcher wants it to be cited, despite advice to the contrary, according to research.Three academics from the University of Chicago have put to the test the advice given...
Strikes Loom as UCU Urges Rebuff
Union advocates rejection of pay offer and Prevent strategy implementation. Jack Grove reports Members of higher education's largest trade union will be urged to reject a 1 per cent pay offer in a forthcoming ballot, raising the prospect of...
Support for Part-Time and Postgrad Study Cut in Hefcw Funding Decision
Welsh research budget protected but sector head seeks policy changes. Chris Havergal reports The Welsh government has faced renewed calls for a rethink of higher education funding after a decision to protect the sector's research budget triggered...
The Crucible for Firing Up Industry and Innovation
Chris Havergal hears how a soon-to-open campus aims to create big economic opportunities for Wales It once provided jobs for thousands of workers. But the decline and eventual closure of BP's petrochemical operations in Swansea was mirrored...
The Fad for Extensions Is Cooling
The move away from overseas branches attests to the fact that such operations are hard to get right and offer no quick returns Over the past decade, many universities have assumed that to be taken seriously on internationalisation, they had...
There's Method in This Madness
An award-winning lecturer explains why 'unsettling' students is a valuable tactic. John Elmes reports "I'm a bit of a mad teacher. I'm always welcoming the bizarre, the creative, the extraordinary into the classroom. I'm a huge fan of the...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere "Historians for Britain" is, according to its website (http://owl.li/N7YPO), a campaign headed by some of Britain's leading historians and academics who believe that there needs to be a substantial...
The Tip-Top Club: Home to 173 Men and Just 28 Women
Of top 200 institutions in the world, only one in seven has a female leader, research shows. Ellie Bothwell reports Just 14 per cent of the universities ranked in the top 200 in the world are female-led, a major higher education conference...
The Week in Higher Education
The University of Edinburgh said that it "deeply regrets" an incident in which a student was pushed to the ground by a security guard. Footage of the incident, which happened during an occupation of a university building in protest at the university's...
The Wrong Carrot?
Postgraduate loans are welcome, but we must recognise the role of funding in decision-making, argue Paul Wakeling and Adél Pásztor This week marks the closure of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on postgraduate...
Things Left Unsaid
It's time to rouse an academy reticent about politics, says Shahidha Bari I don't know if it was "The Sun wot won it", but I'm fairly certain that it wasn't footage of a young Ed Miliband stuttering sedition in a 1991 interview at an Oxford...
'Too Scared to Speak' at NUS Conference
A number of delegates who attended the annual conference of the National Union of Students have complained of an "atmosphere of intimidation" at the event.An open letter signed by 43 attendees of last month's conference claims that many students "felt...
Trip Switch: The World Is UK Students' Oyster
The number of UK students who go abroad as part of their degree programme has increased by as much as 39 per cent in the space of a year.Analysis of Higher Education Statistics Agency data reveals that 28,640 students at British universities went overseas...
Two-Tier Pay System Emerges at the LSE
Support staff on single salary spine with bespoke model set up to lure researchers. Jack Grove writes The London School of Economics has effectively scrapped nationally agreed pay scales for most of its academic staff so that it can offer...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers Leah Astbury, PhD student in the department of history and philosophy of science, University of Cambridge, is reading Jennifer Evans' Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern...
'Where Is Piety? Where Is God in All This?'
Murderous deeds done in Islam's name cannot exterminate love and courage in an unflinching Mali-set drama inspired by real events, writes Duncan Wu TimbuktuDirected by Abderrahmane SissakoStarring Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri and Toulou KikiOn...
World in Brief
United StatesFraternities 'top liability risk'US university fraternities, or male student societies, are widely considered to be a significant risk to institutions, according to a survey of university risk managers. The University Risk Management and...
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