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Articles from No. 2243, 2016

Cable: Lib Dems Got Policy Right, Politics Wrong on Fees
Former business secretary speaks to John Morgan after taking up honorary Nottingham professorship The Liberal Democrats merit marks of "8 out of 10 for the policy but 2 out of 10 for the politics" on tuition fees, according to former business...
Confusion over Spend on Sector
OECD to change measures of public outlay amid complex picture on loans. John Morgan writes The year that England introduced £9,000 tuition fees and cut direct teaching grants to universities also saw public funding for higher education dramatically...
Critical Matters?
Matthew Reisz talks to creative writers and artists about what it is like to be the subject of academic commentaries and theories, and whether it is ever useful to read the criticism Dominic Johnson's recent book, The Art of Living, is subtitled...
Disruption Fears Halt LSE Event on How Benefits 'Warp' Claimants
Talk by controversial researcher postponed after 'negative social media activity'. Jack Grove writes A controversial talk on how state benefits can "warp" the personalities of the unemployed has been postponed until further notice over concerns...
Distracted Drivers
Like Volkswagen, business schools have fostered some bad practices; they must rehumanise, says Douglas Board The reputation of the entire automotive industry was damaged by the scandal late last year over Volkswagen's rigging of diesel emissions...
Dwight Jaffee, 1943-2016
A prominent academic expert on banking, mortgages and insurance has died.Dwight Jaffee was born in Chicago on 7 February 1943 and studied at Oberlin College (1960-61) before going on to a BA in economics at Northwestern University (1964).He followed...
Each of Us Will Have a Final Word
In an extraordinary voice, a neurosurgeon wrestles with his looming untimely death, says Jennifer RohnWhen Breath Becomes AirBy Paul KalanithiBodley Head, 256pp, £12.99ISBN 9781847923677Published 4 February 2016No experience is more universal than confronting...
Give and Take in a US Melting Pot
Faith Nibbs on the tensions and accommodations between newcomers and locals in a small town Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, MaineBy Catherine BestemanDuke University Press352pp, £70.00 and £19.99ISBN 9780822360278 and 0445Published...
Grant Winners
Royal Academy of Engineering/Lloyd's Register FoundationResearch FellowshipsAward winner: Pola Goldberg OppenheimerInstitution: University of BirminghamValue: £749,797Advanced micro-optofluidic portable sensing (AMPS) technology for timely point-of-care...
HE&me
Neil Glasser is professor of physical geography and director of the Institute of Geography, History, Politics and Psychology at Aberystwyth University. This month, the Antarctic Place-Names Committee renamed a glacier in the southernmost continent...
India's Passage Might Not Be Simple, but It Can Climb to Elite Tier
The country's ambitious goals for its universities can't be hit quickly or cheaply, says Philip Altbach, but they can be achieved Late last year, India's president, Pranab Mukherjee, told a conference on industry-academic interaction that...
It Takes a Global Village
Universities are finding that feeding the growing worldwide hunger to learn requires an international team effort Fifty-two people are born and 18 people die in India every minute. Or so says Google. There are, in short, a lot of people in...
Journal Editors' Study Claims That Rivals Published 'Marketing Trials'
BMJ editor raises alarm over manufacturers' role in drug research. David Matthews reports Editors on leading medical journals have co-produced research claiming that rivals have been publishing drug trials that may be little more than marketing...
Letters
More needed than tinkeringJohn Jerrim's argument that free university tuition is in effect a subsidy for the rich is quite correct, although it was only one among a raft of such subsidies ("Is free tuition 'the poor subsidising the rich'?", News, 11...
News in Brief
Widening participationWorking-class boys 'first priority'English universities will be required for the first time to prioritise getting more white working-class boys into higher education, under guidance issued to the Office for Fair Access. The government...
Oman's Sohar University Is Here for Long Haul, Says V-C
Barry Winn, former University of Bradford deputy v-c, criticises UK sector's short-term 'colonial' approach to global partnerships. Chris Havergal reports Reflecting on how he came to be vice-chancellor of Oman's first private university,...
Pension and NI Hikes to Hit a Cademics Hard
Extra contributions are likely to cost many university employees more than £1,000 a year, analysis shows. Jack Grove reports Thousands of staff will soon see their take-home pay fall by about £100 a month when changes to state and occupational...
Professional Doctorate V PhD - Which Is Better?
More mid-career employees are taking a non-traditional route to upskill but suspicion over the qualification lingers, finds Jack Grove Over the past 20 years, Witness Dzobo's scientific expertise has taken him to many places.The 42-year-old...
Put the 'I' Back in Your Time
Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work you've taken on? Can't say no to any opportunity? Not enough hours in the day? Don't worry, you're not alone - here, six academics explain how they manage it all Of the academics contributing to this...
Rich 'Five Times More Likely to Study Abroad'
Undergraduates from the most affluent families are up to five times more likely to go abroad as part of their degree than less privileged students, a new study says.Around one in 13 undergraduates (7.9 per cent) from higher managerial and professional...
Shelf Life
Deborah BrautigamWhat was the first book you loved as a child?The Road to Agra by Aimée Sommerfelt: a boy and his small sister walk 300 miles across dusty rural India trying to get to a hospital in Agra to save her failing eyesight. It's got snakes,...
Should We Be Trying to Accelerate Evolution?
Techniques used by scientists are coming under the microscope. Jon Marcus reports from Hawaii If the palm-fringed isle of Moku o Lo'e in the middle of Hawaii's Kaneohe Bay looks familiar, that may be because it was a setting for the movie...
Something Vexes Thee?
From old statues to radical speakers, a pandemic of offensivitis is hitting young people hardest, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto I like to be hated. It is - to paraphrase Mae West - better than being overlooked. I like insults. The indignation...
'Soviet' Era Lives on, to Universities' Cost
Management love of bureaucracy and centralised power flouts evidence base, David Matthews hears University managers are ignoring research that shows organisations function better when they are decentralised and workers given more autonomy,...
Suu Kyi Moves Oxford to Reach out to Myanmar
Academics answer an appeal for help from inspirational alumna. Matthew Reisz writes Aung San Suu Kyi was given an honorary doctorate in civil law by the University of Oxford in 1993. Yet it was only in 2012, after many years of house arrest...
The Don't Knows Have It!
Janet Fluellen, our Director of Curriculum Development, has responded testily to the suggestion that Poppleton can never be in the forefront of modern curriculum design until it emulates the University of Liverpool by advertising a Chair in Uncertainty...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere Daniel Hamermesh, professor in economics at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been appointed director of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) global academic network. Professor Hamermesh...
The Week in Higher Education
The discovery of gravitational ripples - predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago - was hailed by the Independent on 12 February as "one of the greatest achievements in human history". "Gravitational-wave observatories will be akin to the fictional...
'Total Cop-Out' on Access Inequality
Stop blaming schools, Greg Dyke tells elites, and lower entry tariffs for poor. Chris Havergal reports It is a "total cop-out" to blame inequality in university admissions on the schools sector, a former director-general of the BBC said.Greg...
UK and Australia to Share Student Debt Data
The UK and Australian governments are set to share data on expatriate graduates in a bid to improve student debt collection.The planned agreement is part of a new strategy designed to help recoup more of the £457 million portion of the UK student loan...
Unlimited Recruitment 'Transforms' Landscape
Intake nearly doubled at some English campuses since cap came off in 2012. John Morgan writes Forget the teaching excellence framework (TEF): the really radical transformation in English higher education is already under way. The lifting of...
Unmoved by the Prime Movers
Candida Moss on a work tracing the history of thinkers who saw no place for deities Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient WorldBy Tim WhitmarshFaber & Faber, 304pp, £25.00ISBN 9780571279302Published 4 February 2016Almost every religious...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers Carina Buckley, instructional design manager, Southampton Solent University, is reading Raymond Carver's Elephant and Other Stories (Vintage, 2009). "A wrong number in the middle of...
World in Brief
United StatesAdjust to a 'new normal', says Berkeley's DirksThe University of California, Berkeley must adjust to a "new normal" if it is to tackle its growing deficit, according to its chancellor. Nicholas Dirks warned in a campus message that the public...
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