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Articles from No. 2193, 2015

Access Would Get a 'Reboot' under Labour, Says Byrne
Shadow minister tells John Morgan Labour will aim for graduate tax but has no plans to recap numbers The Labour Party would "reboot" the access regime for universities under its £6,000 tuition fee policy and is not guaranteeing the future...
Attitudes Hold Back Region, Summit Hears
Culture of 'entitlement' must go, Gulf states told at MENA conference. Chris Havergal writes Universities in the Gulf states must overcome a culture of "entitlement" among wealthy students if they are to achieve their aspiration of becoming...
Bolton Pays £100K for Strategy Awayday
Taking all staff to lakeside hotel for audience with v-c is 'developmental investment'. Chris Parr writes The University of Bolton is spending about £100,000 to take all 700 of its staff for an overnight stay in the Lake District so that they...
Bulk of Postgrads Ineligible for Loan, Study Warns
About two-thirds of postgraduates could be ineligible for a loan scheme that the government hopes to roll out from 2016-17, it has been suggested.Juan Guerra, chief executive of Student Funder, an alternative finance provider, told a conference that...
Campus Hunger Games
Kevin Fong: exams teach students to compete when teamwork is the vital skill I hate exams. I hate them more now I have to set them than I did when I had to sit them. This is what I'm thinking while we're hunkering down for the annual exam...
Digital Study May Push Some to Web Addiction
The use of online study methods by universities risks turning students into internet addicts who are less motivated to learn, psychologists have warned.Swansea University researchers surveyed students at three UK higher education institutions and found...
EPSRC Funding Shifts Power Up Energy Research
Energy research has been the big winner under the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's controversial shaping capabilities programme, figures reveal.In 2011, the EPSRC divided its research portfolio into 113 subjects and announced whether...
Everything to Play For: Making a Drama out of a Leadership Crisis
Judith Ackroyd and Jill Robinson are putting the frank observations of anonymised vice-chancellors and chairs of governors on the stage Six years ago, responding to the sudden departure of two vice-chancellors from their posts, David Palfreyman,...
Flexible Study Emerges as Cross-Party Concern
Help for non-traditional learning wins support, with Clark saying 'watch this space'. Chris Havergal writes Government proposals on accelerated and "flexible" degrees in response to the collapse in part-time study are set to be put forward...
Four Quit Board over Ousting
Scholars exit foundation promoting Canada in UK following peer's dismissal. Matthew Reisz writes A heated row has broken out on the board of the organisation responsible for supporting the study of Canada in British universities.The Foundation...
From the Cradle to the Ballot
Labour has given birth to its £6K tuition fees baby but doubts still remain about the costs and benefits of the policy After a long and difficult labour, Ed Miliband finally delivered his £6,000 tuition fee pledge - a policy that he says will...
Greens: Fee-Free Study and V-C Pay Curbs Are Priorities
Party unveils election goals but figures on cost of pledge on fees still pending. John Morgan reports Abolishing tuition fees to end the "commercialisation" of universities and limiting the "incredible" salaries of vice-chancellors will be...
Has the Maverick Broken Away, or Been Broken?
Imagine a university's first graduation ceremony without the presence of its inaugural president and his successor, with few reporters present and all the entrances guarded.Compared with the commotion that surrounded the establishment of the South University...
HE&me
Cherie Booth QC is a leading international human rights barrister and a founder of Matrix Chambers. She served as chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 1999 to 2006 and is presently chancellor of the Asian University for Women. In...
James Thompson, 1932-2015
One of the foremost academic librarians of his generation has died.James Thompson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 11 January 1932 and educated at St Cuthbert's Grammar School. He then went straight to work in the city's public libraries, passed his...
Know the Score
The pay may be good, but it's tough at the top, according to higher education's leaders. Here, five university heads outline how they view their role and the advice they would offer to new or aspiring vice-chancellors Orchestral manoeuvres...
Letters
A welcome shift in tuition fees policyFunding undergraduate education through the current combination of tuition fees and loans is dishonest, unfair, inefficient, unrealistic and damaging to the university. It is dishonest because it promises taxpayers...
Mining Big Data Is the Next Adventure in Risk Mitigation
Thirty students at a new PhD training centre will focus on topics such as extreme weather and population growth. Chris Parr reports "One criticism often levied at the academic community is that, sometimes, the tools and techniques we develop...
News in Brief
Quality assuranceQAA heads to the MedUK higher education provision in Cyprus, Greece and Malta is to be reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency. More than 20,000 students are enrolled in UK higher education study in the three Mediterranean countries,...
No Business like Business
In what those with an eye for a telling headline are already calling "A shock mission admission", our Director of Corporate Affairs, Jamie Targett, has confirmed that our university is applying to join the University Alliance group.Targett reminded our...
PhD Candidates Warn of a Downgrade in Status Ahead
Dutch minister's proposals could result in 'second-class' group. Holly Else reports A group of PhD candidates in the Netherlands are fighting the launch of an experiment that they believe could put their employment status in jeopardy.The Dutch...
Planets Round the Sun
Émigré scholar Yong Zhao believes China doesn't foster the free thinkers it needs to enter the superpower orbit. David Matthews assesses the strength of the country's higher education system In the summer of 2008, the website of one of Beijing's...
Sacred Spaces
Often seen as a heretical branch of English studies, creative writing is split into sects. But, says Jonathan Taylor, such schisms are no sin Some years ago, a lecturer in English literature described one-to-one tutorials to me as a kind of...
Shake-Up Aims to Build Rapid Reaction Research Force
ESRC intends revised training strategy to better support PhD students and to speed work on new issues. Holly Else writes A research council has revamped its strategy for doctoral training. The Economic and Social Research Council says the...
Shared-Services Scheme Awarded Hefce Grant to Encourage Copycats
Yet Falmouth's 'outsourcing' of academic support staff is not without its critics, writes Jack Grove Higher education institutions are to be encouraged to emulate a university that has privatised its entire academic support staff.Falmouth...
Social Sciences Ups the PhD Pace as Candidates Feel Heat to Complete
REF data show big jumps in number of doctoral degree awards in some subjects. Holly Else reports Growth in the number of PhDs awarded in some academic disciplines has far outstripped that in others, evidence submitted to the research excellence...
Standing at a Crossroads
Labour's £6K fees plan raises hopes for a new covenant between the sector and the state, writes Danny Dorling Not long after £9,000 a year tuition fees were introduced in the 2012 "reforms", a myth was born: the bottom 30 per cent of graduates...
Stick or Twist for Greece?
Vasilis Leontitsis weighs arguments for economic reform co-written by a scholar turned Syriza MP Against the Troika: Crisis and Austerity in the Eurozone By Heiner Flassbeck and Costas Lapavitsas Verso, 144pp, £5.99 ISBN 9781784783150 (e-book)...
'The Art of Losing'
Julianne Moore gives a complex, nuanced portrait of a professor confounded and isolated by Alzheimer's, writes Lucy Bolton Still AliceDirected by Richard Glatzer and Wash WestmorelandStarring Julianne Moore and Alec BaldwinOn general release...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere "Today, I had a perfectly reasonable request from a student who wanted to review an exam from last term," writes Andrew Robinson, a contract instructor in the department of physics at Carleton University...
The Week in Higher Education
University lecturers could face tougher quality assessments to address a growing number of undergraduate complaints, The Sunday Times reported on 1 March. The results of the assessments - which will mark down teachers who "fail to pay enough attention...
We're All Bound in Matrix of Light
John Gilbey is fascinated by the unseen fibre-optic communications cables that gird the globe The Undersea Network By Nicole StarosielskiDuke University Press312pp, £68.00 and £18.99ISBN 9780822357407 and 7551Published 20 March 2015In the...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers Deborah Cohen, professor of history, Northwestern University, is reading Matt Cook's Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth-Century London (Palgrave Macmillan,...
Where Marx and Miliband Meet
An engaging account of an unruly city, but why so little on Empire, wonders Danny Dorling Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Radical HistoryBy David RosenbergPluto Press, 320pp, £45.00 and £8.50 ISBN 9780745334103 and 34097 Published...
Who Make the Best Observers?
Should internal peers or external assessors do quality checks on teaching staff? asks Jack Grove With nine out of 10 students happy with the teaching they receive, you might imagine that universities are pretty confident about what is on offer...
World in Brief
United StatesStudents report being pressured into non-consensual sexAlmost 10 per cent of female and 4 per cent of male undergraduates say they have "been pressured or forced into sexual contact without their consent" during their four years at university,...
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