Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2083, January 10

After Il Duce, the Rest Is Silence
Strong ties between ruler and ruled became taboo subjects post-1945, says Ruth Ben-Ghiat.Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini's ItalyBy Christopher DugganThe Bodley Head, 528pp, Pounds 25.00ISBN 9781847921031 and 9781409028956 (e-book)Published...
Alone in America: The Stories That Matter
Alone in America: The Stories That Matter. By Robert A. Ferguson. Harvard University Press. 296pp, Pounds 20.95. ISBN 9780674066762 and 68032 (e- book). Published 25 January 2013In 1953, Hannah Arendt would speak of loneliness, "once a borderline experience...
Another World's Words
Is the use of corporate jargon a surprise, asks Keir Thorpe, when university managers are made to feel so insecure?Down the centuries, academics have been renowned for employing jargon that outsiders find impenetrable. Yet many academics react with contempt...
Appointments
University of GreenwichDarrick JolliffeA specialist in the psychology of crime and the development of criminal behaviour who has joined the University of Greenwich said he liked the idea of being associated with an institution committed to investing...
Been There, Done That
Toby Miller did not take a straight path into academia - far from it, having been, among other things, a DJ, a ditch digger, a speech-writer, a bureaucrat, a security guard and a merchant banker. He reflects on how his atypical trajectory shaped his...
Call Boys and Online Matches
Victor Minichiello hails a study of secret desires that challenges heteronormative notions of masculinity.Touching Encounters: Sex, Work, and Male-for-Male Internet EscortingBy Kevin WalbyUniversity of Chicago Press232pp, Pounds 48.50 and Pounds 16.00...
Campus Round-Up
Bucks New UniversityNo regretsA student is inviting passers-by to think about what they would like to achieve before they die. Paola Brotto, who is studying for a master's in furniture design at Bucks New University, has set up a blackboard on the university's...
Can They Build It? in the Russell Group, They Can
This year will be a busy time for construction in the higher education sector as some universities begin to spend their share of the hundreds of millions of pounds that have been allocated by the government for new facilities.This is the view of Robert...
China Move May Open Floodgates
Mainland recognition of foreign degrees taught in Hong Kong is key for UK, writes David Matthews.Foreign degrees taught in Hong Kong are set to be recognised in mainland China, potentially opening up a huge new market for UK universities.Chinese officials...
Court Allows Patenting of Stem Cell Technologies
A court in Germany has given a "glimmer of hope" to inventors hoping to patent human embryonic stem cell technologies in Europe.In interpreting a landmark decision by the European Court of Justice, the German Federal Court of Justice has ruled that technologies...
Fear of Hands Being Tied on Fines Leads Hefce to Seek Legal Counsel
New loan-funding system may leave council unable to prevent over- recruitment, writes John Morgan.England's funding council fears the new funding system could leave it powerless to fine universities recruiting too many students on taxpayer- backed loans.The...
Foreign Bodies and Fever Dreams
Shahidha Bari commends an expert guide to figures of foreignness from Coleridge to 9/11.Romanticism and the Question of the StrangerBy David SimpsonUniversity of Chicago Press288pp, Pounds 22.50ISBN 9780226922355 and 2362 (e-book)Published 15 January...
From Where I Sit - More to Moocs Than Moolah
I spent some of the past semester trying to be an active learner on a Coursera massive open online course (Mooc) on modern poetry from the University of Pennsylvania. It was an impressive, well-structured offering with a charismatic leader and great...
Gloucestershire Partnership a Failure, Says QAA
The "systemic failure" of a university's partnership with a private college meant that 40 master's students did not take their course, the sector's quality watchdog has found.The Quality Assurance Agency has published a "concerns" report into the partnership...
Grant Winners
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCHHealth Technology Assessment ProgrammeAward winner: Joseph DiasInstitution: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS TrustValue: Pounds 2,284,684Scaphoid waist internal fixation for fractures trial (SWIFFT): cast treatment...
Half of All EU-Funded Health Research Fails to Yield Papers
Call for European Union to establish output-tracking database. Paul Jump reports.More than 50 per cent of European Union-funded health research projects do not result in any publications, researchers have found.A multinational team led by Mike Galsworthy,...
Interview - Cara's Long Embrace of a Saviour of Africa
Anti-apartheid campaigner Albie Sachs has twice received a lifeline, writes David Matthews.Albie Sachs' extraordinary life story is well known across the world: a legal scholar who campaigned against apartheid, in 1988 he lost an arm and the sight in...
It Might Come in Handy after All: Durham Keeps Its Ethics Committee
David Matthews reports on apparent policy U-turn after university weathers tobacco-gift controversy.Durham University has abandoned plans that appeared to involve scrapping its ethics committee, a body that objected to the institution taking a controversial...
Just as Bad, in a Different Way
With radical changes causing discontent across Europe, Susan Bassnett wonders if UK scholars are justified in feeling so aggrieved about their lot.My field of research - world literature and translation studies - means that I have several languages....
Low Bar, High Risk: Ucas Figures Highlight Potential Perils for Institutions
Universities with lower entry requirements could be at greatest risk of losing students and millions of pounds in income under the new funding regime, data suggest.That suggestion comes as the sector awaits details on how individual institutions have...
Major Breakthrough in Science of Atoms - Latest
One of our leading theoretical physicists, Dr T.P. Burlap, has come up with a radical idea for utilising the new "miracle material" graphene.In a paper published in the latest edition of The British Journal of Very Difficult Science, Dr Burlap points...
Name, Rank and Number
Christopher Bigsby can't keep up with the proliferation of new universities.At a recent conference I found myself next to someone from a university I had never heard of. "How long have you been a university?" I asked. "Since Wednesday," he replied. Universities...
News in Brief
Scientific misconductImmunologist found guiltyA former researcher at the universities of Glasgow and Liverpool has been found guilty of serious scientific misconduct by his previous university in Singapore. The National University of Singapore launched...
Obituary - Arthur Collis, 1916-2012
A distinguished academic authority on social work has died.Arthur Collis was born in Leyton, East London, on 13 November 1916, and won a scholarship to the local county high school. He began his working life at the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society...
Philosophical Element Completes Comprehensive Overhaul
School of Humanities bolsters Tsinghua's ascent to global elite, Carolynne Wheeler hears in Beijing.For Beijing's Tsinghua University, reopening an independent School of Humanities was the completion of a circle broken in China's Communist Revolution...
Sandwich Short of a Picnic
Funding system must ensure it does not hamper institutions' ability to offer work placements crucial to graduate employment.How many jobs have you had? Sit down and count them, and the tally can be a surprise.A straw poll in the Times Higher Education...
Shades of Bias Colour Shortlists
It's tough for minority academics, as evidence of discrimination attests. David Matthews writes.A psychological study has found strong evidence of ethnic discrimination in a simulated shortlisting for an academic post.White participants were much more...
Slow Ethics Will Tackle Moral Winter
We need to calm our frenetic lives and let virtues such as integrity, patience and respectfulness prevail, reflects Ann Gallagher.It appears that we are in the midst of a moral winter. We are chilled by revelations that those we think ought to know and...
Slow Is No Way to Go, Argues Researcher
Nanoscientist waits three years to see critique of controversial 'discovery' printed. Paul Jump writes.A paper that was critical of another lab's body of work and took more than three years to be published raises questions about the effectiveness of...
Students Fight for Their Lives as Living and Dead Collide
LHC maintenance crew turn into zombies in film by Cern-based student. Matthew Reisz reports.The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva may have been the source of one of the most important scientific discoveries in recent years, but it now has an additional...
Tell Your Story Clearly, and Consider Getting a Little Help If Needed
The REF's impact case studies present myriad challenges. Seeking an outside view might be no bad thing, argues Neil Robinson.One of the cruellest ironies of the impact agenda is that a process that supposedly has good communication and accessibility...
The Conservatives since 1945: The Drivers of Party Change
The Conservatives Since 1945: The Drivers of Party Change. By Tim Bale. Oxford University Press 384pp, Pounds 55.00. ISBN 9780199234370. Published 20 September 2012While the Conservatives held office between 1979 and 1997, the Labour Party monopolised...
The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine
The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine. By Enda Delaney. Gill & Macmillan, 325pp, Pounds 15.99. ISBN 9780717154159. Published 13 October 2012.In a highly original account of a hugely traumatic series of events, Enda Delaney takes a novel approach...
The Nation Made Real: Art and National Identity in Western Europe, 1600-1850
The Nation Made Real: Art and National Identity in Western Europe, 1600-1850. By Anthony D. Smith. Oxford University Press 232pp, Pounds 30.00. ISBN 9780199662975. Published 24 January 2013Anthony Smith is a crisp explainer. The nature and purpose of...
The Other Boleyn Man
Cathy Shrank extols an insight into the life of a poet who watched his words in Henry VIII's court.Thomas Wyatt: The Heart's ForestBy Susan BrigdenFaber & Faber, 728pp, Pounds 30.00ISBN 9780571235841Published 20 September 2012Wyatt is best found...
The Raw and the Undercooked
A documentary about a Japanese Michelin-starred perfectionist has tasty titbits but not enough meat for Barak Kushner's taste.Jiro Dreams of SushiDirected by David GelbStarring Jiro OnoReleased in the UK on 11 JanuaryThe premise is simple - how much...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere."By now most of us have made our New Year's resolutions, and whether they are traditional or new-age, most have to do not only with improvement but also reform: we want to change, and change for the better,"...
The Tiger That Swallowed the Boy: Exotic Animals in Victorian England
The Tiger That Swallowed The Boy: Exotic Animals In Victorian England. By John Simons. Libri, 208pp, Pounds 12.00. ISBN 9781907471711. Published 4 November 2012People from outside these islands have often been puzzled by the strength of Britons' feeling...
The Week in Higher Education
David Willetts' idea for a new target group for university access drew fire from all directions. Worried by an alarming slump in the number of male applicants, the universities and science minister suggested in The Independent on 3 January that white...
Tips for Those Tough Post-PhD, Pre-Postdoc Days
Doing everything you can to keep a "toehold" in your field while looking for postdoctoral positions was one of the pieces of advice offered at a session on life after the PhD at a conference last week.PhD students heard recommendations on how to succeed...
To Serve the Public
Jonathan Shepherd makes a number of strong points in his article calling for joined-up thinking in research for public services ("Appliance of social science", 3 January), but he also commits a massive error based on the assumption that there is only...
Trust Exercises Benevolence as Actors Enter New Life Stage
Matthew Reisz reports on the bursaries helping ex-thespians to pursue higher education goals.At a time when many students are scrabbling around to make ends meet, one support organisation has "unallocated funds" that it would dearly like to distribute...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Richard Ashcroft, professor of bioethics, Queen Mary, University of London, is reading Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World (Vintage, 2010). "'Cherry' was the youngest member...
Whistleblower Seeks Help to Expose 'Bad' Science
A US-based researcher is recruiting a team of fellow scientists to help him run a new website exposing questionable science after legal threats forced him to remove all postings from his existing site.Paul Brookes, an associate professor at the University...
With Retirement Funds Full, Salaries Expand
Remuneration of Russell Group v-cs up as pension allowances approach ceiling. Jack Grove reports.The average remuneration paid to the vice-chancellor of a Russell Group university rose by Pounds 10,175 to Pounds 277,000 in 2011-12 - a 4.1 per cent increase,...
Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism
Worm Work: Recasting Romanticism. By Janelle A. Schwartz. University of Minnesota Press. 296pp, Pounds 61.50 and Pounds 20.50. ISBN 9780816673209 and 73216. Published 22 September 2012Beginning with its enjoyable introduction, Worm Work promises to be...
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