Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2069, September 27

Alumnus Spurns PhD over Plagiarism Row
Former student 'disgusted' at Leeds' decision not to uphold allegations. Paul Jump writes.A former University of Leeds doctoral student is seeking to "renounce" his degree after the institution decided not to uphold a charge of plagiarism against his...
Appointments
Monash/University of WarwickAndrew CoatsThe new academic alliance between Monash University and the University of Warwick has appointed Andrew Coats to the inaugural positions of academic vice-president and director of the Monash-Warwick Alliance strategy....
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast.By Michael Taussig.University of Chicago Press.192pp.Pounds 35.50 and Pounds 11.50.ISBN 9780226789859 and 9866.Published 20 August 2012You read this book agog, as a Colombian "cosmic surgeon" - in Michael Taussig's words - presents...
Breeding Leaders
A handful of universities have produced more than their share of vice-chancellors. Jack Grove looks at how these centres have nurtured talented leaders.As one of Britain's major ports, Southampton knows plenty about the export industry. But the famous...
Campus Round-Up
Royal Holloway, University of LondonGold-letter day for alma materA postbox on a university campus has been painted gold to honour a graduate's success at the London Paralympics. Sophie Christiansen was the first British athlete to win three gold medals...
Canada's Foreign Recruitment Drive May Backfire
Canadian institutions' lack of strategic focus could mean that the country's drive to recruit more overseas students backfires, the head of a higher education marketing consultancy has suggested.In a survey of senior institutional administrative staff,...
'Devil's Advocate': For-Profits Are 'Here to Stay'
Key Liberal Democrats have signalled that they could be willing to see for-profit providers take a bigger role in English higher education.Mike Crockart, Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West and a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, highlighted...
Elan Victual
University food is not what it used to be, laments John Gilbey, but perhaps it is not too late to make it glorious once again.The Wild-West themed diner in the Californian airport lounge was crowded and I ended up sharing a table with an American businessman....
Free in Principle (but with a Few Strings Attached)
Academic freedom has always depended on how well universities satisfy the goals of politicians and demands of the economy.That was the viewpoint put forward by Sir Peter Scott, professor of higher education studies at the University of London's Institute...
From Where I Sit - Personal Married to the Political
Political scientists are often sniffy about the role of the individual in politics and policymaking. But time and again, in studying what happens behind the scenes in European higher education policymaking, I find that individuals who come to the fore...
Future at Their Fingertips (or in Their Pockets, Anyway)
Students have so many devices: sector must be smart and tap them, says expert. Chris Parr writes.Harnessing the power of the technology that students already have in their pockets could revolutionise the way universities teach - but more research into...
Grant Winners
BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCILResponsive Mode Grant AwardsValues are the amounts requested. Awarded amounts may differAward winner: Graham SeymourInstitution: University of NottinghamValue: Pounds 272,000The validation, characterisation...
Head Suspended after Theology School Protest
The head of a theology school at a Catholic university college has been suspended after he criticised plans to close his department.Anthony Towey, head of the School of Theology, Philosophy and History at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, was...
High Drama of a Radical Populist
Takis Pappas applauds this skilfully interwoven story of Greece's most controversial prime minister.Andreas Papandreou: The Making of a Greek Democrat and Political MaverickBy Stan DraenosI. B. Tauris, 352pp, Pounds 30.00ISBN 9781780760803Published 30...
How the Lamps Went Out
Strategy, bellicosity, blunder? A.W. Purdue weighs a fresh look at the Great War's deadly genesis.The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914By Christopher ClarkAllen Lane, 736pp, Pounds 30.00ISBN 9780713999426Published 27 September 2012With the...
London Met Substitute out of the Running after Knock over Quality
Greenwich college evicted from 'clearing house'. David Matthews and John Morgan report.A private for-profit college has been prevented from taking on international students from London Metropolitan University because of concerns over quality.The Greenwich...
Low on Big Ideas and Rhetoric, Labour Must Tackle Class Inequality
As the party's conference looms, Mary Evans asserts that keeping its earlier pledges on education would help to combat societal divisions.In his preface to the 1959 edition of his novel Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh wrote that he had been wrong...
Men against Boys
Sociologist Robert K. Merton's "Matthew effect" (ie, "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer") leads us to expect top academics to set up a system of evaluation that cements their position. So perhaps it is surprising that the research excellence...
More Scrutiny at the Margin Is a Must
"Coalition failed to heed Ucas' AAB warnings" (News, 20 September) does not address the most serious issue arising from the government policies introduced for 2012-13 entry. It was always recognised that there would be a "squeezed middle" of universities...
National Student Survey - Dreaming Spires' Survey Nightmare
State of the student unions: Oxford comes last. Jack Grove and Elizabeth Gibney report.Normally a byword for academic excellence, the University of Oxford seldom finishes last in any league table. But Oxford's student union has found itself bottom of...
National Student Survey - Key Information May Not Unlock Choice
NSS scores' inclusion in KIS could offer perverse incentives. Jack Grove and Elizabeth Gibney write.Including student satisfaction scores in Key Information Sets is unlikely to influence students' university choices but could heap additional pressure...
National Student Survey - Open, Happy Faces: Distance Learner Outclasses Oxbridge in NSS Race
Undergraduates at The Open University are happiest with their courses, according to this year's National Student Survey.The distance-learning institution grabs top spot in the 2012 student satisfaction poll once further education and specialist institutions...
News in Brief
United StatesThis correspondence is privateA judge has backed a US climate scientist's efforts to preserve the privacy of his emails. The court rejected the case brought by the American Tradition Institute, a conservative advocacy group, and ruled in...
Obituary - Gabriel Vahanian, 1927-2012
A theologian who stirred up a storm of controversy with his theories about "the death of God" has died.Gabriel Vahanian was born into an Armenian family in Marseilles, France, on 24 January 1927. He was educated in Valence and at the Protestant Theological...
Off Piste - A Series in Which Academics Step outside Their Area of Expertise - Is It Really So Strange?
A young Nick Hillman chose Manchester less for the university's eminent historians than for the city's glorious music scene - and despite the latter's loathing for his Conservative heroine.At a recent seminar on the student experience, there were raised...
Oh Mum, It's All Your Fault
Long-term misery caused by problematic maternal behaviour gives Janine Spencer pause for thought.Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their PowerBy Terri ApterW. W. Norton, 240pp, Pounds 16.99ISBN 9780393081022Published 15 June 2012When Dickens'...
Opaque? Moi?
Professor Gordon Lapping, of our Department of Media and Cultural Studies, has defended the journal that he currently edits against suggestions that it lacks academic credibility.He told The Poppletonian that these attacks upon The British Journal of...
Promises, Promises
Clegg voiced doubts about scrapping tuition fees before the election but failed to sway party activists, says Philip Cowley.See how much of this you agree with: "The Liberal Democrat pledge to vote against any rise in tuition fees was one of their key...
Red Alert
Is the new student loans system an affordable, progressive system of graduate contributions - or a dodgy move to get debt off the books that could bring grave fiscal consequences? John Morgan sifts through the rhetoric, rates and RABs.On a freezing day...
Research Intelligence - Panning for Gold Dust in Midstream
Measure impact while research is under way, urge Jisc-funded studies. Elizabeth Gibney reports.Universities may be working hard to pull together evidence of the impact of their work for the research excellence framework next year, but efforts are already...
Riotous Assembly Incites Analysis
A conference aims to bring clarity to the motives for last year's civil unrest. Matthew Reisz writes.Glasgow gangs, the changing probation services, sexually explicit material exchanged over mobile phones and stereotypes of the "feral underclass" will...
Shelley and Vitality
Shelley and Vitality. By Sharon Ruston. Palgrave Macmillan256pp, Pounds 18.99.ISBN 9781137011121Published 17 July 2012.Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of those dead, white, male Romantic poets, has had a wonderfully shifting reputation. Since his death in...
Show Your Strengths - We Won't Fund Weaknesses
Concentration on the cards as Ireland shifts to contractual cash. Jack Grove reports from Dublin.Reforms to Irish higher education are gathering pace as universities strive to identify their strengths before the introduction of performance- related funding.The...
Stone Throws Brutal Betrayal into the Mix
A violent, drug-addled reworking of Star Wars is an authentic work by a controversial auteur but lacks the bite of his earlier films, argues Duncan Wu.SavagesDirected by Oliver StoneStarring Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, John Travolta,...
Success at Any Cost? There May Be a High Price to Pay
Allegations of cheating at Harvard might point to a deeper malaise, finds Jon Marcus.The stone is worn and chipped, but you can still make out the motto inscribed above the 111-year-old McKean Gate that leads to Harvard Yard: "Veritas", it says. Truth.It's...
Synonym and Antonym
Freedom and Liberty are not the same, finds Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.Love Freedom, hate Liberty. Freedom University and Liberty University sound similar, to judge by names calculated to appeal to Americans' favourite value.But they could not be more...
Tax and Mend? Lib Dems Start Road to Funding Fix
Former Cambridge bursar leads long journey to recovery. John Morgan reports from Brighton.The Liberal Democrats have set in motion the development of a new policy on higher education fees and funding under the leadership of a peer who advocates a graduate...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.When the UK Border Agency withdrew London Metropolitan University's visa licence, much was written about the detrimental effect the decision could have on the image of Britain's universities for students abroad....
The Week in Higher Education
- Tributes from across the sector have been paid to Mike Baker, the former BBC education correspondent, who died this week. David Willetts, the universities and science minister, described him in a BBC report on 22 September as "a master at conveying...
Things Can Only Get Worse
Budget forecasts suggest that higher education is still at risk from a government needing to find further savings.On the night that Tony Blair was elected to his first term as prime minister in 1997, he famously jigged to the beat of the D:Ream hit Things...
Travelling in Different Skins: Gender Identity in European Women's Oriental Travelogues, 1850-1950
Travelling in Different Skins: Gender Identity in European Women's OrientalTravelogues, 1850-1950By Dunlaith Bird.Oxford University Press. 288pp, Pounds 60.00ISBN 9780199644162.Published 5 July 2012.How identity is constructed and performed has recently...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Sandra Leaton Gray, lecturer in education, University of East Anglia, is reading Stepford Wives, by Ira Levin (Constable & Robinson, 2011) with an introduction by Chuck Palahniuk. "I bandy...
Win Friends and Influence People to Boost Research Productivity
Age, gender and teaching load 'have little impact' on number of papers written. Matthew Reisz reports.Motivation and the ability to network have a far greater impact on research productivity than age, gender, job satisfaction, managerial support or teaching...
You Have Two Minutes on Your Specialist Subject, Starting ... Now
Distil PhDs into 120 seconds: impossible? Not for the winners of a recent competition. Chris Parr reports.A PhD thesis is a labour of love that represents years of sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears. But it seems it can also be summed up in a short, upbeat...
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