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Articles from No. 2075, November 8

A Dialectical Relationship
This tale of friends, lovers and fighters for political change has epic sweep, says Robin Feuer Miller.Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma GoldmanBy Paul Avrich and Karen AvrichHarvard University Press528pp, Pounds 25.95ISBN...
Antarctic Merger Is Frozen Out
Survey stays intact after politicians and scientists put proposal on ice. Paul Jump writes.The chair of the Commons Science and Technology Committee has denied putting undue political pressure on the Natural Environment Research Council ahead of its...
Appointments
University of EdinburghJulie TaylorThe head of strategy and development at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has taken up a new post at the University of Edinburgh. Julie Taylor now holds the inaugural NSPCC chair in child...
'Black Dog' in the Marketplace
Sally Munt on a critical guide to the economic system's baleful effects on the individual mind.Depression: A Public FeelingBy Ann CvetkovichDuke University Press296pp, Pounds 64.00 and Pounds 15.99ISBN 9780822352235 and 2389Published 25 November 2012Ann...
Bull or Bear, They Will Fight It
The Council for the Defence of British Universities aims to repel the market forces that it says threaten the academy's values.Two men were hiking in the woods when a grizzly bear appeared through the trees."Run for your life!" the first man shouted....
Campus Round-Up
University of EdinburghFresh light on dark matterA university has teamed up with a capital management firm to launch a competition that asks experts to find techniques that might shed light on dark matter. University of Edinburgh astronomers and the...
Celebration of the Medium and a Latin Flavour in the Latest Release
Introduction to Film StudiesEditor: Jill NelmesEdition: FifthPublisher: Routledge/Taylor and FrancisPages: 536Price: Pounds 80.00 and Pounds 26.99ISBN: 9780415582575 and 2599In the 16 years since it was first published, Routledge's Introduction to Film...
Conveners, Assemble!
'World's banker to poor' calls on sector to exercise moral power for local benefit. Matthew Reisz writes.A university's new chancellor has called on institutions to use their "convening power" to proactively address local problems.Nobel laureate Muhammad...
Debt Put Postgrads off before Fees Hike
Longitudinal study adds to concerns raised about the future of UK research. Jack Grove reports.Fresh fears over the future of postgraduate education in the UK have been raised after a survey revealed that half of graduates are already being deterred...
Fidei Defensores
Next week, scholars will launch the Council for the Defence of British Universities. Historian Keith Thomas and astrophysicist Martin Rees, eminent founding members of the independent body, explain why they believe the academy requires protection from...
Finch Closed Eyes to Open Alternatives
The evidence from Simon Lilley et al. of publishers earning excessive profits while reducing their tax bills raises further questions about the credibility of the Finch proposals for supporting open access ("Firm chose haven, let's give it hell"; "How...
Fit: An Architect's Manifesto
Fit: An Architect's Manifesto. By Robert Geddes. Princeton University Press. 144pp, Pounds 13.95. ISBN 9780691155753. Published 14 November 2012Fit is Robert Geddes' attempt to distil a lifetime of learning during a distinguished architectural career...
Fleshing out Details for Voyeuristic Pleasures
Television, Sex and Society: Analyzing Contemporary RepresentationsEditors: Basil Glynn, James Aston and Beth JohnsonPublisher: Bloomsbury/ContinuumEdition: FirstPages: 224Price: Pounds 17.99ISBN: 9780826434982This edited collection offers readings of...
Forced Marriage
A state-imposed merger of three Welsh institutions threatens self- government in the sector, Barbara Wilding warns.There are few things that UK higher education should value more highly than the tradition of institutional autonomy. But Cardiff Metropolitan...
For US, Recruiting the Usual Suspects Is Not Enough
US universities should aim to recruit more students from Saudi Arabia if they are to reduce their dependence on students from China, India and South Korea, according to a report.Institutions are over-reliant on students from those countries, a risky...
Freedom from Private Functions
Great and good launch Council for the Defence of British Universities. David Matthews reports.A host of the UK's most esteemed thinkers have joined a campaign that calls for university autonomy, research free from short-term economic concerns and higher...
From Chaos to Calm: Pay Attention at the Back
Managing Pupil Behaviour: Improving the Classroom AtmosphereAuthor: Terry HaydnEdition: SecondPublisher: Routledge/Taylor & FrancisPages: 220Price: Pounds 95.00 and Pounds 22.99ISBN: 9780415614313 and 14320You know you are on to a good thing when...
From Where I Sit - No Time to Lose on Korea Moves
When it comes to higher education in the Republic of Korea, most of us would find it hard to answer key questions. What do you think about their university research priorities? Who would you partner with on an international exchange programme? OK, maybe...
Fundamental Principles of Form and Function
The Constitution of the United Kingdom: A Contextual AnalysisAuthor: Peter LeylandEdition: SecondPublisher: HartPages: 362Price: Pounds 12.95ISBN: 9781849461603For many people, the very idea of a UK constitution is cause for bewilderment. A constitution...
Global Differences in How We Speak
Languages of the World: An IntroductionAuthor: Asya PereltsvaigEdition: FirstPublisher: Cambridge University PressPages: 296Price: Pounds 55.00 and Pounds 19.99ISBN: 9781107002784 and 9780521175777What connection is there between salami and halogens?...
Governing the World: The History of an Idea
Governing the World: The History of an Idea. By Mark Mazower. Allen Lane, 496pp, Pounds 25.00. ISBN 9780713996838. Published 4 October 2012Mark Mazower's stimulating work analyses how the world was governed (or at least how attempts were made to govern...
Grant Winners
NUFFIELD FOUNDATIONResearch and innovation grantsAward winner: Alison FullerInstitution: University of SouthamptonValue: Pounds 139,788Does apprenticeship work for adults? The experiences of adult apprentices in EnglandAward winner: Ros HermanInstitution:...
Hepi Downplays Fee Reform's Deterrent Effects
There is no evidence to suggest that increasing tuition fees to a maximum of Pounds 9,000 a year has deterred large numbers of students from applying to university, a report has argued.The study by the Higher Education Policy Institute, published on...
He Who Would Relevant Be
John Bunyan's masterwork, which influenced literature, politics and culture for generations, is startlingly modern in depicting a world of greed and inequality.The Pilgrim's ProgressBy Ralph Vaughan WilliamsEnglish National Opera at the London ColiseumSix...
How We Learn to Make Sense of Our Feelings
The Development of Emotional Intelligence: A Case StudyAuthor: Nadja ReisslandEdition: FirstPublisher: Routledge/Taylor & FrancisPages: 184Price: Pounds 50.00 and Pounds 19.99ISBN: 9780415359511 and 9528Many times as I read this book I wondered if...
INTO the Deep for Debt-Hit 'Dolphin'?
Gloucestershire has 'no future without public-private partnership', source hears. John Morgan reports.The University of Gloucestershire should "swim like a dolphin" in a far-reaching joint venture with private firm INTO, its deputy vice- chancellor has...
It's All in the Balance
The growing middle classes will place huge demands on resources; universities have a pivotal role to play in the solution, says David King.These are already challenging - and exciting - times for higher education, but demographic changes are about to...
Just Because They Did It like That before, Doesn't Mean You Have To
Researching Society and CultureEditor: Clive SealeEdition: ThirdPublisher: SagePages: 636Price: Pounds 85.00 and Pounds 27.99ISBN: 9781849207980 and 07997Cultural studies is as much taken up with challenging the conditions of possibility that make certain...
Legal Aid Available for Cross-Border Practitioners
Complete International Law: Texts, Cases, and MaterialsAuthor: Ademola AbassEdition: FirstPublisher: Oxford University PressPages: 776Price: Pounds 33.99ISBN: 9780199578702International law has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent decades and...
Let's Get Physical, Hot Topical and Organic Down in the Laboratory
Principles of Polymer ChemistryAuthor: Abe RavveEdition: ThirdPublisher: SpringerPages: 801Price: Pounds 85.50ISBN: 9781461422112This textbook's title reflects its core focus, and its 800 pages point to the depth and complexity of the field of polymer...
Listing Wildly
Weary of cronyism, many in Italy welcomed a metrics-based research evaluation - until they saw the catalogue of approved publications, 'crazy lists' that ignored many journals in favour of provincial newspapers, religious circulars and yachting magazines....
Little Talk of One Direction after Trio Exit the Band
'Reposition yourselves' mission groups are advised as institutions switch allegiance. Jack Grove reports.The departure of the University of Surrey, the University of Bath and the University of St Andrews from the 1994 Group could herald a further break-up...
Maverick Sub-Branders Threaten Purity of Message
Branding conference delegates warned of dangers of breakaway groups. David Matthews reports.Universities must rein in departments or schools that create different "sub-brands" for themselves or they risk diluting their overall identity, a senior lecturer...
Name Can't Save Loughborough's Star Department
Loughborough University is to close its highly respected department of information science, despite warnings of "negative reputational impact".The department's closure was confirmed to its 25 staff last week, following a strategic review that concluded...
News in Brief
SwitzerlandPayment is now dueForeign governments should help to cover the cost of their citizens studying at universities in Switzerland, according to a report from the country's higher education leaders. The Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities...
Notes of Support: Older Generation Offers Poor Most Generous Packages
Post-1992 bursaries decline in the Pounds 9,000 fees era, IFS research shows. Jack Grove reports.Students from poorer families attending post-1992 universities will receive less financial support under the coalition's higher education reforms but those...
Not on Their Lives
Obamacare is undemocratic; we will resist, vows Felipe Fernandez- Armesto."Why", my neighbour asked me, tapping my chest with an inquisitorial finger, "are you suing the government of the United States?" I was taken aback. Litigation horrifies me and...
Nuanced Tales Behind the Veil
A close-focus study of Arab schooling calls Western views into question, writes Carine Allaf.Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and ProgressBy Fida AdelyUniversity of Chicago Press240pp, Pounds 48.50 and Pounds 16.00ISBN...
Obituary - Mark Poster, 1941-2012
A scholar who was crucial in bringing French critical theory to the US, and went on to analyse contemporary media, has died.Mark Poster was born in New York on 5 July 1941, studied at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and completed a PhD...
Olfactory Settings for Scholars and Scientists in Search of Lost Time
'Two cultures' network: memory and madeleines are on the menu. Matthew Reisz reports.Neuroscientists, literary critics, philosophers and psychologists are joining forces next week for an experiment on the evocative power of smells, sounds and tastes...
Peace of Mind: Sector Mulls Insurance against Acts of God (Well, UKBA)
The sector is considering protecting its reputation among international students by creating an insurance scheme that would provide compensation or transfer to other courses for those affected if their universities fail or can no longer teach them.The...
Planet without Apes
Planet without Apes. By Craig B. Stanford Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 272pp, Pounds 19.95. ISBN 9780674067042. Published 25 November 2012The non-human great apes - our closest living relatives - are on the edge of extinction. Planet without...
Preparing for the Process of Intervention
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: An IntroductionAuthors: Diana Sanders and Frank WillsEdition: ThirdPublisher: SagePages: 352Price: Pounds 75.00 and Pounds 24.99ISBN: 9781849205641 and 05658This clearly written textbook covers the main components required...
Prescription for Waste
Regarding "Spare the special pleading" (Letters, 1 November). It is good to know that Kevin Smith's limited knowledge of pharmacy education has not inhibited him from expressing his strident views. To help him understand the issues, we would refer him...
Propagation of Cultural Cues for Boys and Girls
Gender and Popular CultureAuthors: Katie Milestone and Anneke MeyerEdition: FirstPublisher: PolityPages: 200Price: Pounds 55.00 and Pounds 15.99ISBN: 9780745643939 and 3946Gender and Popular Culture presents readers with a rich analysis of the ways in...
RCA Expands and Seeks to Suck in More Students
The Royal College of Art is going ahead with plans for expansion despite an uncertain future for postgraduate education.At the start of the academic year, the Kensington-based institution opened the Dyson Building across the River Thames in Battersea,...
Research Intelligence - Gender Bias Hides, Even in Open Minds
Sector wakes up to discriminatory effects of unconscious prejudice. Elizabeth Gibney reports.Researchers - their skills honed over years of training in the scientific method - often see themselves as less susceptible to bias than the public. "I judge...
Responsible Leadership
As deputy academic secretary at the University of Stirling at the time of the Queen's visit in 1972, I, inter alia, served as clerk to the discipline committee, which was anything but the "hopeless kangaroo court" to which Dennis Farrington refers (Letters,...
Round-Up
Gender Equality in the Welfare State?Author: Gillian PascallEdition: FirstPublisher: Policy PressPages: 208Price: Pounds 65.00 and Pounds 21.99ISBN: 9781847426659 and 6642How far have UK governments progressed from post-war assumptions about gender difference...
Round-Up
The Psychology of Ageing: An IntroductionAuthor: Ian Stuart-HamiltonEdition: FifthPublisher: Jessica KingsleyPages: 464Price: Pounds 29.99ISBN: 978184905245The author, a developmental psychologist at the University of Glamorgan, draws on three decades...
Smooth Operator Seeks Fascination, Not Equations
Fundamentals of TribologyAuthors: Ramsey Gohar and Homer RahnejatEdition: SecondPublisher: Imperial College Press/World ScientificPages: 460Price: Pounds 59.00ISBN: 9781848168602I'm proud to be a tribologist, although sadly this declaration doesn't excite...
Steep Costs Deter Brazil's Experience Seekers
Despite interest, UK too dear for growing middle class. Elizabeth Gibney reports from Sao Paulo.UK universities' student recruitment drive among Brazil's growing middle class is being slowed down by their costly international fees.That is the view of...
Strategy for American Humanities: Blow Them Up and Start Again
A declining, out-of-touch discipline and its vocational counterpart must merge to offer a thriving third way, argues Toby Miller.The humanities in the US are finished. They are unpopular with students, politicians and bureaucrats.Students vote through...
Student Review
Exploring Chemical AnalysisAuthor: Daniel C. HarrisEdition: Fifth internationalPublisher: W.H. Freeman/Palgrave MacmillanPages: 640Price: Pounds 52.99ISBN: 9781429295765This is the type of textbook not usually found on your typical chemistry undergraduate's...
Student Review
Science Fiction Film: A Critical IntroductionAuthor: Keith M. JohnstonEdition: FirstPublisher: Bloomsbury/BergPages: 192Price: Pounds 55.00 and Pounds 17.99ISBN: 9781847884770 and 4763Keith Johnston's critical introduction to science fiction film brings...
Student Review
Mechanics of MaterialsAuthor: Russell C. HibbelerEdition: Eighth (in SI units)Publisher: Pearson EducationPages: 920Price: Pounds 49.97ISBN: 9789810690137This is a book that should be on every university's recommended reading list for mechanics modules....
Student Review
Selwyn's Law of EmploymentAuthor: Astra EmirEdition: SeventeenthPublisher: Oxford University PressPages: 792Price: Pounds 34.99ISBN: 9780199640263Selwyn's Law of Employment has long been a market leader among employment law textbooks. It is now in its...
Student Reviews
Electrochemistry: The Basics, with ExamplesEditors: Christine Lefrou, Pierre Fabry and Jean-Claude PoignetEdition: FirstPublisher: SpringerPages: 352Price: Pounds 67.99ISBN: 9783642302497One of the few textbooks I've seen that focuses directly on electrochemistry...
Student Reviews
Digital Prohibition: Piracy and Authorship in New Media ArtAuthor: Carolyn GuertinEdition: FirstPublisher: Bloomsbury/ContinuumPages: 304Price: Pounds 65.00 and Pounds 19.99ISBN: 9781441106100 and 131904Carolyn Guertin sees in digital prohibition not...
Student Reviews
What is Education?Author: Philip W. JacksonEdition: FirstPublisher: University of Chicago PressPages: 136Price: Pounds 16.00ISBN: 9780226389387This is the book I needed for my history and philosophy of education module two years ago! I sat down with...
Student Reviews
English Phonetics and Phonology: An IntroductionAuthor: Philip CarrEdition: SecondPublisher: John Wiley & SonsPages: 204Price: Pounds 24.99ISBN: 9781405134545For newcomers to the world of linguistics, this is a solid starting point. Assuming no previous...
Student Reviews
Controversies in Cognitive NeuroscienceAuthor: Scott SlotnickEdition: FirstPublisher: Palgrave MacmillanPages: 240Price: Pounds 65.00 and Pounds 26.99ISBN: 9780230301108 and 1115Aimed at advanced students with a particular interest in cognitive neuroscience,...
Take the Words out of Their Mouths
Multilingualism: Understanding Linguistic DiversityAuthor: John EdwardsEdition: FirstPublisher: Bloomsbury/ContinuumPages: 152Price: Pounds 45.00 and Pounds 12.99ISBN: 9781441123480 and 26955Textbooks come in all shapes and sizes. Some look like exam...
'The 1994 Group Is So Yesterday' - Targett
"It is difficult to avoid the phrase 'sinking ship'." That was how Jamie Targett, our Director of Corporate Affairs, responded to news that the University of Surrey had joined with Bath and St Andrews and forsaken the ever-diminishing 1994 Group.Targett...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.The proliferation of university courses available free online has the potential to revolutionise the way higher education is accessed by would- be students in every corner of the globe. With the exception of...
The Week in Higher Education
Among the smaller but still significant casualties of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast of the US last month, were thousands of laboratory rodents drowned in the basement rooms of a New York University medical research centre. Gordon J....
Tobacco Gift to Durham Caused Turmoil at the Top
Did ethical issues lead to the exit of the registrar and the council vice-chair? asks David Matthews.When the registrar of Durham University left the institution at the end of June, there was much speculation about her departure. Some believed that it...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Susan Hogan, professor of cultural studies, University of Derby, is reading Julia Long's Anti-Porn: The Resurgence of Anti-Pornography Feminism (Zed Books, 2012). "The book charts the way that...
When Pigs Could Fly and Bears Could Dance: A History of the Soviet Circus
When Pigs Could Fly and Bears Could Dance: A History of the Soviet Circus. By Miriam Neirick. University of Wisconsin Press. 232pp, Pounds 25.50. ISBN 9780299287641 and 87634 (e-book). Published 21 September 2012The Russian Revolution that launched the...
You're the Boss of Me Now, but One Day I'll Go It Alone
Branch campuses may seek independence in long term, experts acknowledge. David Matthews writes.International branch campuses could break free from the UK universities that set them up and become independent institutions within decades, according to the...
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