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Articles from No. 2203, May 14

3D Printed Bones Help Solve 'Body in Suitcase' Murder
Prosecutors rely on technology developed by team at Warwick to secure conviction. Chris Parr writes Experts at the University of Warwick have helped West Midlands Police to convict a man who killed his friend before disposing of the body in...
'A Year of IS Rule Has Set Us Back 10 Years'
Chilling testimonies collected from Iraqis by a British charity reveal the devastating impact of the arrival of Islamic State. Matthew Reisz writes Harrowing stories of the suffering and dilemmas faced by academics in Islamic State-controlled...
Because It Is Fair
David Wilkinson's university found clear evidence that its female academics were paid less. So it raised their pay In the days since McMaster University announced that it would increase the annual salary of its female academics by C$3,500...
Business Ties Are Wider but May Not Be Lasting
Universities have increased their engagement with small businesses but may have spread resources thinly in partnerships that lack longevity, a report has warned.The National Centre for Universities and Businesses annual report on academic industry relations...
Concluding Thoughts
Mortuary science finds the dead in good spirit, says Christopher Bigsby When Arthur Miller wrote Death of a Salesman, a number of his backers asked him to change the title, regarding the word "death" as a bit of a downer for Broadway. Not...
Consider Agents as a Force for Good, Paper Says
UK universities should rethink relationships with international student recruitment agents to "bridge the gap" between the concerns of academics and international offices, a study says.A paper produced for the Society for Research into Higher Education...
Europe Needs Tenure Track to Keep Its Young Talent
Continental system is critical to stop drain to US, says head of EPFL. Ellie Bothwell reports The head of the highest ranked young university in the world has called for the implementation of a Europe-wide tenure track system to stop junior...
Evolution of a Life's Work: Manuscript 4.0
Mark Walport posits a future in which papers are revised as research matures. Holly Else writes In years ahead, scientists may communicate their results through "evolving manuscripts" that are updated continually over a working life.This scenario...
Exit Poll Right: A Wild Ride, but Engagement Is Bigger Thrill, Academic Says
As Big Ben began to chime at 10pm on 7 May, the exit poll predicted a large Conservative lead and delivered the biggest shock of the UK's general election.John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde - who became one of the stars...
Fear and Loathing in Shagaluf
To research mass tourism and the 'Brits abroad' mentality in Magaluf, Hazel Andrews had to endure hard drinking, sexism and sexualisation, racism and Roy 'Chubby' Brown. Matthew Reisz asks her why she did it and what she learned For someone...
Fossil Fuel Divestment Hits the Gas
'Domino theory' points to UK academy's future financial environment. Chris Havergal reports Just six months have passed since UK universities' efforts to divest from the fossil fuel industry were condemned as disappointingly slow-moving by...
France's Unemployed Are Prescribed a Mooc
Jobseekers in France are to be given premium access to an online course provider as part of a government partnership announced by the country's president, François Hollande.From 1 September, those seeking work will have full access to OpenClassrooms,...
Good Morning, Minister, and Welcome to the Hot Seat
The next five years are likely to be eventful for Jo Johnson as the minister for higher education, but David Bell has tips to share Dear Jo Johnson,Congratulations on your appointment as minister for universities and science. You will be reflecting,...
Grant Winners
Leverhulme TrustMajor research fellowshipsAward winner: Stephen HartInstitution: University College LondonValue: £97,155A critical edition of the apostolic processus of Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617)Award winner: Nicholas HalmiInstitution: University...
Hands off QAA!
Our Director of Corporate Affairs, Jamie Targett, has defended the Quality Assurance Agency from accusations of "copping out" after it refused to release details of the first successful appeal against its critical findings.Targett said that it was certainly...
HE&me
Sociologist Tracey Reynolds began her academic career at London South Bank University after completing her PhD at the University of Greenwich. After nearly two decades at LSBU, where she was most recently acting head of the Weeks Centre for Social...
Issues That Bring 'Flying Faculty' Down to Earth
The life of so-called "flying faculty" may not sound so bad: jetting off to sunnier climes to deliver a few lectures, while staying in four-star hotels.But a new study finds that the experience of academics who travel overseas for short periods to teach...
John Staniforth, 1953-2015
A leading figure in the pharmaceutical sciences has died.John Staniforth was born on 2 October 1953 and educated at Lady Manners Grammar School in Bakewell, Derbyshire, before going on to a BSc (1972-75), which was followed by a PhD (1977-80) at Aston...
Letters
National examination would benefit medics"Are universities losing control of what they teach to medical students?" asks John Cookson ("Sleepwalking into a crisis", Opinion, 7 May). It is a legitimate question. However, his analysis omits some important...
Ministers Enjoy Network Effect
V-cs likely to welcome well-connected Jo Johnson as counter to home secretary. John Morgan writes Jo Johnson, the new universities and science minister, has "a hotline to the centre of government" but faces "battles ahead" with home secretary...
News in Brief
PublishingSpringer Nature is bornCompetition authorities have approved the merger of two major publishers. The European Union and the US Department of Justice have cleared the unification of Springer Science+Business Media with the majority of Macmillan...
Prepare Administrators for Mission to the Summit
Marketisation could make non-academic managers prime v-c material - but they'll need a strong skill set. Chris Havergal writes For many years, the top jobs in UK universities have typically been reserved largely for academics, with administrators...
QAA's Lips Are Sealed about Review's Critical Findings in Second Case
Details of another appeal kept secret despite promise to reveal information. Jack Grove reports The Quality Assurance Agency is to keep secret details of a successful appeal against critical findings on a second higher education institution...
Quick, to the Batmobile!
Superheroes enliven a study of the history of red tape and how it shapes our lives, says Fred Inglis The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of BureaucracyBy David GraeberMelville House, 268pp, £18.99 ISBN 9781612193748...
Room at the Top
Why are there so few women in the upper echelons of the academy? Research suggests that a combination of stereotyping, discrimination and an aversion to competition are to blame. Amanda Goodall and Margit Osterloh examine the evidence and suggest...
Sacked Bolton Academics Will Take Cases to Tribunal
Jennifer and Damien Markey's appeal was rejected by university last week. Chris Parr writes Two former employees of the University of Bolton, sacked for allegedly leaking information to the press, are to take their cases to an employment tribunal,...
Say It out Loud
Academics need to stand up for Europe and celebrate all the positives in higher education cooperation, says Anne Corbett My first serious involvement in Europe as a key political issue came in the late 1980s in Paris. Eking out a professional...
Staff Adrift over How to Handle Cyberbullying
A lack of preparation within universities is leaving staff unclear about how to deal with cyberbullying among students.This is according to research by Julie Luker, an EdD candidate at Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota, who surveyed 384 higher...
Stand by for Deeper Cuts, Higher Fees and a Battle over Europe
Sector's lobby of new Conservative government will focus on funding and EU. John Morgan reports Tuition fees are likely to rise above £9,000 to accompany spending cuts under the new Conservative government, senior figures in the sector have...
Stop-Gap Money for Postgrad Loans Is Shunned
Sixteen universities have turned down some or all of chancellor's allocations. Holly Else reports English universities have turned away more than £3.5 million in funding to support postgraduate students. The money was intended to help students...
Tales of Failed Whisky Diplomacy
The British statesman had a surprising interest in the affairs of Muslims, says Charles Townshend Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East By Warren Dockter I. B. Tauris, 376pp, £25.00 ISBN 9781780768182...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere This column was written as the final general election results came in, with David Cameron looking set to have secured a majority and five more years in 10 Downing Street.But what if you were to form...
The Storm in the Aftermath
How will universities fare during the Tories' defining second term - during which 'Cameronism' may, at last, fully reveal itself? Funding, Europe and immigration: they were the big three issues for higher education a week ago and remain the...
The Week in Higher Education
The election result is unlikely to have gone down well among academics, given the Times Higher Education pre-poll survey suggesting that most intended to vote Labour. But one philosophy lecturer took her disappointment a step further, according to The...
True-Life Tales from the Cinematic Battleground
Samantha Fuller's documentary pays tribute to the brash vigour of the films of her director father Sam, hero of the nouvelle vague and 'poet of the American idiom' A Fuller Life: The Story of a True American MaverickDirected by Samantha FullerStarring...
Unbundling V Package Deals
Coursera, the for-profit massive open online course platform, sent out a quarterly update recently. It now offers 1,026 courses through 119 partners. There are 25 categories: the biggest is the humanities with 186 courses. Just over a quarter of the...
We Shall Overcome - on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Queen's and Vanderbilt compare and contrast civil rights struggles. Matthew Reisz reports This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the turning points in the US civil rights movement: the Selma to Montgomery marches in support of voting...
World in Brief
CanadaSmaller slice of sector's revenue pie goes on salariesThe share of Canadian universities' spending allocated to academics' salaries fell between 2000 and 2013, challenging the argument that wages have helped drive up expenditure and tuition fees....
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