Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2072, October 18

Administrative Errors
My late colleague John (Jackie) McKie hit the headlines "toasting" the Queen during the latter's visit to Stirling in 1972, yet it would be a pity if that incident were to constitute his sole epitaph. Jackie, whose family name is less rhymingly memorable...
Affluent Neighbours Obscure True Number of Poor Put off by Fees
Experts say many young people deterred by fear of debt are missed by Polar data. Jack Grove reports.The near tripling of tuition fees may be deterring many more potential students from poor families than official data suggest because of flaws in the...
Alumni Learning a Serious Business
Global survey shows how alma maters can connect with MBA crowd. David Matthews reports.Offering free online education is the best way for universities to keep in touch with former students and improve the "alumni experience", according to an international...
A Necessary Monster
As long as Ian Brady lives, he serves a useful function for society, argues Lisa Downing - as a convenient cultural repository for evil.As I write this piece, doctors are struggling to keep serial killer Ian Brady alive. For more than 10 years, the "Moors...
Appointments
Leeds Metropolitan UniversityMichelle BriggsAn academic whose research focuses on pain management and has the overall aim of improving patients' ability to cope with pain has joined Leeds Metropolitan University as professor of nursing in the School...
Believing Is Not Always Seeing
Do religious adherents need sociology's help to defend themselves? Steve Fuller has his doubts.The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being ReasonableBy Robert WuthnowUniversity of California Press344pp, Pounds 24.95ISBN 9780520274280Published 7 September...
Campus Round-Up
Nottingham Trent UniversityFranklin my dear, we give a damnFertility specialist and television presenter Lord Winston has opened a multimillion-pound science facility named in honour of Rosalind Franklin, the British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer...
Capital Idea, but We'll Be Buried If the Market Crashes
Dissenters raise concerns over Cambridge bond issue's property element. John Morgan reports.The University of Cambridge's Pounds 350 million bond issue, intended to help finance a major housing and research development, has prompted concern about the...
Cash for Quantitative and Qualitative Change
A Pounds 15.5 million fund aimed at promoting the teaching of quantitative social science has been unveiled.Departments or groups of departments will be able to bid for up to Pounds 350,000 a year over the next five years to establish one of up to 15...
Chile's Private 'Success' Is Not a Model for You to Follow
Elizabeth Gibney meets the left-wing Chilean youth leader with a message for European students.Camila Vallejo has come to the UK to deliver its students a message: learn from what privatisation did to higher education in Chile or your universities will...
Decimation Explanation: Theories Expounded for Colleges' Shortfall
Conference considers reasons for 10 per cent drop in HE in FE numbers. David Matthews writes.Some universities have dropped their entrance grades so substantially this year in order to fill places that they are accepting students who would otherwise...
Declining Investment Could Trigger Irreversible Loss of British Prestige
Russell Group chair issues warning over threat to 'hard-won eminence'. John Morgan reports.Universities in the UK worry that their global position will be irrevocably eroded as a result of underinvestment, the chair of the Russell Group is to tell a...
Empires and Allies
The UK sector's growing involvement in offshore education includes everything from branch campuses and institutional partnerships to validation and franchising. David Matthews weighs the different models' risks, rewards and rationales.British universities...
European Mobility Plans 'Not Radical Enough'
Proposals to increase the number of British students heading to continental Europe to study are too modest, a House of Lords debate has heard.Lord Giddens of Southgate, former director of the London School of Economics, said he was disappointed by the...
For Vocational Holes, a Bit of Poly May Be the Right Filler
MP and historian Tristram Hunt tells John Morgan about reviving lost skills and improving teaching.The "polytechnic brand" should be revived in higher education to recover skills lost to the UK economy when the polytechnics became universities, according...
Friend or Foe? Sector Awaits the Sharp End in US Poll
Will Obama-Romney race end in higher education cuts regardless of victor? Elizabeth Gibney writes.After months of mud-slinging, gaffes and the plastering of campaign ads across every swing state, the US presidential election is heading into the final...
From Where I Sit - Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
I first met Zhao Jing when interviewing her two years ago. I was part of a panel evaluating her application to enter graduate study at Fudan University without sitting the entrance examination. She was polite, gentle, petite and not obviously athletic....
Global Outrage over Suspension
Chomsky among those decrying the removal of a Manchester Met professor. Jack Grove writes.Noam Chomsky has joined an international campaign to reinstate a psychology professor suspended for alleged "gross misconduct".Professor Chomsky, emeritus professor...
Grant Winners
ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCHResearch grantsAward winner: Cathy HillInstitution: University of SouthamptonValue: Pounds 199,752Down's syndrome and obstructive sleep apnoea: better screening might stop unnecessary sufferingAward winner: Erol GaillardInstitution:...
Hands and Minds
First-rate vocational training is more essential than ever, says Sally Feldman.England has got technical education wrong for 150 years," wrote Lord Baker of Dorking in The Times earlier this month. He should know, since he was education secretary from...
Hey, Torpid Teacher Training Colleges, Leave Those Kids Alone
Roehampton director calls for bonfire of providers with a sense of entitlement. John Elmes reports.The newly appointed head of a UK university's education school has said that there are too many teacher training providers in the sector and that instruction...
International Students like to Be Where Someone Knows Their Name
Family ties are a big influence on which location people choose for study. Julie Hare reports.Family connections are emerging as among the most potent factors influencing international students' choice of destination, research has found.According to...
In Treatment, State and System
An exploration of the 'Persian psyche' challenges Western preconceptions, finds Shahidha Bari.Doing Psychoanalysis in TehranBy Gohar HomayounpourMIT Press, 176pp, Pounds 13.95ISBN 9780262017923Published 26 October 2012Elegantly sleek and severe, the...
News in Brief
United StatesTake a hike? Have 21The head of a US higher education system has had to backtrack after he "mistakenly" ordered 21 salary increases for system executives without the board's approval. Robert A. Kennedy, president of the Connecticut State...
Nice Publicity, Shame about the Pedagogy
Take Mooc claims with a pinch of salt, manager advises technology conference. Chris Parr reports.The proliferation of massive open online courses (Moocs) is spreading "lousy pedagogy" and doing damage to the image of online learning, the chief information...
Obituary - Rob Ball, 1945-2012
A pioneering researcher in public-sector management who spent more than 40 years at the University of Stirling has died.Rob Ball was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire on 12 September 1945. He studied physics at Balliol College, Oxford before taking...
'Of' Is off - Official
"This really is the big one!"That was how Roger Placement, our Deputy Director of Logo Development, described the fundamental shift in university nomenclature that will be introduced to all our branding material from next term. This dramatic development...
Pack a Moral Compass When Branching out or Risk Losing Your Way
Bruce Macfarlane asks UK universities involved in the overseas gold rush: what price profit if you abandon your values?I recently attended a British Council forum in Hong Kong where senior representatives from UK universities talked about their operations...
Put Bursary Funds in Pupils' Pockets to Improve Access, Milburn Says
Universities should take millions of pounds set aside for bursaries and tuition-fee discounts for poor students and use it to fund a new education allowance for teenagers, a report says.The study by Alan Milburn, the government's social mobility adviser,...
Quantitative Easing
The UK's data-skills gap must be filled for the good of the social sciences and society at large, argues Ian Diamond.One of the pillars of world-class UK social science has been its empirical research. Social scientists have used innovative data-collection...
Rash Arguments for an Ivy League Future
Terence Kealey's argument that because of the prestige of the US Ivy League institutions, our most selective universities should emulate them by forswearing direct state funding for teaching is wrong, muddled and dangerous ("Declaration of independence",...
Research Intelligence - for Answers, They May Need Some Time
The head of a study of a subglacial Antarctic lake tells Elizabeth Gibney of the need for the long view.Martin Siegert spent much of last month getting very cold and very wet as he practised abseiling, learned how to survive a whiteout and honed his...
Righting Past Prejudice Heaps Up Problems for the Present
South Africa reaches 'tipping point on unbalanced affirmative action'. David Matthews reports.A Nobel-prizewinning architect of apartheid's demise and one of South Africa's longest-serving vice-chancellors have spoken out about what they see as political...
Romantic Things: A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud
Romantic Things: A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud. By Mary Jacobus. University of Chicago Press. 240pp, Pounds 29.00. ISBN 9780226390666. Published 10 September 2012This book is not only about William Wordsworth, it is also about John Clare, Hugo von Hofmannsthal,...
Seals Culled: Symbolic Shift Signals Rise of the Market
But losing the owls from university brands may not be such a wise move. Matthew Reisz reports.The decline of wise owls and open books as university emblems has more than symbolic significance, a leading researcher on globalisation has argued.It was while...
Story Ark of Self-Reliance Rises above the Realist Tide
Duncan Wu admires (with some caveats) a synecdochal exploration of family, loss and the end times' bitter waters.Beasts of the Southern WildDirected by Benh ZeitlinStarring Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight HenryReleased in the UK on 19 OctoberWe didn't have...
The Dracula Dilemma: Tourism, Identity and the State in Romania
The Dracula Dilemma: Tourism, Identity and the State in RomaniaBy Duncan Light. Ashgate, 208pp, Pounds 55.00. ISBN 9781409440215. Published 1 July 2012How to establish a serious national tourist agenda when the most famous person associated with your...
The Making of Modern Liberalism
The Making of Modern Liberalism. By Alan Ryan. Princeton University Press. 736pp, Pounds 27.95. ISBN 9780691148403. Published 3 September 2012A glance at this book's index is enough to confirm that Alan Ryan's approach to this vast subject is essentially...
There and Back Again: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Origins of the Hobbit
There and Back Again: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Origins of the Hobbit. By Mark Atherton. I.B. Tauris, 288pp, Pounds 20.00. ISBN 9781780762463. Published 12 September 2012Like the road in Bilbo Baggins' song, the Tolkien industry goes ever on. No self-respecting...
The Rocky Road to Damascus
Christina Hellmich ponders how a young, popular reformist was transformed into a brutal tyrant.Syria: The Fall of the House of AssadBy David W. LeschYale University Press, 256pp, Pounds 18.99ISBN 9780300186512Published 30 August 2012It wasn't supposed...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.Do you tweet? Or blog? How should you react if your online musings put someone's nose out of joint, particularly if it is an academic who is less enamoured of the idea of public online discussion than you?Kathleen...
The Week in Higher Education
- A Guardian feature on the Conservative Party conference trumpeted the "return of the Nasty Party" on 11 October. One anonymous delegate told the newspaper that he might leave the party over David Cameron's support for gay marriage and declared himself...
Unfair Comparisons
Having recently observed at close hand the stress placed upon one student studying the International Baccalaureate and seeking admission to a University of Cambridge college, I would advise state-school pupils to stick to A levels if they want to go...
Unknown Half-Life of Fees Fallout
With the first cohort of Pounds 9K students settling in, there is still no clear idea about how cost is affecting numbers and teaching.Under grey, drizzly skies that mirrored some of their moods, first- year students spoke frankly about the impact of...
USC Aims to Reap What Fees Rise Has Sown
A leading US university has seen a "stupendous" increase in interest from UK students since the hike in tuition fees introduced by the coalition government.Katharine Harrington, vice-president of admissions and planning at the University of Southern...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Laurence Coupe, senior lecturer in English, Manchester Metropolitan University, is reading Peter Barry's Literature in Contexts (Manchester University Press, 2007). "The author challenges a prevailing...
'What Can You Do? We Are Just the Puppets'
As the first undergraduates subject to England's new higher fees regime acclimatise to campus life, Chris Parr talks to freshers across the capital about their reasons for going to university, how they are financing their studies and how they feel about...
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