Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2136, January 23

A Marriage of Opposites
Robert Eaglestone finds an abundance of ideas in the latest work from a leading literary critic.The Antinomies of Realism By Fredric Jameson Verso, 432pp, Pounds 20.00 ISBN 9781781681336 and 81916 (e-book) Published 3 November 2013There are drawbacks...
Analysis - Do Watchdogs Need to Take a Closer Look?
David Matthews investigates whether QAA and ASA may be too reactive to spot iffier marketing claims.In 2012, Channel 4 was censured for overstepping the line in its advertising. In promoting a new series of its programme My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, it...
Anglo-Indian Ties Have Been 'Butchered' by May
UEA head blames home secretary for UK's first fall in international students. Chris Parr writes.Theresa May's policies as home secretary have "butchered" the UK's relationship with India and have led to the first-ever decline in overseas student numbers,...
A Peek at Australia's Petri Dish
What can the UK learn from the uncapped student numbers 'experiment' that is already in full swing Down Under?Explosive" is the word used by one vice-chancellor to describe this week's figures showing 2013 enrolment rates by individual university.We...
Appointments
The University of Reading has announced the appointment of two new pro vice-chancellors. Vincenzo Raimo will join as pro vice-chancellor for global engagement, and Robert Van de Noort will be the new pro vice- chancellor for academic planning and resource....
Are We Kidding Ourselves?
In theory, a year's maternity leave sounds great, but the entrepreneurial nature of a research academic's work means it can be difficult to put everything on ice, says Rebecca Braun. She knows, she tried.Ask an averagely ambitious female academic when...
Assignment of the Times: US Students Get Lessons in Love
Jon Marcus on the Boston lecturer who sets an old-fashioned date as coursework.When a male friend of Boston College undergraduate Erika Pena wanted to go out with her, he, like many modern twentysomethings, had no clue how to ask. So instead Ms Pena...
Booms and Busts Follow in the Wake of Big Bang
Ucas data on student acceptances point to new system's winners and losers. John Morgan writes.Some English universities have increased their student intake by up to 40 per cent since tuition fees were raised to Pounds 9,000, while a number of post-92...
Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity
Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity. By Melissa Aronczyk. Oxford University Press. 272pp, Pounds 64.00 and Pounds 16.99. ISBN 9780199752164 and 2171. Published 3 October 2013Melissa Aronczyk's book is not the first to explore...
Campus Close-Up - Cranfield University - Revved-Up Leader Fights for Sector's 'Second Cousins'
Head of postgraduate powerhouse wants to ensure doors are open to all, not the privileged alone. Chris Parr writes.The recent decline in the number of UK students taking postgraduate and part-time courses is a matter of huge concern for the university...
Conspiracy Claim in Employment Dispute
Department head insists complaints of 'bullying' were intended to force him out. Paul Jump reports.A head of department at Imperial College London has dismissed complaints made against him of bullying as a conspiracy to oust him from his position and...
Damn Lies and Prospectuses
"You're not suggesting that I deliberately colluded in a falsehood?"That was how Angela Topping, our Deputy Head of Prospectus Management, responded to the suggestion from reporter Keith Ponting (30) that the description of Poppleton in our current prospectus...
Digital Humanities 2.0
I could not agree more with Geoffrey Crossick that the arts and humanities are "way behind" the sciences in the open access debate ("Digital age of opportunity for the monograph", News, 16 January).Nevertheless, a lot has changed in the humanities. In...
From Where I Sit - A Chance to Make a Difference
Europe is in crisis. That is the official premise of the European Research Council's latest funding call for the social sciences and the humanities, "Europe in a changing world". The umbrella organisation is called Horizon 2020, and it will provide nearly...
Going beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web
Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web. By Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider. Facet Publishing, 192pp, Pounds 49.95. ISBN 9781856048385. Published 23 October 2013Studies show that the "invisible web", the internet's...
Grant Winners
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCHPublic Health Research programmeAward winner: Helen ElseyInstitution: University of LeedsValue: Pounds 464,761Understanding the impacts of care farms on health and well-being: a pilot study to inform the design of...
HE & Me
In December, Nick Wright, pro vice-chancellor for research and innovation at Newcastle University, was announced as chair of the executive management group for the N8 Research Partnership of universities in the north of England.Where and when were you...
High and Arbitrary Fees
Charging high fees for the right to reproduce photographs of out-of- copyright artworks in academic publications is, as Robin Simon has written in the British Art Journal, a "loathsome practice" that obstructs "not only scholarship but also wider familiarity...
Hitlerian Evolution
Your reviewer of my book Was Hitler a Darwinian? Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory (Books, 16 January) might well secure an appointment with her optometrist.She claims that Richards "defends Darwin and most (or indeed, all) serious...
Jobs Intelligence - It's Still All about Quality, but Now with Extra Dimensions
The head of the QAA tells Jack Grove what the agency is seeking in its new director of quality development.Not too long ago, higher education institutions overseen by the Quality Assurance Agency had fairly limited contact with it, often only a nervy...
Kick Up a Fuss and Reclaim Your Linguistic Property
Language subversion happens in surprisingly dissimilar sectors, discovers Emma Rees. But no group must be allowed to assume ownership of words.I grew up in an environment where football wasn't in the least bit important. But in 2008, I decided to become...
Leaders Need a Solid Inside Knowledge
Re "Leading question: scholar or executive?", News, 16 January. There is a myth that top executives from one field do well in another. For example, it was thought that stuffy engin-eers were ill-suited to the brave world of maintaining UK railways -...
Lifting the Cap: Can More Mean Better Too?
How has the uncapping of undergraduate student numbers changed Australia's higher education sector? With the UK sector set on a similar path, academics and senior figures Down Under reflect on the pros and cons of a shift to unfetter quantity while holding...
Marked Difference: Gripes about Assessment Grow as Fee Levels Rise
Increasingly litigious students are consequence of consumerist climate, says lawyer. Jack Grove writes.A greater number of students are challenging marks awarded to them by academics since the introduction of Pounds 9,000 fees, often using legal representation...
Measuring Up to Foreign Ideals
Authors emulating Western literature have created their own voice, says Robert Appelbaum.What Is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the CanonBy Ankhi MukherjeeStanford University Press296pp, Pounds 55.95ISBN 9780804785211 and 8380 (e-book)Published...
NCH Plans Could Mean New Owner
New College of the Humanities plots course for growth and more investment. John Morgan reports.The private "Oxbridge-style" institution set up by the philosopher A.C. Grayling could be sold to a new corporate buyer as it plans to expand student numbers...
News in Brief
United StatesStanford's Steele heads to BerkeleyA highly ranked university in California has poached a senior academic from one of its nearest rivals. It was announced last week that Claude Steele, a social psychologist and dean of Stanford University's...
Obituary - Reginald Foakes, 1923-2013
One of the leading Shakespearean scholars of his generation has died. Reginald Foakes was born in West Bromwich on 18 October 1923, educated at the local grammar school and went on to the University of Birmingham for his first degree, MA and PhD.He began...
PhD Scholarships Target Debt-Weary Graduates
The Leverhulme Trust is to launch a training scheme for new PhD students worth more than Pounds 10 million.The programme, which opens for applications in early March, will award 10 universities around Pounds 1 million each to fund 15 full-time three-year...
Pounds 105,000 Rise for Head as Staff Denied Living Wage
Salary shoots up for Sheffield v-c while UCU strikes over 1% pay offer. Jack Grove reports.A university leader has accepted a Pounds 105,000 pay rise despite resisting calls to implement the living wage for low-paid staff.According to published accounts,...
Put Your Name to It: Author Equity Impeded across the Boundaries
REF demands and disciplinary variations thwart fair allocation of authorship in multi-author, multinational teams, says Roger Jeffery.UK social scientists who work with scholars from the global South are encouraged by the Department for International...
Revolutionary Thought
Nicholas Maxwell urges the academy to become the world's 'virtual government', applying enquiry and intellect to our biggest problems.The crisis of our times is that we have science without wisdom. This is the crisis behind all the others.Science and...
Rousseau's Hand: The Crafting of a Writer
Rousseau's Hand: The Crafting of a Writer. By Angelica Goodden. Oxford University Press248pp, Pounds 55.00. ISBN 9780199683833. Published 31 October 2013Is writing an art or a craft? Should we regard writers as superior, inspired artists or as simple...
Small Things Preoccupy Great Minds: 'Nano Spat' Escalates
'Stripy nanoparticle' scholar hits back at new paper critiquing his data. Paul Jump reports.A continuing war of words over "stripy nanoparticles" has reached new levels of acrimony following the appearance of a paper savaging data purporting to prove...
The Feel-Bad Factor
Universities' zeal to address an ever-rising tide of student 'vulnerabilities' may do real harm, says Kathryn Ecclestone.Ten years ago, my ears pricked up when I heard a vice-chancellor tell staff that students admitted via his university's widening...
The Man Who Saw Today
Beset by turmoil, an inimitable critic wrote as if from the future. Joanna Hodge on a material force.Walter Benjamin: A Critical LifeBy Howard Eiland and Michael W. JenningsBelknap Press/Harvard University Press768pp, Pounds 25.00ISBN 9780674051867Published...
There's Not Enough Enterprise among France's Graduates
The government is pressing universities to do more to make young people employable, but not everyone welcomes the effort. Clea Caulcutt reports.The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research is trying to bridge the gap between universities and...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.In addition to their university work, many academics hold positions at peer-reviewed journals, and Dan Graur, professor of biology and biochemistry at the University of Houston, is no different.During his time...
The Week in Higher Education
- Vice-chancellors in the UK often look enviously across the pond at the pay awarded to their US peers. But they might be less enamoured with the conditions foisted on Gwendolyn Boyd when she became the first female president of Alabama State University....
Wellsprings Fed by Walden Pond
Humanities' value reiterated via eminent scholars' paeans to timeless works. Matthew Reisz writes.An American journal has set out to define "what humanists do" by asking leading academics to reflect on the texts that "inspired and continue to inspire...
We Teach. They Learn?
Alan Ryan laments the limits of the tools available to truly educate his students.Girding my loins for my final semester of teaching, my inclinations are more than usually at odds with reality. Realistically, I assume I shall give 24 lectures on the...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Jonathan Eaton, higher education research coordinator, Newcastle College, is reading Ronald Hutton's Pagan Britain (Yale University Press, 2013). "This magisterial synthesis of archaeology, history,...
Willetts' Special Adviser: To Be or Not to Be?
David Willetts has been without a special adviser for more than a month after a wrangle with No 10 that could deprive him of such a post permanently.Ryan Shorthouse, director of the Conservative modernising group Bright Blue, of which Mr Willetts is...
Working Loose the Ties That Bind
Violence, accident and luck have all made this young federal union, says Donald MacRaild.Acts of Union and Disunion: What has Held the UK Together and What is Dividing it?By Linda ColleyProfile, 192pp, Pounds 8.99ISBN 9781781251850Published 9 January...
Writing Faith and Telling Tales: Literature, Politics, and Religion in the Work of Thomas More
Writing Faith and Telling Tales: Literature, Politics, and Religion in the Work of Thomas More. By Thomas Betteridge. University of Notre Dame Press. 272pp, Pounds 29.95 ISBN 9780268022396 and 075941 (e-book). Published 29 November 2013I must begin with...
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