Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2262, July 7

'Associated Country?' How Might the UK Join the EU Research System Post-Brexit?
What the UK can learn from examples of non-EU nations in Horizon 2020. John Morgan and Ellie Bothwell report After the Brexit vote, Universities UK's board immediately set a priority of lobbying the Westminster government to negotiate "associated...
Because You're Worth It
Our Deputy Head of Student Experience, Nancy Harbinger, has responded positively to the news that 50,000 recent UK graduates are now working in non-graduate occupations."Obviously," admitted Ms Harbinger, "it will be something of a disappointment for...
Continental Aftershocks
We need quick agreements to mitigate the damage that UK exit will have on European academy, argues Bernd Huber The decision of the UK to leave the European Union affects Europe in many different areas, ranging from foreign policy to trade...
Degrees of Difference Visible in US Voters
As in the UK, graduates' and non-graduates' political views vary greatly. Jon Marcus reports In the pantheon of pause-inducing Trumpisms, Donald Trump's pronouncement after sweeping the primary caucuses in the state of Nevada on his way to...
EU Scholars Might Pay a High Price to Join UK HE Post-Brexit
Rising immigration-related costs and lack of employer support send an unwelcoming message to international staff, says Jason Danely Like many of my colleagues, I am still reeling from the European Union referendum result, unsure of what it...
Full Classes Could Mean Full Pockets
Bolton offers academics cash for hitting recruitment targets. Chris Havergal writes Senior academics at a post-92 university are being offered cash rewards potentially worth thousands of pounds if their courses meet or exceed recruitment targets.The...
Gillett Griffin, 1928-2016
A leading curator of ancient American art has died.Gillett Griffin was born in Brooklyn, New York on 22 June 1928 and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut before going to Yale University School of Art for a degree in painting and graphic design (1951).It...
Goodwill Hunting
Universities are interdependent and rely on each other for external markers, assessors and collaborators. But when academics' own time is under increasing pressure, how can they take on these burdensome and undervalued tasks? Three professors...
Grant Winners
Arts and Humanities Research CouncilResearch grantsAward winner: Elaine HobbyInstitution: Loughborough UniversityValue: £752,247Editing Aphra Behn in the digital age (E-ABIDA)Award winner: Catherine BoyleInstitution: King's College LondonValue: £2,898,430Language...
Growing Numbers of UK Academics Face EU Funding Worries
Post-Brexit, some foreign scientists spurn UK job offers. David Matthews and John Morgan report Growing numbers of UK researchers say that their applications for European Union research funding are in doubt after the Brexit vote, while there...
HE&me
Mike Tipping is an expert in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence and big data. From 2013 to 2015, he was director of science at Featurespace, a Cambridge-based start-up that pioneered "adaptive behavioural analytics", a...
Letters
Healing the woundsSince the referendum, we have experienced confusion and division. This is political, but it is also an emotional and psychological process. A split between facts and emotion is part of what characterised the campaign, and it would be...
Lower Continental Recruitment 'Could Force Master's Courses to Close'
Many taught postgraduate courses at UK universities could become unviable in the wake of the country's exit from the European Union, sector leaders have warned.Non-UK EU nationals represented 6.4 per cent of all full-time taught students at British universities...
Muddying the Waters
Academics in the humanities seem to have made it their mission to communicate in the most obscure fashion, says Zachary Foster Good writers are often fooled by the lure of plain English. Most academics in the humanities are not duped so easily,...
On Rising to Our Noble Calling
Andrew Robinson on an eloquent exposition of what it means to be a modern university teacher Academic Diary: Or Why Higher Education Still MattersBy Les BackGoldsmiths Press, 272pp, £9.95ISBN 9781906897581Published 29 April 2016At first glance...
Our New Mission: Reconnect
Universities have to re-establish their relevance to 'real people'. Fortunately, they are ideally placed to do so Trust me, I don't have a doctorate." As maxims go, it may not be one for the departmental pinboard. But these are worrying times...
Putting the Brain in Its Place
There's a strong political current running through a bold study skewering myths, says Louise Whiteley Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds?By Hilary Rose and Steven Rose Polity, 176pp, £35.00 and £9.99 ISBN 9780745689319 and 9326 Published 24...
Rights, Wrongs and the Key of Life
Knowledge of our genetic code can be used for good as well as ill, Charalambos Kyriacou says The Gene: An Intimate HistoryBy Siddhartha MukherjeeBodley Head, 608pp, £25.00ISBN 9781847922632Published 2 June 2016In 1983, a 76-year-old woman...
Shelf Life
Rupa HuqWhat books or authors meant most to your younger self?As a child, I remember being given a Famous Five book by an elderly neighbour as a Christmas present. As someone of immigrant stock, my parents were not arbiters of what I read, and didn't...
The Stars Are Still Aligned
Universities have a European union far older than many nation states. We must not lose sight of that in the aftermath of Brexit, says Howard Hotson Up and down the UK, academics have spent the past fortnight spinning through cycles of shock,...
The Week in Higher Education
Machiavellian plotting is par for the course in post-Brexit UK politics, but the actions of one Australian vice-chancellor may eclipse even the murky manoeuvres of Westminster MPs. According to a report by a state corruption watchdog, Murdoch University...
They Gave Us Eyes to See Forever
Marcus Chown on the individuals and theories that expanded our view of the universe Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the CosmosBy Priyamvada NatarajanYale University Press, 288pp, £16.99ISBN 9780300204414Published...
UK Partnerships with Europe Face 'Huge Problem'
Continental leaders ponder cross-border logistics with UK out of EU, Ellie Bothwell writes Collaborations between universities in the UK and the rest of Europe face a "huge problem" following the vote for the UK to leave the European Union,...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers Julia Brannen, professor of the sociology of the family, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, is reading David Clark's Victor Grayson: The Man and the Mystery (Quartet,...
What Next for Experts after Leave Victory?
Triumph for a side with an anti-intellectual streak has forced many to reflect. David Matthews writes Just over a week before the UK's referendum on European Union membership, Paul Whiteley, a professor in the University of Essex's department...
World in Brief
United StatesAffirmative action rulingThe US Supreme Court has upheld the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions. Parts of the decision in the case, brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman rejected...
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