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Articles from No. 2201, April 30

Almost Half of Sector to Back Labour, THE Poll Suggests
As politicians court the students, our survey of employees reveals the views of a campus cohort with real impact. John Morgan reports Nearly half of UK higher education staff plan to vote Labour in the coming general election, while a fifth...
An Examined Life
John Williams' Stoner, a tale of quiet devotion to scholarship, seems all the more poignant in our relentless age, finds Rachel Carey Recently, almost 50 years after its original publication - but only two years after it became a best-seller...
Corruption Claim Hits Rio University
Commercial links are transparent, declares sector body. Donna Bowater in Rio de Janeiro writes Higher education groups in Brazil have denied that there is insufficient transparency in the relationships between public universities and private...
Doctoring the Doctorates
Is our vice-chancellor qualified for the job?This, of course, is a question that has been very much on the lips of everyone connected with this university for the entire duration of the present office holder's incumbency.But the familiar question has...
Donations to Universities Surge to £807M
The value of donations pledged to UK universities has increased by one-fifth over the past year, exceeding £800 million for the first time.The Council for Advancement and Support of Education Europe puts the total value of philanthropic gifts secured...
Don't Bore Us - Get to the Chorus
Researchers get top tips on framing research for journalists' short attention spans. Holly Else writes Seeing your research make the headlines can be a thrill for academics. It's a chance to show the world what academia can achieve and to...
Grant Winners
Royal Society/ British AcademyNewton International FellowshipsThese fellowships are given to non-UK early career postdoctoral researchers in the humanities, engineering and natural and social sciences to allow them to carry out research at UK institutions....
HE&me
Curt Rice is a professor in the department of languages and linguistics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (formerly the University of Tromsø) and a member of its board. He is founding director of the university's Center for Advanced Study...
In the Market for Fairness
Rising inequality can be addressed without taking to the barricades, Victoria Bateman suggests The Great DivideBy Joseph StiglitzPenguin, 464pp, £20.00ISBN 9780241202906Published 20 April 2015You've never had it so good." I would dare any...
Keep Squirrelling Away the Nuts
Our annual financial health check shows some institutions building healthy reserves, vital to deal with potential shocks from uncapped student recruitment and rocketing costs for research and staff. Chris Havergal and John Morgan pore over the...
Letters
Cuts have holed part-time studyIn the feature in which experts quizzed politicians about higher education policy ("Answers for everything", 23 April), the Green Party's Dave Cocozza refers to the scaling-back or closure of every continuing education...
Level Truths
Ahead of the general election, a staging of the 1647 Putney Debates poses inconvenient questions about political means and ends, says Liz Schafer Light Shining in BuckinghamshireBy Caryl ChurchillDirected by Lyndsey TurnerNational Theatre,...
Low Marks on an Essay? Try a Different Examiner
Academics asked to mark borderline 2:1 and 2:2 essays gave inconsistent grades. Jack Grove writes Undergraduates awarded low scores for their work may receive top marks if they are graded by another academic, a study suggests.As part of the...
Neil Armstrong, 1974-2015
A leading social and cultural historian of 19th- and 20th-century Britain has died.Neil Armstrong was born in Salisbury on 5 August 1974 and studied history and politics at the University of Huddersfield (1992-95). He then went on to the University of...
New EUA Head Will 'Speak Up' to Brussels
Incoming president of 850-strong European sector body keen to keep UK members, Holly Else hears The new president of the European University Association has vowed to "put a lot more pressure on Brussels" and to stand up to the European Commission...
News in Brief
Student votersGreens overtake Lib DemsThe Green Party has seen a surge in support among university students at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, according to a poll of 13,000 undergraduates. More than half the students surveyed said that they would...
None of the Above
Voting in this poll is more pointless than ever, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto I voted once. It was 1979, in UK parliamentary elections. Mrs Thatcher led the Conservatives. Most voters were reacting against the long period of economic chaos...
'Our Students Walk Away with All the Academic Prizes'
The degree results of NCH students make Anthony Grayling feel more vindicated than ever, Jack Grove hears Settling back on a chesterfield sofa at the £18,000-a-year New College of the Humanities, Anthony Grayling, the college's master, reflects...
Parliament's Uncertainty Principle
Post-poll higher education policy is even harder to call than the vote, senior figures tell John Morgan The UK's forthcoming general election has variously been described in the media as the most uncertain in years, since the 1970s, in decades,...
Red Ahead; Staying in the Black
Whatever the outcome of the election, strong financial leadership will be key both to the country and our universities From Bill Clinton's memorable electoral blueprint ("It's the economy, stupid") to George Osborne's dull update ("long-term...
REF Brings Anxiety to Those on 'Bottom Rung'
Early career researchers overwhelmingly feel that the research excellence framework has created "a huge amount of pressure and anxiety, which impacts particularly on those at the bottom rung of the career ladder".This is one of the findings of a survey...
Rewind Politics to Fast-Forward, Seminar Hears
Is the historical study of leading political thinkers just an "antiquarian" activity or can it open up new, even "emancipatory", possibilities for the present?That was the question under scrutiny at a seminar held at the British Academy last week.For...
Royalties Claim over Nazi's Words Raises Research Fears
Historians await judgment in legal battle over use of Goebbels' diaries. Matthew Reisz writes Historians have pointed to the dire implications for research of the royalties claim being brought by the heirs of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's minister...
Science and the Fame Game
Robyn Arianrhod welcomes an unsentimental study of the first woman to win a Nobel prize Making Marie Curie: Intellectual Property and Celebrity Culture in an Age of InformationBy Eva Hemmungs WirténUniversity of Chicago Press 248pp, £24.50...
Shit Happens
On the final straight of a marathon-like year it is all too easy to lose control, Carol Hay and John Kaag admit Finishing the academic year is often compared to finishing a marathon. There is something very right about this banal metaphor.The...
St Patrick's Can Recruit Again, Just Not Overseas
The government has given the green light for St Patrick's, the UK's biggest private college, to continue receiving public-backed funding, lifting its previous suspension and allowing it to recruit new students.However, in a separate development, the...
The Big Payback: PhD Loan Scheme 'May Not Be the Right Approach'
Study suggests that students do not want to add more debt to personal finances. Holly Else reports There is no evidence that the recently announced loan scheme for PhD students will widen participation in doctoral research, according to a...
The Political Is Personal
What drives a scholar to aspire to a career in politics? To find out, Jack Grove hits the campaign trail with one academic chasing a seat in Kent, and we hear from two other lecturers with sights set on Westminster The Green Party has never...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere "I guess it's fair to say that I'm a bit of nerd for higher education policy and that I have a more than normal level of interest in politics," Derfel Owen, director of academic services at University...
The Week in Higher Education
The 2015 general election campaign has seen the usual scrabbling around for any bit of celebrity endorsement the parties can muster. The Conservatives seem daily to wheel out a former New Labour-supporting business mogul, the Green Party's Caroline Lucas...
To Live and Die in Ancient Rome
A giant's rise and fall reveals the gap between discourse and reality, Barbara Graziosi finds Seneca: A LifeBy Emily WilsonAllen Lane, 272pp, £25.00ISBN 9781846146374 and 6381 (e-book) Published 5 March 2015Emily Wilson's brilliant - and troubling...
Unite to Fight for Common Goals, NUS President-Elect Tells Activists
Megan Dunn sets out priorities as she defends the right to occupy, writes Chris Havergal The next president of the National Union of Students has called on activists to stop squabbling over tactics as the organisation's support for the latest...
Wake-Up Call for UK as Giants Stir in the Global Student Market
We must move on from Westminster's mixed messages on transnational education before it's too late, argues Chris Cobb I have just returned from a conference in Baltimore, where the talk was about the sleeping giant of US internationalisation...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers Paul Greatrix, registrar at the University of Nottingham, is reading Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin (Penguin, 2000). "An early campus novel, this comic yet rather sad tale has a compelling...
Worker Bees Are Doing More for Less of the Honey
Henny Penny, the chicken in the children's tale who feared the sky was about to fall, would have a point if she were talking about US universities.We are, for the most part, operating with few full-time faculty who hold doctorates. Instead, we are exploiting...
World in Brief
United StatesRich get richer fasterThe 40 richest universities in the US are getting wealthier at a faster rate than other higher education institutions, according to a report by the Moody's Investors Service credit agency. The 10 richest universities...
Young Guns from Oz Pull Ahead of Pack
THE 100 Under 50 shows a dip in UK's strength in depth and Swiss on a roll. Ellie Bothwell writes Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne has topped the list of the world's 100 best universities under 50 years old for the first...
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