Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2074, November 1

'All Should Be Welcome' on Higher Rungs of the Ladder
Procedures must change to improve women's options, says Brunel's new head. Jack Grove writes.Universities should change their promotion procedures to ensure that more women are considered for the sector's top jobs, the new vice- chancellor of Brunel...
Appointments
King's College LondonEvelyn WelchAn award-winning historian has been appointed vice-principal (arts and sciences) at King's College London. Evelyn Welch joins the college from Queen Mary, University of London, where she has been vice-principal for research...
Blog-Standard Turn-Offs for Social Media Neophytes
But tailored training can boost take-up among scholars at all levels, researcher tells Chris Parr.The development of academics' digital and social media skills is being hampered by poorly pitched and inappropriate training methods, according to a University...
Brighter and Better
We aim to help all our students progress, says Malcolm Gillies.Young? Gifted? Foreign? Bugger Orf!" So screamed the cover of last week's issue of The Economist, in support of its headline "The Tories' barmiest policy". Upping the rhetoric from its leader...
Campus Round-Up
Imperial College LondonFrom a tickle to a streamThe number of children admitted to hospital for throat infections has soared because of changes to out-of-hours care from family doctors, a report has revealed. Scientists at Imperial College London found...
Cause Celebre Scholar Queried Met Managers
A psychology professor suspended after criticising university managers is to face a disciplinary hearing for alleged "gross misconduct".Times Higher Education understands that Ian Parker, professor of psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University,...
Chairman's Little Red Book of Blood
It's not too early to tell who is to blame for the unnecessary death of millions, says Kerry Brown.Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao's Great Famine By Yang Jisheng Allen Lane, 656pp, Pounds 30.00 ISBN 9781846145186 and 9780141972855 Published 1 November...
College Loses Designations over 'Registration Malpractice' to Gain Funding
A for-profit college deliberately registered students on courses they did not wish to study, helping it to access around Pounds 750,000 of tuition fee payments backed by the taxpayer, according to the government.In the wake of revelations regarding Guildhall...
'Copy BT Model' for Privatisation
Telecoms monopoly break-up offers lessons for higher education, says college. John Morgan writes.The privatisation of the UK telecoms industry "provides a useful model for the growth of higher education" in showing that monopolies can be broken to benefit...
Crying Woolf
"I've never heard of vacillating sexual identity. I was simply following orders."That was how our Head of Campus Security, Brigadier T.W. Trouncing, responded to critics of his decision to interrupt Professor F.R. Beavis during his second-year lecture...
Delusions & Grandeur
Genius and madness may be two sides of the same coin and both states exhibit 'out-of-the-box' thinking. Such unusual thought patterns are key to creativity but can also lead reason astray. Glenn Wilson takes a look at the psychology of minds at the margins."Great...
Desire, Discipline, Disgust and That Dreaded Three-Letter Word
XXX meets XXL: Matthew Reisz on researchers getting the measure of sexuality and body size.Two early career researchers from Middlesex University are putting together an edited volume on "sex and the fat body" that is likely to include papers on everything...
Dunluce Castle: History and Archaeology
Dunluce Castle: History and Archaeology. By Colin Breen. Four Courts Press. 272pp, Pounds 35.00 and Pounds 17.50. ISBN 9781846823312 and 3732. Published 27 July 2012These are exciting times for Irish archaeology. Investigation into sites, buildings and...
Elite Embittered as Hefce Decides to Not Risk Calling Time on Audits
Funding chiefs shy away from White Paper plans for 'light-touch' regulation. John Morgan reports.The Russell Group is "disappointed" that there will be no major changes to the sector's quality assurance regime after the Higher Education Funding Council...
Firm Chose Haven, Let's Give It Hell
Paper calls for boycott if publisher does not pay UK tax 'lost' after Swiss move. Paul Jump reports.Academics should boycott Taylor & Francis Group journals if its parent company does not pay the money lost to the UK Exchequer when it moved to a...
From Where I Sit - Bologna Tasters Enter US Menus
"What do US higher education people think about the Bologna Process?" a university rector asked me at last month's Eurasian Higher Education Leaders' Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan. Resisting the urge to reply with flippancies like "most of them think it...
Grant Winners
ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCHResearch grantsAward winner: Emyr Lloyd-EvansInstitution: Cardiff UniversityValue: Pounds 173,809Developing treatments for the rare genetic disorder Smith-Lemil-Opitz syndromeAward winner: Ryan DonnellyInstitution: Queen's University...
How Publishers Feather Their Nests on Open Access to Public Money
Not a peep from Finch as scholarly journal firms fly off to tax havens and grow ever more profitable. Simon Lilley does the sorry sums.The debate over open access to research has dominated headlines in Times Higher Education and elsewhere. But despite...
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956. By Anne Applebaum. Allen Lane, 656pp, Pounds 25.00. ISBN 9780713998689. Published 4 October 2012A doorstop of a book from Allen Lane can be a daunting prospect. But, having read Anne Applebaum's...
Islamic Liberal Arts Past Seen as Key to Regional Revival
Arab Spring nations must look back to advance, conference hears. Jack Grove reports from Madrid.Universities in Arab Spring countries need to revive a once-great tradition of liberal arts education if they are to prosper, an international conference...
It Ain't Half Shakespeare, Mum
The story of a black actor on the Victorian stage raises questions about race and racism in today's theatre, argues Peter J.Smith.Red Velvet By Lolita Chakrabarti Starring Adrian Lester Tricycle Theatre, London Until 24 NovemberA new play prompts intriguing...
More Help for Depression, Less Help for Despots: OIA
Mental health, plagiarism, GaddafiPhD on agenda at complaint resolution forum. Jack Grove writes.Universities are not doing enough to help students with mental health problems when they face difficulties, the head of the sector's ombudsman has claimed.Rob...
News in Brief
EU fundingDon't cut here, say award-winnersAn open letter from 42 Nobel laureates and five Fields medallists has warned governments in the European Union against cutting the organisation's future research budget. The letter, addressed to heads of government...
Nothing Sanitary, It's Just Business
Alison Bashford applauds a magisterial study of scarily relevant bioeconomic history.Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread DiseaseBy Mark HarrisonYale University Press, 416pp, Pounds 25.00ISBN 9780300123579Published 20 September 2012Mark Harrison's medical...
Obituary - Dave Allen, 1949-2012
A leading commentator on European integration, UK and European foreign policy and the role of Britain in Europe has died.Dave Allen was born in Surbiton, Surrey, on 1 February 1949. He took an undergraduate degree in politics and international relations...
Off Piste - the Sea, the Sea
A childhood spent near the coast sparked Frances Ashcroft's lifelong passion for biology. It also meant she caught the sailing bug early on, and she has been captivated - and frequently capsized - ever since.I caught sea fever as a child. Growing up...
Open to Question
OERs are touted as the answer to all manner of global ills, but much work is needed before they fulfil the promise, writes Jeremy Knox.Open educational resources are huge news in the world of higher education, and are at the helm of a burgeoning open...
Oxford Admissions Rouse Passion as Two Tribes War over 'Unfairness'
Privilege and discrimination: what better topics for a frenzied debate? John Morgan listened in.You might be surprised to hear the principal of a University of Oxford college speaking at the Oxford Union in support of a motion maintaining that the institution's...
People, Let's Get This Straight Now
The man-woman pairing displaced other well-established forms of bonding, finds Robert Mills.The Invention of Heterosexual CultureBy Louis-Georges TinMIT Press, 208pp, Pounds 15.95ISBN 9780262017701Published 12 October 2012At one time, believe it or not,...
Picturing Reform in Victorian Britain
Picturing Reform in Victorian Britain. By Janice Carlisle. Cambridge University Press. 290pp, Pounds 60.00. ISBN 9780521868365. Published 1 June 2012What is the use," asks Alice at the opening of her Adventures in Wonderland, "of a book without pictures...
Presidential Candidates Shift towards the Middle Ground
Romney's and Obama's positions on education converge as election nears. Jon Marcus writes.With just days before the US presidential election, it appears that higher education has joined the list of issues on which the candidates are drifting closer together...
Proportion of Academics with PhDs Is 'Low'
Analysis of doctorates prompts concerns over adequacy of scholars' training, reports Jack Grove.Questions have been raised about whether many scholars are "little or no better qualified than those they are teaching" following an analysis of the latest...
Reach for the Stars
The REF is coming and many institutions are looking to poach premier league researchers to boost their scores (and income) before it is too late. Elizabeth Gibney takes a closer look at the recruitment 'feeding frenzy'.The multimillion-pound process...
Spare the Special Pleading
It is perhaps unsurprising that Vikesh Kakad, president of the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association, and John Smart, chairman of the Pharmacy Schools Council, fear the spectre of an increase in the number of students studying pharmacy in the...
Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party
Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party. Edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost. University of California Press. 312pp, Pounds 48.95 and Pounds 19.95. ISBN 9780520274228 and 4235. Published 24 August 2012Since the 2008 election of Democrat...
Students Fight EU Loan Plan
Guarantee scheme will aid banks, not us, insists European Student Union. Matthew Reisz reports.The European Student Union (ESU) has come out strongly against the European Commission's proposed loan guarantee facility for mobile master's students, describing...
Suitable Address
Casual wear is not inimical to seriousness, Sue Norton says, but formal titles do have their pedagogical merits.Not long ago, I watched a current affairs talk show on which a member of the Irish parliament argued against a dress code for him and his...
Survival Skills Tested in the Canadian Wilderness
A different approach to undergraduate study at the private Quest University is thriving, finds Erin Millar.They spread out along the riverbank in groups of four or five, gathering information about a proposed run-of-river hydroelectric project. One group...
Teaching Intelligence - This Game Is Wide Open
If Moocs are the future of learning, they're still not without precedents or pitfalls, reports Tom Barfield.Depending on who you believe, massive open online courses (Moocs) are variously the bright future of university education, its onrushing nemesis,...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere."One of the things that academic authors get very vexed about is the title of their book. They also often get very concerned about what goes on the cover," declares Pat Thomson, professor of education at the...
The Week in Higher Education
While the furore over Jimmy Savile continues to rage at the BBC, The Guardian's Hugh Muir questioned why St Mary's University College, Twickenham has "not seen fit" to remove the priest Laurence Soper from its list of honorary fellows. Writing on 24...
To Soar like Airbus, Craft a High-Flying Network
Universities should emulate the aircraft manufacturer Airbus in forming alliances in which partner institutions provide a single specialised element of a student's education rather than trying to offer a complete academic experience in one place.That...
Universal Lesson to Be Learned
In the high fees era, debates about teaching qualifications will be just as pointed in the lecture hall as in the classroom.Consecutive items on BBC Radio 4's Today programme last week offered an amusing reminder of the gulf that can exist between debates...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Roger Brown, professor of higher education management at Liverpool Hope University, is reading Colin Crouch's The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism (Polity, 2011). "Crouch asks why neoliberalism...
When Does a Data Stream Become a Tsunami?
Could society be placing too much reliance on the quantity of information at its disposal when it should be equally focused on its accuracy?That is one of the key questions that will be asked by Harvey Goldstein, professor of social statistics at the...
Willetts Hands-On in the Speech That Never Was
David Willetts put science and future technology at the heart of his vision of markets created by "strong and effective government" - in a speech that was never delivered.The universities and science minister had been scheduled to give the annual J.D....
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