Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2137, January 30

An FoI Officer's Lot: No Simple Questions or Easy Answers
Lack of time, money and clarity on legal implications all affect the sector's ability to answer information requests, says Paul Gibbons.In a recent leader, Times Higher Education's editor, John Gill, complained that universities' attitudes towards requests...
Appointments
Francesco Rubino has been appointed professor of metabolic surgery at King's College London and King's College Hospital, part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. The chair is said to be the world's first in the discipline.The University...
Campus Close-Up
Southampton Solent UniversityCreative industries fuel 'engine room' for growthHolly Else discovers innovation in creative disciplines, high student employability and wide participationIt is almost a decade since the former Southampton Institute of Higher...
'Catch-22' for PhD Hopefuls as Master's Degree Fund Dries Up
Many will struggle to afford postgraduate study after cut to studentships. Holly Else reports.Research councils may eventually have to "rethink" the requirement for PhD candidates to have a master's degree if the number of studentships available for...
Concern over Tacit Conflicts of Interest in Peer Reviews
Academic alleges 'process problem' with trust-based system at PLoS ONE. Paul Jump reports.The peer review system of the world's largest journal could be subject to widespread abuse by authors, editors and reviewers who fail to declare conflicts of interest,...
Continental Drift: Europe's Young Scientists Least Hopeful for Future
Global survey of early career researchers reveals Europeans' concern over jobs, writes Holly Else.An international survey has found that scholars in Europe are the least confident of finding a permanent research or teaching position.The report, The Global...
Convergence and Drift
Post-war history from East and West perspectives creates vivid impressions for Roger Morgan.Goodbye to All That? The Story of Europe since 1945By Dan StoneOxford University Press416pp, Pounds 25.00ISBN 9780199697717Published 14 January 2014As an A-level...
Don't Sweat It
Libby Hackett asks why Australians aren't worried by a rise in loans since student numbers were freed and considers lessons for the UK.When you step off the plane in Australia, after you adjust your eyes to the bright golden orb in the sky, you can't...
Facts Behind the Numbers
As any good undergraduate journalism or public relations student knows, there are lies, damn lies and statistics.The article "Booms and busts follow in the wake of big bang" (23 January) on full-time UK institutional student acceptances used a broad...
Follow the Leader: Productive Head Drives Others to Raise Their Game
Quality of papers rises in units led by strong researchers, study claims. Paul Jump writes.Heads of department who demand four stellar papers from their juniors for the research excellence framework without having any of their own to offer are often...
From Where I Sit - No Retreating to Little England
I was an early reader. Let me be precise: I was an early reader of the Treaty of Rome. It was the 1960s and I was in my first job. I was told to write a paper on the policy implications of the Treaty of Rome for what was then a British industry giant....
Get Me out, Say a Third of Staff
THE workplace survey reveals discontent and fears over security of employment. Chris Parr writes.Nearly a third of university employees are looking to leave their current job, and a similar proportion feel insecure in their employment, an in-depth analysis...
Go8 Wants Fees on High Return Courses Uncapped
Australia's top universities have asked to be freed from price capping for courses with the highest graduate-earning premium.The Group of Eight made the request in its submission to the Australian government's review of its demand-driven undergraduate...
Grant Winners
ROYAL SOCIETYUniversity Research FellowshipsAward winner: Pascal-Antoine ChristinInstitution: University of SheffieldValue: Pounds 451,518Fine-scale genetics of large-scale evolutionary innovationAward winner: Simone De LiberatoInstitution: University...
Hawking Professorship a 'Threat to Meritocracy'
It sounds simple: setting up a professorship in cosmology in the name of Stephen Hawking, at the University of Cambridge, with a $6 million (Pounds 3.63 million) donation.But Cambridge has been forced to put the plan to a vote of its governing Regent...
HE&me
From 2010 to 2013, Nick Hillman was special adviser to David Willetts, the universities and science minister, and from 2007 to 2010 was his chief of staff while in opposition. He left politics to this month take up the role of director of the Higher...
I Know What You're Thinking
Neurobollocks? Not this grounded exploration of what makes us human, says Tristan Bekinschtein.Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to ConnectBy Matthew D. LiebermanOxford University Press, 384pp, Pounds 18.99ISBN 9780199645046Published 31 October 2013Do...
Individual Rewards for Collective Success
Justifying the 39 per cent increase in the total pay package of Sir Keith Burnett, the University of Sheffield's vice-chancellor, pro chancellor Tony Pedder informs us that "under Sir Keith's leadership" the university has enjoyed a "period of real success...
Individual Rewards for Collective Success
The current pay dispute ("Universities threaten to dock day's pay over strike", www.timeshighereducation.co.uk, 21 January) is exposing the disconnect between university senior managements and the staff who work in the institutions they run.The hypocrisy...
In the Clear with Clarity
;LettersI was disappointed to read that the rise in the complexity and number of complaints and academic appeals relating to students' marks is being reported as a result of the rise in tuition fees ("Marked difference: gripes about assessment grow as...
Is Your University a Good Place to Work?
Do you enjoy your job or dread every Monday? In the inaugural Times Higher Education Best University Workplace Survey, Chris Parr analyses the views of thousands of employees to discover the realities of working in higher education today.Academics love...
Jobs Intelligence - Delivering a Higher Dose of Evidence to Help Nurses
Who got that job? Lesley Lowes tells John Elmes about feeling the perfect fit for a new chair of clinical nursing practice."When I saw the advert I thought: 'Yes, great, I've been waiting for this," said Lesley Lowes, who is a month into her new position...
Keep Opportunities Alive
I am concerned to learn that the plans to reduce the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills budget may require a significant reduction in the student opportunity fund.Many institutions use the fund to create career opportunities for those traditionally...
Mixed Emotions: Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict
Mixed Emotions: Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict. By Andrew A.G. Ross. University of Chicago Press. 232pp, Pounds 59.50 and Pounds 19.50. ISBN 9780226077390 and 7420. Published 10 January 2014When the planes slammed into the Twin Towers...
Montreal Tells Wiley: 'No Deal'
Cost-conscious institution cancels subscription to 1,000 of publisher's journals. Paul Jump writes.The latest skirmish in the bitter war of attrition between librarians and commercial publishers has resulted in the University of Montreal cancelling its...
More Managers Please!
"It's only five new chairs. Only one more than the University of York."That was how Janet Fluellen, our Director of Curriculum Development, responded to suggestions from reporter Keith Ponting (30) that our university's decision to advertise five new...
Napier Forced to Abandon Hong Kong Ambition
Edinburgh Napier University has confirmed that plans for a campus in Hong Kong have been scrapped after a souring of the city's political mood towards overseas university branches.The decision follows the revelation in July last year that the project's...
News in Brief
SingaporeOur man in the GULFThe president of a Singaporean university has been appointed by the World Economic Forum to chair a world higher education body. Tan Chorh Chuan, president of the National University of Singapore, will chair the Global University...
Obituary - Jonathan Lowe, 1950-2014
One of the leading philosophers of his generation has died.Jonathan Lowe was born in Dover on 24 March 1950 and went to the University of Cambridge to read natural sciences in 1968 but soon decided to study history instead. After gaining a first in 1971,...
Perfect Match as Arts Join Science in a Body of Work
Matthew Reisz on the life-saving bone marrow transplant that inspired sibling scholars' project.A sister and brother have created an "augmented lecture" incorporating music, dance and animation inspired by their experiences as bone marrow donor and recipient.When...
Raw and the Cooked: Grants Help to Serve Up Archives
Food, feminism and assumptions about asylum seekers among areas explored in eight AHRC-backed projects. Matthew Reisz reports.Eight Pounds 15,000 grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council will help small firms and organisations join forces...
Remains of the Sector
Christopher Bigsby sifts the burnt offerings of the age of consumerisation.One of the buildings in my university is named after Thomas Paine, hero of the American Revolution, who died a penniless drunk. Only half a dozen people turned up at his funeral....
Saying 'No' Is a Positive Choice
Laura Frost on a portrayal of abstinence not as an absence of sex, but as an organisation of pleasure.Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual LifeBy Benjamin Kahan Duke University Press232pp, Pounds 57.00 and Pounds 15.99 ISBN 9780822355540 and 55687Published...
Serendipity and Vitality
Shared subject matter and the space to make comparisons lightly create a visually convincing experience, says Alexander Massouras.Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and J.M.W. TurnerTurner Contemporary, Margate until 11 May96pp catalogue with an essay...
Sex and Sexuality in Classical Athens
Sex and Sexuality in Classical Athens. By James Robson. Edinburgh University Press 336pp, Pounds 80.00 and Pounds 24.99. ISBN 9780748634132 and 4149. Published 31 October 2013In a funeral oration delivered by Pericles in 430BC, and reported by Thucydides,...
Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disability
Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disability. By George McKay. University of Michigan Press. 264pp, Pounds 68.95 and Pounds 32.50. ISBN 9780472072095 and 052097. Published 30 November 2013The suggestion that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover may...
Teaching Intelligence - Boredom Gets the Boot (and Suit)
THE teaching award winner sends students off to big firms to audit and learn. Jack Grove reports.Teaching the most boring module of a course is not a task that most lecturers relish.Whether it is explaining the finer points of French grammar or actuarial...
The Boss of Me, Ltd
Helen E. Lees on swapping precarious research contracts for a start- up company and the exhilaration of freedom.The start of this story is a bit bleak but fear not; it has a happy ending.Until November last year, I was on a three-year research contract....
The Children's War: Britain, 1914-1918
The Children's War: Britain, 1914-1918. By Rosie Kennedy. Palgrave Macmillan,208pp, Pounds 50.00. ISBN 9780230221758. Published 14 February 2014The First World War involved the mobilisation of whole societies to levels unprecedented in previous wars....
The Competition Inspector Is Likely to Call
OFT's successor expected to run market study of higher education. John Morgan reports.The new Competition and Markets Authority is thought likely to undertake a "market study" of English higher education as one of its first cases - scrutinising the setting...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.Academics don't half spout shit (as in stuff, not rubbish. Well, most of the time anyway). Not the view of Times Higher Education, you understand, but an opinion regularly expressed on the aptly named Twitter...
The Week in Higher Education
- The new head of England's university funding body must be hoping her organisation's fortunes will change soon. Not only is the Higher Education Funding Council for England, where Madeleine Atkins took over as chief executive this month, facing the...
UCU Might Not Have Law on Its Side If It Sues over Striking Members' Pay
The University and College Union looks set to sue universities over what it claims is the "unlawful" docking of a full day's pay for staff joining two-hour strikes after about half of institutions threatened the "punitive" action.Despite Sally Hunt,...
Unexpected Surplus but Visa Licence Pain Lingers
Revocation of permit for foreign students to force more savings at London Met. Jack Grove reports.London Metropolitan University recorded a financial surplus in the year it was stripped of its powers to recruit overseas students thanks to savings from...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Bruce Scharlau, senior teaching fellow in computing science, University of Aberdeen, is reading Raph Koster's A Theory of Fun for Game Design (O'Reilly Media, 2013). "Koster engagingly places...
Will It Be Heigh-Ho! or Oh No!
It's off to work we go. Our Best University Workplace Survey reveals discontent, but it's not all gloom and doom.Are you happy? The answer will depend on lots of things, but few factors are as crucial as how you feel about your work.This week, in a UK...
York Sticks by 'No Women' Promise to Male Student
Human rights invoked in guaranteeing female-free seminars. Nathan Greenfield reports.Despite pressure from political leaders, radio talk-show hosts and callers and newspaper editorials, Canada's York University has stuck to a decision that it should...
You've Performed Well - Thanks (Almost) a Million
Jon Marcus reports on the big rewards on offer to US university leaders who meet boardroom targets.By many measures, Michael Crow is one of America's most successful university presidents.The high-profile head of Arizona State University has tripled...
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