Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2062, August 9

All Killer, No Filler
New gatekeeping needed for real choice and access, says Malcolm Gillies."Access" is everywhere. We have "fair access" as an aspiration in educational admission, and "open access" for research findings.Clearly, the scholarly world has a problem with access...
Appointments
University of KentStephen PeckhamThe new director of the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent said he was "delighted" at the move. Stephen Peckham, who joins from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the move...
Bastard, but Wherefore Base?
The absence of the didactic from this study of lone parents makes it all the stronger, says Mary Evans.Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth- Century EnglandBy Pat Thane and Tanya EvansOxford University Press, 240pp, Pounds 60.00ISBN...
Bioethics: All That Matters
Bioethics: All that Matters. By Donna Dickenson. Hodder Education, 160pp, Pounds 7.99. ISBN 9781444155808. Published 29 June 2012The title of this book implies that it will provide an introduction to "all that matters" in bioethics, but anyone who buys...
Campus Round-Up
Nottingham Trent UniversityHive mindsA colony of 10,000 honeybees has been established on a university's city campus in the hope of boosting urban biodiversity and helping to arrest the insect's decline. A hive has been established on the roof of Nottingham...
Can We Have the Bill, Please?
Despite the demise of Lords reform, fundamental changes to the academy are still unlikely to receive parliamentary scrutiny.Although never admitted by the government, it is widely acknowledged that the decision to shelve the higher education bill earlier...
Chile Rescinds Accreditation of Apollo For-Profit
Chile's only university owned by the global arm of US for-profit education giant Apollo Group has had its accreditation withdrawn.On 18 July, following an unsuccessful appeal, Chile's National Education Council confirmed a decision by the National Accreditation...
Close-Up on a World with Too Few Sporting Chances
Film shows 'wide-eyed' Soas football side meeting Middle Eastern realities. David Matthews reports.When a university sports film makes its debut a week before the beginning of the Olympics in a cinema in Stratford, next to the main site of the London...
Drawn from Life: HEA Teaching Fellows Who Inspire
For many of this year's 55 National Teaching Fellowship winners, their backgrounds inspire the way they teach. But few have experienced the same journey to higher education as Brendan Stone (right).Now a senior lecturer in the University of Sheffield's...
Ernst Decries Firms' Large Dose of Cash for Pro-Homeopathy Website
Paul Jump on scientist's undiluted zeal for probing alternative 'cures' despite lack of Exeter successor.Edzard Ernst may have officially retired as professor of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, but his efforts to subject the field...
From Here to Posterity
Queen Mary can best serve its local community via the pursuit of global excellence, Simon Gaskell tells critics of recent 'restructures'.Queen Mary, University of London, has attracted rather a lot of attention lately. Much of the press coverage we have...
From Where I Sit - beyond a Joke
"How many Irish mothers does it take to change a light bulb? None. They say, 'We'll be all right here in the dark.'" This old joke was offered last month during a 12-day visit to universities and institutes in the Republic of Ireland. A senior education...
Generation Gap
We should be discussing how society is going to avoid, as life expectancy increases, the prospect of an ever-increasing permanent army of retired workers supported by a state with ever-shrinking resources. Instead, Times Higher Education is engaging...
Grant Winners
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE REPLACEMENT, REFINEMENT AND REDUCTION OF ANIMALS IN RESEARCH - NC3RSProject GrantsAward winner: Wendy BarclayInstitution: Imperial College LondonValue: Pounds 397,991Developing an in vitro approach to study transmission of respiratory...
Hollywood 1938: Motion Pictures' Greatest Year
Hollywood 1938: Motion Pictures' Greatest Year. By Catherine Jurca. University of California Press. 284pp, Pounds 44.95 and Pounds 18.95. ISBN 9780520233706 and 271807. Published 25 April 2012Superlatives are immediately suspect, and "greatest" more...
Let Academic Freedom Ring
Martha Biondi on the black student protests of the 1960s and 1970s that transformed US campus life and led to the birth of African American studies.Shortly before dawn on 12 May 1969, New York City police officers raided the homes of 17 African American...
Midlands Bloc Hopes for Safety in Numbers as Resources Battle Intensifies
Five Midlands universities have come together to form a regional bloc of institutions aimed at maximising research income.Members of the group have joined forces amid fears of an intensifying battle for resources elsewhere in the sector.The M5 group,...
Nerc: No Clouds on Blue-Skies Horizons
Council defends decision to withdraw a third of its PhD project studentships. Paul Jump reports.The Natural Environment Research Council has denied that a decision to end funding for a third of its doctoral project studentships will damage blue-skies...
News in Brief
Olympic legacyFrom no dope to medical hopeThe anti-doping facilities serving the London 2012 Games will become a research centre for personalised medicine. The MRC-NIHR Phenome Centre will rapidly analyse large numbers of blood and urine samples to search...
Nobody Likes Us!
In an unusually frank press release, our Deputy Director of Logo Development, Roger Placement, has declared that our university is "not at all bothered" by the news that it has failed to gain one of the Quality Assurance Agency "quality" marks that became...
Obituary - Sir Albert Sloman, 1921-2012
The founding vice-chancellor of the University of Essex - an institution shaped by "his clear-sighted vision" - has died.Sir Albert Sloman was born in Cornwall on 14 February 1921 and educated at Launceston College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he...
One Thousand Years of Fortitude
An illuminating guide maps out a fast-track course to a dazzling imperial overview for Ronald Mellor.Rome: An Empire's StoryBy Greg WoolfOxford University Press 384pp, Pounds 18.99ISBN 9780199603084Published 17 May 2012Two millennia ago, the Romans applied...
Post-1992s Give Sector an Object Lesson in Instruction
But HEA awards also point to rising focus on good teaching at older universities. Jack Grove reports.Modern universities are outperforming their older counterparts in the sector's most celebrated teaching awards, but pre-1992 institutions are increasingly...
Post-1992s Give Sector an Object Lesson in Instruction
Cardiff dean's laboratory under investigation once again after fresh misconduct allegations.Cardiff University is to investigate multiple fresh allegations of research misconduct relating to papers produced in the laboratory of its dean of medicine.Six...
Research Intelligence - Citing to Win as Journals 'Game' System
Impact factor manipulation in spotlight as Thomson Reuters targets offenders. Paul Jump reports.When Thomson Reuters announced at the end of June that a record 26 journals had been consigned to its naughty corner this year for "anomalous citation patterns",...
Shakespeare's Shrine: The Bard's Birthplace and the Invention of Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare's Shrine: The Bard's Birthplace and the Invention of Stratford-upon-Avon. By Julia Thomas. University of Pennsylvania Press 256pp, Pounds 23.00. ISBN 9780812244236. Published 1 July 2012Earlier this year, Times Higher Education reported on...
Sit on It
Tim Birkhead has been studying a single guillemot population for 40 years. Here he explains how such commitment provides insights that the three-year studies favoured by the research councils cannot hope to match.I'm dangling somewhat inelegantly from...
Small Wonder Is Music to Our Ears
Sound compression and mobile audio storage are changing how we listen, finds Hillegonda Rietveld.MP3: The Meaning of a FormatBy Jonathan SterneDuke University Press 360pp, Pounds 67.00 and Pounds 16.99ISBN 9780822352877 and 52839Published 6 August 2012Currently...
So Long UK, Thanks for All the Loans: We'll Be in Touch
EU students' arrears figure provokes Tory ire as fears grow over repayment plans. John Morgan reports.Conservative backbenchers are pressuring the government over funding for European Union students at UK universities as the latest figures showed outstanding...
Something Rotten in the State of Spain, Say Whistleblowers
Critics condemn culture of cronyism and corruption in the academy. Paul Jump reports.As Spain struggles under the weight of unsustainable borrowing costs and an unemployment rate touching 25 per cent, its higher education sector has not escaped the turmoil.Academic...
The Only Way Was Up
Flawed policy levers forced Salford to charge Pounds 9K fees to retain its widening participation aims, Martin Hall argues.We are one of a group of universities that have decided to raise undergraduate fees.We are also one of the country's top achievers...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.The problems of finding employment for the holders of science PhDs in the UK have been well documented, and the situation seems much the same across the Atlantic.In a post on his blog The Black Hole, Jonathan...
The Week in Higher Education
- The Russell Group has officially welcomed its four new arrivals from the 1994 Group: Durham, Exeter and York universities and Queen Mary, University of London. To mark their arrival, the mission group issued a press release on 1 August listing the...
The Woman Reader
The Woman Reader. By Belinda Jack. Yale University Press, 336pp, Pounds 20.00. ISBN 9780300120455. Published 28 June 2012This ambitious book maps out the relatively undeveloped field of women's reading habits across time and cultures, all in fewer than...
They've Invited Me to Present My Papers, and This Time It's Personal
The examiner examined: Martin Cortazzi on the day a UK university asked him, rather apologetically, to show them his passport.I'm in central China for a series of working visits to universities: this city alone has 78. So far, I haven't been asked any...
US Turns Drama Study into a Crisis
Elizabeth Gibney on new loan restrictions affecting Americans attending renowned UK conservatoires.Specialist UK institutions that do not hold their own degree-awarding powers are appealing a decision by the US Department of Education that would stop...
Well Versed in Business
Scholar offers entrepreneurs insights inspired by Wordsworth's poetry. Matthew Reisz reports.It may sound like a nice day out in beautiful surroundings, but can walking around Lake District sites synonymous with Romantic poet William Wordsworth really...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.Laurence Coupe, senior lecturer in English, Manchester Metropolitan University, is reading Grevel Lindop's A Literary Guide to the Lake District (Sigma, 2005). "Visiting this area is so much more...
What Inspiration Blooms, Watered by Stormy Weather
Rain is a national obsession - never more than in British films. James Clarke reveals what happens when the heavens open.Another British summer, with hopes for cloudless skies constantly dashed by wet weather. Yet a damp Olympics gives us an opportunity...
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