Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2176, October 30

Accusations of Complacency over Fall in Indian Enrolments
Minister defends policy despite halving of arrivals from the subcontinent. John Morgan reports James Brokenshire, the immigration minister, has been criticised as "complacent" and "silly" after dismissing claims that government immigration...
An Anatomy of Melancholy
Shakespeare's tragic prince inspires a ruminative miscellany, writes Christopher Belshaw All For Nothing: Hamlet's NegativityBy Andrew CutrofelloMIT Press, 240pp, £15.95ISBN 9780262526340 and 2326032 (e-book)Published 31 October 2014What might...
An Appeal to Protect Every Citizen's Right to Philosophy
In the month where several international conferences mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the Algerian-born French philosopher Jacques Derrida, one of his lasting legacies, the Collège International de Philosophie, was under imminent threat of closure.The...
Approximate Answers
A mashup of physics and culture illuminates the science of the very small, says Robert Lambourne The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love UncertaintyBy Robert P. Crease and Alfred Scharff GoldhaberW....
'Campus at Sea' Vows to Weather Storms
US non-profit with a half-century tradition of onboard semesters aims to plot a safe course through choppy financial waters. Chris Parr writes It has been a stormy few months for the US-based Semester at Sea programme, which for over 50 years...
Celebrating Creativity in Classification
As book-collecting prizes bloom, Matthew Reisz hears why such bibliophilia must be encouraged Student book-collecting prizes, run by universities or their libraries, took a long time to reach the UK.They seem to have started in Swarthmore...
Colour My World
Philip Kemp on a cinematic portrait of an artist that does justice to the man and his work Mr. TurnerDirected by Mike LeighStarring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey and Paul JessonOn general release in the UK from 31 OctoberFilm...
Dream Signings to Throw Light on Global Nightmare
Dean puts accent on fundraising as £20.1m gift creates new centre to answer big questions about the financial crisis. Holly Else writes What do you do if you are in a position to donate £20 million to your alma mater's business school and...
Europe Needs to Come Together Right Now over HE, Conference Told
Discussion focuses on how to move beyond the Bologna Process. Chris Havergal reports from Madrid More harmonisation of higher education systems across the European Union may be needed if its universities are to continue to compete on the global...
First Year's Trials May Tarnish Final Results
Use of GPA system could lead to lower marks for graduate degrees, study says. Jack Grove reports Many female scientists would leave university with lower marks if universities were to adopt the degree classification system used in the US,...
Grant Winners
Arts and Humanities Research CouncilScience in Culture Innovation AwardsAward winner: Tony PrescottInstitution: University of SheffieldValue: £64,118Cyberselves in immersive technologiesAward winner: John ColemanInstitution: University of OxfordValue:...
Growing Pains
Millions of pounds of public money is supporting students studying at private providers. Andrew McGettigan visits one college that has grown rapidly, using it as a case study to examine the coalition's policy of expansion and the concerns it raises...
HE&me
Carla Valentine is technical curator of Barts Pathology Museum, part of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London. She is a fully qualified anatomical pathology technician and worked in a mortuary for eight years...
Hopes Rise for Surge in Postgrad Support amid 'Affordable' Loan Modelling
Further details of a "workable and affordable" model for a state-backed postgraduate loan scheme have been unveiled as leading sector figures suggest that the government could be about to back similar support for such students.With the chancellor George...
It May Be like the Gulag, but the Rigour Is Getting Results
Rising standards at a university have been put down to the introduction of "a 'Gulag' form of staff development" by a senior manager.Peter Slee, deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, said that the demanding approach of requiring all...
Letters
Who is leading the call for QAA review?The Higher Education Funding Council for England's announcement on 7 October of a "quality assessment" consultation came as quite a surprise.Hefce says this is to take place in conjunction with the other UK funding...
Light Shades, Dark Secrets
Those who masqueraded as white scarred more than themselves alone, finds Catherine Clinton A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American LifeBy Allyson HobbsHarvard University Press, 400pp, £22.95ISBN 9780674368101 Published 23 October...
Name, Rank and Number
Overseas PhD students seek a campus in top 200 but are passive on 'personality'. Paul Jump writes Universities' reputations play a key role in attracting international PhD students and have become tightly bound up with their position in global...
News in Brief
USS pensionsTobacco investments under attackThe Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) should reconsider its investments in companies that sell tobacco, arms and fossil fuels, a new campaign says. Members of the sector's largest pension fund, which...
Perfectly Imperfect
Shahidha Bari on why interviewing for admissions is still worthwhile You are shrunk to the height of a 2p coin and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds....
Pile 'Em High
"It's nothing more than a medium-sized temporary blip."That was how Nathan Prest, our Head of Student Recruitment, responded to allegations that our university's new "Super Greed" policy of recruiting as many students as possible this year had left a...
Privately Educated Pick Up £1,500 Premium
State school-educated graduates are earning significantly less than their privately educated peers, even when they are employed in the same roles, a report has found.Part of the difference is explained by the fact that people who are privately schooled...
Schools That Have Ghouls
The ancient seats of learning have many stories of things that go bump in the night, writes Richard Sugg. But admitting to seeing spectres and phantoms can be problematic "Thou art a scholar; speak to it, Horatio." (Hamlet, Act I, Scene I)This...
Sighs of Despair over £50,000 Bill
Warwick professor cleared by a tribunal of all charges faces final hurdle. John Morgan writes University of Warwick professor Thomas Docherty could be left with a legal bill approaching £50,000 despite being cleared of all charges after facing...
Soundings of Choppy Waters
The government unleashed private providers to change the sector, but has there been a tide of creative disruption? There are few institutions as close to the public's heart as the NHS, which ensures that there is intense scrutiny of any and...
Spending on Subscriptions to Journals Rises by Up to 50%
FoI requests reveal substantial hikes in university outlay despite open access push. Paul Jump writes The amount of money paid by UK universities to subscribe to some large publishers' journals has risen by almost 50 per cent since 2010, new...
Suspension and Disbelief
Not all scholars removed from post are victims, says an academic who suffered a superior's sexual harassment and a climate of denial In recent months, the suspension of several prominent academics from their institutions has prompted a wider...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere "Would you read a paper written by Stronzo Bestiale [translation - total asshole]?" asks a post on Parolacce - the self-declared "only italian scientific blog on profanity" (http://ow.ly/DcVFI)."A...
'The Thought of Those Days When We Were So Radical Is Fantastic'
Leading scholars reflect on seven institutions forged in the 1960s that were striking for their innovative approach. Matthew Reisz reports One of the great educational experiments of the 1960s was put under the academic spotlight in a conference...
The Week in Higher Education
British secret services spied on Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm for decades, newly released files reveal. MI5 and Special Branch officers tapped the phones and intercepted the letters of the Birkbeck, University of London academic from the 1940s onwards,...
To Everything There Is a Measure, and We Must Hit Them All
Michael Power considers the implications of academics being monitored in ever more and increasingly disparate aspects of work I am a non-executive director for a couple of private companies. From time to time, my executive colleagues ask me...
Try the Share Option, EU Sector Told
Departmental selfishness wastes estates space and cash, European study finds. Jack Grove writes University staff must become less "territorial" by sharing teaching and office spaces with staff from other departments, a study of the "inefficient"...
UCU Ready to 'Dig In' for a Long War on Pensions
'Winter of discontent' warning ahead of marking boycott at 69 campuses. Jack Grove reports Universities could face a "winter of discontent" of escalating industrial action if academics are docked pay for participating in a marking boycott...
Universal Considerations
Academics need more guidance about working in areas with poor human rights records, argues Jean Grugel The recent allegation that forced labour has been used on an academic complex in Qatar that houses branches of several Western universities...
Victoria Henshaw, 1971-2014
A pioneer in the field of sensory studies and urban design has died.Victoria Henshaw was born in Rotherham on 28 April 1971 and studied for a BA in consumer services management at Leeds Metropolitan University (1994). She then worked for more than a...
Want to Get on? Better Join In
Engaging with others via Twitter can help you through a PhD and into a job, John Elmes hears Some in the academic world have proved resistant to social media, but for many scholars, it is as useful and as ubiquitous a tool as the textbook...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers Peter Paul Catterall, reader in history, University of Westminster, is reading John Blundell's Waging the War of Ideas (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2007). "For those who denounce...
World in Brief
United StatesScrutiny over sexual assaults growsThere has been a 50 per cent rise in the number of government investigations into US higher education institutions' handling of sexual assaults on their campuses in the past six months, according to government...
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