Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2158, June 26

£1.3M a Year for Unused Building
London Met still pays rent and costs for Ladbroke House. David Matthews and Colin Cortbus report London Metropolitan University is spending more than a million pounds a year renting and servicing an unused building, and is expected to do so...
50,000th Recruit Bangs the Drum for HEA's Band of Pros
Fellowship scheme 'helps and makes people evaluate their teaching', psychology lecturer Shelly Kemp tells John Elmes The 50,000th fellow of the Higher Education Academy said that such a signal achievement was not an immediate concern for her...
A Conscious Uncoupling
Mary Curnock Cook on the impact of reforms in England separating the AS and A level and what it could mean for the admissions system Will schools continue to offer AS exams once A levels in England have been reformed? In a recent select committee...
Affirmation despite the Odds
Warmth and compassion override the wretchedness in an authentic portrayal of illegal immigrants heading for the US, says Philip Kemp The Golden DreamDirected by Diego Quemada-DíezStarring Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen MartínezOn...
Anthony Kelly, 1929-2014
The second vice-chancellor of the University of Surrey, who steered his institution through the upheavals of the 1980s, has died.Anthony Kelly was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex on 25 January 1929. After obtaining firsts in both general and special physics...
A War of Words
On the eve of the centenary of the assassination that triggered the First World War, A. W. Purdue examines the ongoing battles among historians for the conflict's place in our collective memory As the centenary of the summer crisis of 1914...
Beyond the Limits of Traditional Learning
In the US and Australia, two very different higher education reform initiatives are playing out in two very different ways. In the US, President Barack Obama recently expanded a programme that enables borrowers to cap their federal student loan repayments...
Dismay over Dropout Rate at For-Profits Taking SLC Cash
BIS considers switching sub-degree qualifications to further education budget. John Morgan reports The government has admitted that retention rates are "very low" at some private colleges, as officials show growing concern over how some for-profit...
Financial Problems within Three Years If Fees Re Main Capped, Warns V-C
Some universities will be "completely stuffed" in just three years if fees remain frozen at £9,000, a vice-chancellor has warned.Michael Thorne, who leads Anglia Ruskin University, also said that his finance director had joked about the income from the...
Grant Winners
Action Medical ResearchAward winner: David W. CarmichaelInstitution: University College LondonValue: £164,035Epilepsy in children - improving scanning before surgeryAward winner: Elizabeth TannerInstitution: University of GlasgowValue: £117,527Breathing...
HEA Is Failing to Win over Leaders, Report Warns
Teaching champion has convinced only the grass roots about impact of its work. Jack Grove writes University leaders are far less convinced about the value of the Higher Education Academy than rank-and-file academics, according to an independent...
Health and Wealth: Theory, Practice and Research
Vice-director Anne Mills talks to Matthew Reisz about the expanding field of health economics The gilded snake, rat, mosquito and bedbug displayed on the balconies around the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's elegant art deco...
HELP Could Force Graduates to Clear Debt Faster
Asking graduates to repay their student loans at a faster rate and in full could resolve a "black hole" in the current system, according to University Alliance plans for a "HELP UK" loan system. The mission group published on 26 June the outline of a...
HE&me
Sir Brian Hoskins, professor of meteorology at the University of Reading and chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, is one of the country's most eminent academics in the field. This week he was set to be...
Home Away from Home
Is the grass greener on the other side of the world? Six individuals share the ups and the downs they have experienced in university life abroad One of the delights of an academic career is the opportunity to spend significant stretches of...
If You Create a Soviet-Style Planning System, You Will Get Tractors
Progress results when universities encourage iconoclasm and risk-taking, not identikit REF-able research outputs, says Andrew Oswald If everyone likes your research, you can be certain that you have not done anything important. That is the...
Improvement by Degree or Innate Talent?
David Matthews finds government is excluding signalling in its calculations on a degree's worth A bright, personable young humanities graduate, fresh out of a top ranking university, lands a fiercely competitive job at a major international...
Letters
Closure is no balm for Open University staffI am one of the people affected by the closure of The Open University's East Grinstead regional centre ("OU staff express anger over centre closure", www.timeshighereducation.co.uk, 19 June).A university spokesman...
Malaysia Changes Targets for Postgraduates
The Malaysian government has scaled back plans to train 100,000 doctoral and master's students by 2023, a conference has heard.The MyBrain15 scheme, which offers scholarships for Malaysian students, is now aiming to train 60,000 at postgraduate level...
Married to the Job
Malcolm Gillies on the myriad challenges facing a vice-chancellor's consort What do we expect from the chief executive's "significant other"? By that I mean partner, wife, husband, chief lover...let's just say, consort. Lord Browne of Madingley's...
News in Brief
Course league table proposalRankings that are just the jobAn adviser to David Cameron has urged the government to rank universities' courses based on their graduates' employment rates and earnings. A report by Conservative peer Lord Young of Graffham,...
Oxbridge Uplift Disguises a Drop in the Size of Average UK Endowment
Institutions still 'lag well behind' US counterparts, which are piling on funds. David Matthews writes Average endowments at UK universities, excluding Oxford and Cambridge, have shrunk during the past decade, according to a report that shows...
'Phantom' Book Discovered in Queen's Research Portal
Finding follows criticism of pro vice-chancellor for citing an unpublished work. Paul Jump writes Queen's University Belfast is to investigate references in its research portal to an apparently non-existent book said to be co-edited by a pro...
'Scenes in Dolls Emerged from My Own Warped Mind'
UK lecturer's short film competes in a global festival for £41,000 prize. Matthew Reisz writes A distinctly sinister short film by a University of Derby academic is competing for a prize in an international online film festival.Now a lecturer...
Spain's Battle for Originality Is like Herding (Copy)cats
Anti-plagiarism policies - where they exist - are still not working. Isabel López Ruiz reports Over the past few years, there have been growing attempts in Spain to increase discussion in the academic community about plagiarism, and establish...
Speaking Unto Nations
Expert translations are invaluable in disseminating research worldwide, say Meredith Root-Bernstein and Richard Ladle We all know that if you want to be a professional scientist in the 21st century, you have to communicate in English. This...
Strangers in a Strange Land
Newly opened archives reveal celebrated guests' true thoughts on Stalinism, says Yvonne Howell Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union 1921-1941 By Michael David-Fox Oxford University Press,...
Students Unrealistic about Job Skill Levels
Expectations of fast track to graduate-level job are over-optimistic, suggests report. Holly Else writes Students are "massively overestimating" the skill level of jobs that they will get after graduating, according to a new report.Almost...
Syrians: Uprooted and Excluded
Lebanese universities fail to incorporate refugee scholars and students. Matthew Reisz reports The major hurdles for refugee Syrians seeking to study or work in Lebanese universities are set out in a sobering report.Produced by the Institute...
Tales of Continental Drift
The globalised academy offers ambitious scholars a plethora of opportunities, yet expat life is nothing if not unpredictable There aren't many professions or, dare I say it, industries that are genuinely global concerns, but higher education...
The Harsh Chill of Volcanic Winter
Alison Stokes lauds a compelling account of one terrible day in 1815 and its long, deadly aftermath Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World By Gillen D'Arcy Wood Princeton University Press312pp, £19.95 ISBN 9780691150543 and 1400851409...
The Kremlin's Ring of Power
Lara Cook on an insightful study of the role of the 'selectorate' from pre- to post-Soviet times Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin By William Zimmerman Princeton University Press 344pp, £19.95 ISBN 9780691161488...
THE Scholarly Web
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere The University of Cambridge has finally bowed to the inevitable and closed its doors to new undergraduates.At least, it will do in 2050. That is, if you believe the predictions made by Michael Wood,...
The Week in Higher Education
The president of the Oxford Union will face no further action from police after he was arrested on suspicion of raping a fellow student and attacking another, The Daily Telegraph reported on 19 June. Ben Sullivan, a third-year undergraduate, was arrested...
Turing Party?
In what he described as "a major research breakthrough", our Head of Computer Science, Professor L. E. D. Scart, has raised serious doubts about our vice-chancellor.Professor Scart told our reporter Keith Ponting (30) that his research had been initially...
Union Questions Professors' Pay-Review Process
Discussions of pay rises for professors at one university lasted little more than a minute per academic, a union has claimed.At a single session lasting roughly three hours, some 163 professors were assessed by the University of Sheffield's professorial...
US Shootings 'A Wake-Up Call'
Berkeley's chancellor tells Chris Parr welfare checks are part of the shield against violence Universities in the US need to do more to prevent fatal shootings involving students, the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley has...
Visa Licence Freeze: Sector Hit by Wave of Suspensions
Glyndwr University and 57 private colleges affected. David Matthews and John Morgan report The higher education sector has been rocked by its biggest crisis over compliance with immigration rules since London Metropolitan University was stripped...
What Are You Reading?
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers Daniel Binney, postgraduate administrator, department of history, Classics and archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, is reading Nietzsche on Art and Life (Oxford University Press,...
World in Brief
United StatesDiscount tuition for Starbucks employeesStarbucks is partnering with Arizona State University to offer its employees heavily discounted undergraduate degrees. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan will subsidise tuition for the first two...
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