Times Higher Education

Articles from No. 2120, September 26

ABB Equivalent, Post-92s Jubilant: News
New universities may get the most from policy change, argues GuildHE head. Jack Grove reports.Growing numbers of students attaining high BTEC scores mean that many post-1992 universities seem better placed to expand their intake under the ABB policy...
Appointments: People
University College LondonDilly FungOn being offered the position of director of University College London's Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching, Dilly Fung immediately thought of her family. "I thought about telling my father, whose own...
Brain Trauma's Noble Foe: Opinion
Scott Armstrong, winner of the MRC's 2013 science writing prize, on hopes that xenon can halt deadly complications from head injuries.Close your eyes and picture a high-speed car crash. An elderly relative taking a tumble down the stairs. Muhammad Ali...
Call to Improve Reporting of Animal Research: News
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) has called on universities to commit to improving their reporting of animal research.In letters to a selection of UK universities, due to be sent on 26...
Calm Voice Lauds Humanities' Part in Public Conversation: News
Let's not make drama out of disciplinary 'crisis', Helen Small tells Matthew Reisz.There have been some very strident recent books about "the crisis in the humanities".Take the 2010 polemic Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities by Martha...
Campus Round-Up: CampusRound-Up
University of HuddersfieldAccessible heritageA higher education institution has secured a Pounds 1.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to make its archives and special collections more accessible. The University of Huddersfield will use the grant to...
Campus Unease over Quebec's Planned Ban on Faith Symbols: News
Proposal to outlaw overt displays of religious affiliation would affect academics. Nathan Greenfield reports.Just months after Quebec had at last emerged from waves of violent student protests over higher education funding, the prospect of another divisive...
Do the Rite Thing: Opinion
Freshers' Week rituals mark the transition to adulthood, says Sally Feldman.Last week, I conducted a baby-naming ceremony. There was no praying or sprinkling of water, no driving out of the Devil, no mention of God. Instead, like all the events I lead...
Eternal Sunshine of the Scientific Mind: Feature
Optimism is almost as vital to a career in science as intellect, argues Russell Foster, which is why he won't let anything dampen his enthusiasm.In 1651 Thomas Hobbes famously described the life of mankind in the pre-social "state of nature" as "solitary,...
From Where I Sit - in Deserted Fields, Danger: News
A career in research is not attractive to Germans, suggests a study conducted by the country's Federal Statistical Office. A large proportion of graduates do not continue with research once they get the coveted "Promotion" (this "false friend" to anglophones...
'Game' of One-Fifth? Part-Time Contracts Rise in Run-Up to REF: News
THE investigation reveals 63 per cent increase in 0.2 deals since October 2011. Paul Jump reports.The number of academics recruited on 0.2 contracts during the past two years has risen by nearly two-thirds, although overall levels remain relatively low,...
Grant Winners: News
LEVERHULME TRUSTResearch Project GrantsSciencesAward winner: Marco BeatoInstitution: University College LondonValue: Pounds 196,355The tuning of motor circuits by recurrent excitation and inhibitionAward winner: Roger K. ButlinInstitution: University...
Healthy and Flexible: Opinion
Employing all-round scholars on fair terms would obviate the need for unfair zero-hours deals, argues Philip Roddis.I only learned I was on a zero-hours contract when, having taught some 400 hours a year in various roles at Sheffield Hallam University,...
Hefce's Outgoing Captain Warns of Potential Turbulence over Student Loans: News
There is still a risk that a future government may redesign student loans and force graduates to repay more, according to the outgoing chief executive of England's funding council.After leading the Higher Education Funding Council for England since April...
Hey, Teacher, Leave Those Trainers Alone: Letters
I agree with Anthony Seldon ("Right to reply", Opinion, 19 September): university students should receive high-quality teaching and effective student feedback should inform staff appraisals. However, I must take issue with some of his supporting arguments.As...
Hey, Teacher, Leave Those Trainers Alone: Letters[1]
I was offended by the comments made by Samantha Twiselton, director of the Sheffield Institute of Education, in your article "Don't be precious, sector's teacher educators told" (News, 12 September). She implies that teacher educators in universities...
Interview - Bandwagon Driver's Point of Departure: News
Upon his retirement, UCL's Michael Worton tells Elizabeth Gibney about his triumphs and regrets.The year in which John Lennon was shot, Yes Minister first aired and Margaret Thatcher claimed she was "not for turning" was also the year Michael Worton...
Labouring for Invention: Feature
Nothing new under the Shakespearean sun? Matthew Reisz reflects on the academic 'industry' surrounding the Bard and considers whether fresh editions of his plays do anything to increase our understanding of the man and his works.In performance, Shakespeare...
Legends of the Fallen: Books
Hayley Jayne Bradley on theatre's love/hate relationship with victims, vixens and transgressors.Acts of Desire: Women and Sex on Stage 1800-1930 By Sos Eltis Oxford University Press, 288pp, Pounds 55.00 ISBN 9780199691357 Published 18 April 2013If the...
Lifting a Tattoo Taboo Has Put Colour in My Life: Arts
Rivka Isaacson tells how her Jewish background and job as a lecturer in chemical biology have fuelled her fascination.Ninth International London Tattoo ConventionTobacco Dock, London, 27-29 SeptemberI never thought I'd mention Cheryl Cole in any capacity,...
Loose Network of Internet Mentors Could Supplant Traditional Lecturers: News
Study points to a 'new kind of pedagogy' on the higher education horizon. Jack Grove reports.Traditional lecturers may soon be replaced by networks of online mentors working for several universities, a new study predicts.In the report, titled Horizon...
Lower Fees Policy Will Fail Doorstep Challenge, Ex-Minister Tells Labour: News
V-c Bill Rammell suggests Pounds 6,000 charges are not a priority for most voters. John Morgan writes.A former Labour minister has told the party that its policy to lower fees will not win votes.Bill Rammell, vice-chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire,...
Mozart's Ghosts: Haunting the Halls of Musical Culture: Books
Mozart's Ghosts: Haunting the Halls of Musical Culture. By Mark Everist. Oxford University Press, 320pp, Pounds 30.00. ISBN 9780195389173. Published 1 August 2013At the heart of this book lies the not unreasonable claim that our "modern reverence" for...
News in Brief: News
ChinaUS joint venture gets green lightThe Chinese government has formally approved the establishment of a new institution created jointly by a US and a Chinese university. Duke Kunshan University, a venture between Duke and Wuhan universities that has...
No Offence: After the Rushdie Affair, It Is Naughty Not to Be Nice: Opinion
In the shadow of fear cast by fatwa, academic freedom has been stifled and the battle of ideas pacified, observes Dennis Hayes.It is now 25 years since the publication of The Satanic Verses, an event that sparked protests, book burnings and threats to...
Obituary - Marshall Berman, 1940-2013: People
An American political scientist and social critic whose writings were acclaimed by Christopher Hitchens as "scholarly but jargon-free, anchored in modern references but with a strong sense of history, and animated by a generous sympathy" has died.Marshall...
Power beyond Scrutiny: Media Justice and Accountability: Books
Power Beyond Scrutiny: Media Justice and Accountability. By Justin Schlosberg. Pluto, 256pp, Pounds 60.00 and Pounds 16.99. ISBN 9780745332925, 2918 and 9781849648707 (e-book). Published 6 March 2013This is an interesting, and in some senses an ambitious,...
Privacy and Media Freedom: Books
Privacy and Media Freedom. By Raymond Wacks. Oxford University Press. 312pp, Pounds 60.00 and Pounds 29.99. ISBN 9780199668656 and 8663. Published 6 June 2013The relation between privacy, media and communication is one of the key themes of the current...
Race Results: 'Charter Mark' to Surmount Hurdles to BME Equality: News
Equality unit to pilot third initiative to foster greater fairness in academy. Elizabeth Gibney reports.Racial equality is to become the target of a new higher education "charter mark".The Equality Challenge Unit, which runs the Athena SWAN Charter for...
Scottish Claims of Foreign Finance Allure 'Embellished', Say Analysts: News
Economists dispute degree to which universities attract overseas investors. David Matthews writes.Universities Scotland has been accused by economists of "misrepresenting" figures in a report that claims to show the importance of its members in attracting...
Small Fry Fear Big Fish Will Dominate Mooc Pond: News
A lack of appetite, capacity and opportunity is preventing less prestigious universities from offering massive open online courses, a government report has found.Whereas "elite" institutions - particularly in the US - view Moocs as an opportunity to...
Softly-Softly Thought Police Brought to Book at Last: News
Project unveiled to give Ministry of Information the historical treatment. Matthew Reisz reports.A major research project will investigate Britain's wartime Ministry of Information - inspiration for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's dystopian...
The Future Is Not What It Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity: Books
The Future is Not What it Used to Be: Climate Change and Energy Scarcity. By Jorg Friedrichs. MIT Press, 224pp, Pounds 18.95. ISBN 9780262019248. Published 26 September 2013You pretty much know what this book is going to say before you begin reading....
The Power of Positive Thinking: Leader
Harvard's huge fundraising and the US' big lead in Moocs show that we can only learn from the American 'can-do' spirit.Ambition is the ultimate virtue in the US and Harvard University has it in spades.This week, the institution launched a campaign to...
THE Scholarly Web: People
Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere.Margaret Mary Vojtko, a languages professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for more than a quarter of a century, was not widely known. However, her recent death at the age of 83 has thrust her into the...
The Week in Higher Education: News
- So farewell to the "Slappers 'n' Rappers" and "Pimps 'n' Hoes" club nights that were once a staple of some freshers' weeks. Far fewer gangsta rap-themed parties will be happening on campus this year as feminist students confront the misogynistic lad...
UEL Destroys Copies of V-C's Exit Letters: News
FoI also shows Patrick McGhee set up inquiry into doomed overseas ventures. John Morgan reports.The University of East London's former vice-chancellor set up an inquiry into its failed overseas ventures as his final act before stepping down on health...
Universities Prepare Wish List for New Power in Land: News
German rectors want to see the post-election federal government do more to support higher education. Frances Mechan-Schmidt reports.Germany, one of the major powers in world higher education, went to the polls on 22 September.Angela Merkel's conservative...
We Just Couldn't Put It Down: Books
Robert Eaglestone on a bravura exploration of the most demanding subject in literary criticism.The Lives of the Novel: A HistoryBy Thomas G. PavelPrinceton University Press360pp, Pounds 24.95ISBN 9780691121895Published 9 October 2013Those endless lists...
We're Going Up, Up, Up!: ThePoppletonian-Yourofficialnewsletter
"Rejoice! Rejoice!" exclaimed our Director of Corporate Affairs, Jamie Targett, as he revealed at yesterday's specially convened staff meeting in the atrium of the new Management Building that our university has moved up 74 places in the Extremely Excellent...
What Are You Reading?: Books
A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.George McKay, AHRC leadership fellow for the Connected Communities programme, University of Salford, is reading Lee Higgins' Community Music: In Theory and In Practice (Oxford University Press,...
What It's like out in the Country: Books
Small towns were often accommodating to those without a straight sensibility, finds Sally R. Munt.Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural AmericaBy Colin R. JohnsonTemple University Press 264pp, Pounds 68.00 and Pounds 23.99ISBN 9781439909973,...
Young Shoulders Seek Wise Heads: News
Universities 'have a duty to nurture students' fledgling businesses'. Elizabeth Gibney writes.Universities are "out of date" and need to support, rather than exploit, new technologies, a debate on entrepreneurship heard last week.Jessica Jones, a student...
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