Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

The Week in Higher Education

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

The Week in Higher Education

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- It seems not even vice-chancellors are impervious to the worldwide pop sensation that is Gangnam Style - the infectious chart-topping hit from South Korean artist PSY. An internet video of a flash mob dancing to the track at the University of East Anglia also featured Edward Acton - the institution's vice-chancellor. Sadly he did not take part in the dance routine but does mouth words from the song, thanks to some clever overdubbing. The flash mob, which took place on 6 November, was organised by private provider INTO, which has a study centre for international students based at UEA. UEA and INTO students taking part in the flash mob performance spent four weeks perfecting their moves under the guidance of Kurt Lee, an INTO graduate and "Gangnam guru". Surely it is only a matter of time before Universities UK's annual conference ends with such a display.

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- Universities UK has been hit by a technical glitch that means its presidential nomination process has to be rerun. The process leading to the nomination, unopposed, of Sir Christopher Snowden, the University of Surrey vice-chancellor, as president from August 2013 was flawed as not all vice-chancellors received the email asking them to nominate. John Craven, the University of Portsmouth vice-chancellor, notified Nicola Dandridge, the UUK chief executive, of the problem. The new process opened on 7 November and closes on 16 November but it is thought that no other candidates beyond Professor Snowden are likely to come forward. That would be a relief for Professor Snowden, whose institution announced its departure from the 1994 Group after his initial confirmation as president. He may have feared that the reopening of the process could lead to a stab in the back from 1994 Group vice-chancellors smarting at being left in an ever-dwindling group.

- It is not often that French lesbian poetry is used as ammunition in the war between the science and humanities lobby. But that is exactly the line taken by Sir James Dyson in an interview with The Times on 10 November. Lamenting that so many students were choosing to study humanities subjects rather than science, the entrepreneur and engineer said the UK had become "decadent" and forgotten what had made it wealthy in the first place. …

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