Magazine article Times Higher Education

Help the Medicine Go Down

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Help the Medicine Go Down

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Our Head of Zodiac Studies, Professor Mike Draco, has warmly welcomed the appointment of Greg Clark as the new minister for universities and science.

Professor Draco told The Poppletonian that his confidence in the new minister was based on Mr Clark's well-documented support for "NHS homeopathic hospitals" and his stated belief that "complementary medicine has the potential to offer clinically-effective...solutions to common health problems".

Although Professor Draco admitted that Mr Clark had not so far publicly expressed his belief in the tenets of astrology, he felt that anyone "who was so readily prepared to fly in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence about the inefficacy of homeopathy might well incline towards a belief in the beneficial effects of Sagittarius' ruling planet Jupiter rising in Leo".

However, a rather more guarded response came from Dr K. D. Strang of our Department of Parapsychology. While welcoming the appointment of a minister who was "not in hock to the shibboleths of scientific reason", he cautioned that any sign of support for homeopathy "should always be taken with a pinch of salt".

It's a family affair

Suggestions from hostile critics that recent appointments to Poppleton's School of Management may have involved "a degree of nepotism" have been described as "unfortunate" by Louise Bimpson, our Corporate Director of Human Resources.

Ms Bimpson said she understood that the allegations had been prompted by the much publicised criticisms of recent appointments to the Swansea University School of Management: appointments that included Nigel Piercy as the dean of the school, his son Niall as the deputy dean for operations, and Nigel's partner as reader in the school. …

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