Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

News in Brief

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

News in Brief

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Brunel University London

Prize-winning probing

The winner of this year's exam howlers competition is Chris McMillan, lecturer in Brunel University London's department of sociology and communications, for one of his students' reflections on the importance of probing. "To gather more personal and in-depth information and personal experiences, I had to use probes in my interviews," said the student, who added: "Probing is the key to successful interviewing." Dr McMillan's entry was voted the funniest howler by Times Higher Education staff. He will receive a magnum of champagne. Blunders describing the "right to bare arms" and a professor who had a "chimp implanted into his arm" also amused the THE newsroom.

Research funding

Johnson aims for 'One Nation'

Universities and science minister Jo Johnson has announced a "new approach" to make sure that all areas of the country can reach their "full potential" in research. His "One Nation Science" plan includes audits to map research and innovation strengths and infrastructure across the country and an "action plan" to tackle the lack of diversity in science. Mr Johnson was speaking on 16 July at the Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future, which is part of the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. Noting that 46 per cent of public investment in research goes into the "golden triangle" of London, Cambridge and Oxford, he stressed that excellence must remain the criterion for funding research. "But we do have to ensure we recognise that other parts of the country have proven research excellence in their universities and ensure we fund excellence wherever it is found in order to realise the productivity gains that we have seen in the golden triangle," Mr Johnson said.

Knowledge exchange

Partnerships on the rise

Interactions between universities and the economy increased in volume by 10 per cent between 2012-13 and 2013-14, according to a new survey. The Higher Education Funding Council for England's Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction survey reveals that such partnerships were worth £3.9 billion last year, up from £3.6 billion in 2012-13. …

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