Category Archives: Universities

Which philosopher would fare best in a present-day university?

Which philosopher would fare best in a present-day university? – a discussion in The Guardian by Lloyd Strickland. If you know Lloyd’s work – which I do – then the answer is not surprising…

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Senior Research Fellow at University College London’s Institute of Advanced Studies 2015-16 – and talk on 23 November

For the 2015-16 academic year I’ll be a Senior Research Fellow at University College London’s new Institute of Advanced Studies. As well as Tamar Garb as director and Catherine Stokes as administrator, there are already four junior research fellows in … Continue reading

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The challenge of saying ‘no’ to academic requests

Last year Rob Kitchin had a short post on his blog ‘The View from the Blue House’: Over the past couple of years I’ve been getting more and more invites to do work that extends beyond my usual day to day … Continue reading

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Eleven thoughts on reading and citing

At the beginning of reading on a topic, the most useful thing in a paper or book is often its bibliography. As you read more you’ll realise the key texts get cited again and again. You can tell you are … Continue reading

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My sabbatical rules for writing

I’m hoping to complete the manuscript for Foucault: The Birth of Power over the next 12 months – a sabbatical year and summer. I’ll be based in London most of the time. I’m also hoping to make considerable progress on the … Continue reading

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The Metric Tide – report on higher education research and teaching assessment

James Wilsdon reports on research metrics, and their wider application in higher education, in The Guardian. The full report can be downloaded here. Over the past fifteen months, I’ve been chairing an independent review of the role of metrics in the research … Continue reading

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“Let UK universities do what they do best – teaching and research” – Letter from 121 professors in The Guardian

“Let UK universities do what they do best – teaching and research” – Letter from 121 professors in The Guardian. Here’s the first paragraph: The UK’s universities can justifiably claim an outstanding international reputation, generating multiple direct and indirect benefits for society, … Continue reading

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The challenge of open plan offices and the importance of quiet

Two interesting pieces in blogs I follow. First, Clare O’Farrell’s extended discussion of open-plan offices at her personal blog Refracted Input; and then Mark Carrigan asking ‘were universities ever quiet?‘ at The Sociological Imagination. I too would be horrified by … Continue reading

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Life in the Accelerated Academy: anxiety thrives, demands intensify and metrics hold the tangled web together

Interesting piece at the Impact of Social Sciences blog by Mark Carrigan. The imagined slowness of university life has given way to a frenetic pace, defined by a perpetual ratcheting up of demands and an entrepreneurial ethos seeking new and quantifiable opportunities. Mark Carrigan explores … Continue reading

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Interesting piece on academia and bureaucracy in The Times Higher

Interesting piece on academia and bureaucracy in The Times Higher Education, partly drawing on David Graeber’s new book The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy. .  

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