Category Archives: Universities

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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Future of Surrey’s Department of Politics Secured

I’ve just received an update on University of Surrey’s politics department, which was under serious threat in March this year – I shared the story and a couple of updates. We are delighted to report that the Department of Politics … Continue reading

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Interview with Saskia Sassen at Figure/Ground

A brief interview with Saskia Sassen at Figure/Ground, mainly on teaching and changing technologies.

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The war against humanities at Britain’s universities

The war against humanities at Britain’s universities – article in The Guardian.

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Open Letter to Meric Gertler, University of Toronto from Geography and Planning Community

Open Letter to Meric Gertler, president of University of Toronto from Geography and Planning Community. If you would like to add your signature to this letter, please email geogforcupe@gmail.com Signatories are in alphabetical order, and more are being added.

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Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis – reviewed in Times Higher Education

As previously mentioned, Umberto Eco’s 1977 book How to Write a Thesis now out in translation from MIT Press – it is reviewed in The Times Higher Education by Robert Eaglestone – thanks to Dean Bond for the link. Here’s the concluding … Continue reading

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Council for the Defence of British Universities on Surrey Politics

Council for the Defence of British Universities – Restructuring Politics at the University of Surrey: An Unexpected and Questionable Decision

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Marina Warner, ‘Learning my Lesson’ – on Universities in the LRB

Marina Warner, ‘Learning my Lesson’ – on Universities in the LRB. It takes her own story, and broadens it to apply far beyond the University of Essex. Here’s one key paragraph, but the whole thing is well worth reading. I … Continue reading

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