Category Archives: Universities

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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Open Letter from Faculty, Emeriti and Librarians of the University of Toronto

Open Letter from Faculty, Emeriti and Librarians of the University of Toronto on the ongoing strike action – more here and on Twitter.

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Update on University of Surrey’s Politics department under threat

University of Surrey’s Politics department update: There is a story in Times Higher Education but also some reports that the University is reconsidering. Facebook page ‘Save Surrey’s Politics Department‘ Twitter hashtag #savesurreypolitics petition to sign and share

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