Category Archives: Universities

Alexander Clark and Bailey Sousa, ‘How to be a happy academic’

Alexander Clark and Bailey Sousa, How to be a Happy Academic: A Guide to Being Effective in Research, Writing and Teaching. Doubtless some useful advice in here, but what’s with the title? Someone needs to get William Davies to review this… … Continue reading

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Times Higher Education letter on Shrinking Pensions in UK universities

There is a letter in the Times Higher Education about ‘Shrinking Pensions’. I was pleased to be asked to be one of the signatories. If you are a UCU member in the UK, and haven’t yet voted in the pension … Continue reading

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Books received – Freud, Beckman on Deleuze, Heidegger, Olson, Hanawalt, Willetts

Freud’s Therapy and Technique; Frida Beckman’s Gilles Deleuze; the latest volume of Heidegger’s Gesamtausgabe; Kevin Olson’s Imagined Sovereignties: The Power of the People and Other Myths of the Modern Age; Barbara Hanawalt’s Ceremony and Civility: Civic Culture in Late Medieval London; and David Willett’s A University … Continue reading

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Veronika Cheplygina – 5 strategies for saying “no” more often

Veronika Cheplygina – 5 strategies for saying “no” more often I’ve written about this issue before, but there is some very good advice here. Here are the headlines, but do read the whole thing. 1. Does it help or hurt … Continue reading

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A question on norms around honoraria

A message from a North American academic: I have professional question for you. I ask because you have shared a lot on your blog about this kinds of issues: How does one determine one’s honorarium fee? Should one determine or … Continue reading

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Nigel Thrift reviews David Willetts, A University Education

Nigel Thrift reviews David Willetts, A University Education in The Times Higher Education.

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Veronika Cheplygina, ‘7 things I’m glad I did during my PhD’

Veronika Cheplygina, ‘7 things I’m glad I did during my PhD’ See also ‘7 things I wish I had done during my PhD’, which I shared back in September. While these thoughts are from the perspective of a scientist, there are … Continue reading

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The Struggle to Defend One of the Largest Universities of Brazil

‘The Struggle to Defend One of the Largest Universities of Brazil’ by Esther Arantes, Heliana Conde, and Estela Scheinvar – full statement here. Thanks to Marcelo Hoffman for sending me this.  

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David Berliner, How to get rid of your academic fake-self?

Some interesting and good advice from David Berliner, How to get rid of your academic fake-self? Principle of care: – Substitute a politics of competition by an ethics of care (for yourself and for others). Science is about collaborative knowledge … Continue reading

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Pamela L Gay, ‘The Unacknowledged Costs of Academic Travel’ at Medium

Pamela L Gay, The Unacknowledged Costs of Academic Travel at Medium An interesting discussion of the procedures for academic travel and its reimbursement. It’s US focused, but the issue is much wider. I seem to be continually owed money by three … Continue reading

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