Category Archives: Universities

Stern review of Research Excellence Framework

Lord Nicholas Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework is now available here. For those outside UK higher education, the REF is the means by which academic research is evaluated for league tables and funding. This independent review makes recommendations … Continue reading

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Tim Ingold, ‘Reclaiming the University of Aberdeen’

A powerful piece by Tim Ingold, ‘Reclaiming the University of Aberdeen’: We, staff and students of the University of Aberdeen, are angry. We are angry about the way our academic community and our commitment to education and scholarship have been … Continue reading

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Why do so many academics publish in unreadable outlets?

Why do so many academics publish in unreadable outlets? I don’t mean the prose style is unreadable (though it might be), but I’m thinking of the outlets they chose to publish in. Obviously, I recognise that the ‘gold standard’ for … Continue reading

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Sara Ahmed resigns from Goldsmiths ‘in protest against the failure to address the problem of sexual harassment’

Sara Ahmed has resigned from Goldsmiths. Her initial statement is here, and some reasons are elaborated here. It is with sadness that I announce that I have resigned from my post at Goldsmiths. It is not the time to give a full account … Continue reading

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Repainting the higher education sector – download WONKHE edited collection

Repainting the higher education sector – open access WONKHE edited collection about the recent UK Higher Education and Research White Paper and Bill. Download our edited collection of the best analysis and commentary so far about the Higher Education and Research … Continue reading

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The UCU and the industrial action – research and ineffective strategies

The UCU has, following a ballot on industrial action, announced that there will be a two-day strike on 25-26 May 2016, followed by “an instruction to members to work to contract with effect from 25/05/2016”. Four years ago I had … Continue reading

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Durham IAS 2017-18 Structure Fellowship is now open – closing date 10th June 2016

Durham IAS 2017-18 Structure Fellowship is now open – closing date 10th June 2016 The Institute of Advanced Study is Durham University’s flagship interdisciplinary research institute, providing a central forum for debate and collaboration across the entire disciplinary spectrum. The … Continue reading

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Academic Exam Questions – JOUR 101: Academic Journal Protocols

JOUR 101: Academic Journal Protocols Answer all questions. Please. Time allowed: four weeks. Six will be fine, actually, and to be honest, any time that suits you in the next three or four months will probably have to do. Just … Continue reading

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Workload survival guide for academics – advice in the Times Higher Education

Workload survival guide for academics – advice in the Times Higher Education. I have a short piece in there on making time for writing; good contributions on saying ‘no’ to opportunities, referee reports, committee work, etc.

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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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