Category Archives: Universities

Promoted from doctor to professor: what changes?

Promoted from doctor to professor: what changes? – various people, including my ex-Durham colleague Harriet Bulkeley, give their take on this in The Times Higher Education.

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Network of Concerned Geographers – petition about US geography and the military

Network of Concerned Geographers – I’ve just signed this letter and hope others do too. We, the undersigned, the Network of Concerned Geographers (NCG), are concerned about the growing involvement of the US military in the discipline of geography. The … Continue reading

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Johannes Angermuller on ‘How do you define yourself as an academic?’

Interesting piece by my Warwick colleague Johannes Angermuller on ‘How do you define yourself as an academic?‘ in The Times Higher. Researchers should be free from constraints that prevent them from the pursuit of scientific truth – this is an … Continue reading

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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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