Category Archives: Universities

The right to have visiting rights- Seyla Benhabib and her visit to the UK

The right to have visiting rights– The story of Seyla Benhabib and her visit to the UK. There’s a small but telling irony behind an important lecture at Cambridge tomorrow evening (Monday, 13 February) on migrants, refugees, and “the right … Continue reading

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The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting at the LSE blog

The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting at the LSE blog. Some interesting discussion, not least because it puts the emphasis on the (perceived) quality of publications, not the absolute quantity.  

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Delete your academia.edu account… (there are other ways to share your work)

Last night I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – I deleted my academia.edu account. A post by Kris Olds on Twitter linking to this story in Forbes was the spur. I have a page on … Continue reading

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Notes on Academic Productivity at OrgTheory

Some notes on Academic Productivity at OrgTheory – via The Sociological Imagination. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of scholars who, by any conventional standard, are very productive and they aren’t stuffing the CV with obscure publications. And I’ve … Continue reading

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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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