Acadenema

The antidote to cranial rectal insertion in the academic world

Monthly Archives: November, 2012

Warming a Little to the CDBU

Following on from the their launch last night, I am starting to warm a little to the Council for the Defence of British Universities. On their launch on Tuesday, Keith … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Council for Defence Against the Dark Arts

Joking aside, there is a sense that the CDBU really is Defending Against the Dark Arts, where the Dark Arts are things like “management models”.  Prof Hotson (Chair of the … Continue reading

November 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Independent Scholarship, not “Research-led”

I’m not a fan of the “research-led” mantra that many Universities are so fond of. I think I understand what “research-led” is supposed to mean – that research sets our agenda, … Continue reading

November 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Council for the Defence of British Universities still has some way to go

This week will see the launch of the Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU),  a “diverse group … united by the conviction that the longstanding drift of higher … Continue reading

November 10, 2012 · 4 Comments

What Academia Can Learn From Business

[Reposting from an earlier internal blog] An academic colleague once said to me that “universities need to become more like a business.” At the time, I didn’t really get what … Continue reading

November 1, 2012 · 7 Comments

Academic Disciplines are Brands

I used to think being in an academic discipline was like standing in the corner of a room. When you are in it you know you are and so does … Continue reading

November 1, 2012 · 3 Comments