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Category Archives: Scholarship

“Destroy awe for Authority…”

I used to deliver the opening lecture of a core course to our honours students.  I thought it worthwhile to present some ideas on the role of tertiary education.  I … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Let’s use IQ tests in REF

There are 10 types of people. Those who understand binary and those that don’t. It’s an old one, but it’s worth retelling. 🙂 There are also two types of academic. … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 8 Comments

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

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