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Do academics need Followership Training?

How many academics does it take to change a light bulb? As many as you like, but they will do everything they can to resist the change. Many academics I … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

3 Things I Don’t Like About MOOCs

MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) are a wonderful start to a possible future where education is free to all. I support them fully. I may enrol on one. I may … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Knowledge for knowledge’s sake: faith dogma

Last week the principal of Robert Gordon University criticised the notion of “knowledge for knowledge’s sake” in his blog.  He points out that such a notion forms a key driver … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Dear Academia: Are we thought followers or thought leaders?

Academics exist in a little bubble. This is good. More than that, I’d say our bubble-ness is a vital property of what makes the Academy[1] valuable to society at large. … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

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