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I’m an unethical investment, get me out of here!

I have to admit to being disappointed by my University’s stance on divestment. The story continues to murmur on a fortnight after the decision was announced.   I actually tend to … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why being a professor is NOT like running a small business

This week, Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College, London, reiterated a tired old comparison between academics/professors and small business owners. In a proposition I have heard from many academics, … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

“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

Six ways to better “followership” in academia

After my last blog entry espousing the benefits of “followership” in academia, a few people asked me to explain what followership actually entails. So, here are 6 things you might … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · Leave a 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

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