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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

The Myth of the Meritocratic Grant System

On twitter I recently came across this petition against the University of Warwick. Apparently the University of Warwick is “undertaking a series of redundancy exercises predicated on the notion … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 1 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

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

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