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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. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ujllWzE6sHbb90EYyR9yaVoXhPiuqzbd9xN-FUg4eEs/viewform?c=0&w=1 Apparently the University of Warwick is “undertaking a series of redundancy exercises predicated on the notion … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 1 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

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

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