Academia

Surviving Student Halls

James Gullis | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Gullis

To make the most of your time in halls, remember that not everyone will agree with you, will share your values or will have a similar lifestyle. Be open, be accepting and most of all be considerate. Student halls are a once in a lifetime experience, so take time to enjoy it!

Complicity With The Social Care Crisis

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

ven more recently some of us have gathered forces internationally to form Citizen Network, a cooperative movement to act and advocate for citizenship for everyone. It is only when we realise that every single one us matters, in all our diversity and frailty, that we can create a world which is safe and secure for all of us.

Are Archaeologists Legitimate Treasure Hunters?

Emma Rosen | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Rosen

It rains a lot in the Carpathian Mountains. You can see the storm clouds roll over the top of the hills, threatening any fair-weather archaeologists in the valley where Sarmisegetuza is nestled, far below.

On The Academic Road To Nowhere - One Scientist's Story

Emily Brown | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech
Emily Brown

I have always loved animals. When I was at primary school I was unable to reach the front entrance without stopping to remove imperilled earthworms from the pavement and safely return them to soil. Even as a teenager, on summer holidays in France I was more concerned with patrolling the swimming pool for drowning insects than tanning myself on a lounger.

Stop Defending God's Gender - They Don't Need One

Ellie Backhouse | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Ellie Backhouse

The latest efforts of some sections of the media to brand Oxford University a haven of over-zealous liberalism has forced Wycliffe Hall - a theologica...

Scientific Ego And The Value Of Failure

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Tech
Adrienne Macartney

We would get to Mars quicker by doing so. We would understand the consequences of fracking and geoengineering on our planet better by doing so. It would entirely adjust the way modern academic science operates. So where does this start? Who goes first discussing how they fail in their life tasks? Who damages their career and reputation first? Will you?

The A-Z of the PhD: D-F

Heather Jeffrey | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Heather Jeffrey

D, E, and F follow A, B, and C. D is for depression, but it could have been for disillusion, deceit, disagreement or even desk (check out #PhDdesk fo...

The A-Z of the PhD

Heather Jeffrey | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Heather Jeffrey

In advance of academic writing month in November, I thought I'd write about something that I think I know quite a lot about: the process of doing a Ph...

Who Says Girls Aren't 'Meant' to Like Science?

Dr Sam Giles | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Sam Giles

I always knew that I would be a scientist. As a child I loved exploring the world around me; I was fascinated by fossils and had a voracious appetite for any science books, documentaries or experiments.

Essay Writing Companies: The New Growing Threat for Students in Higher Education

Robiu Salisu | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Robiu Salisu

Last week I was interviewed by the BBC on the concerns that have been raised about the growing number of websites offering students bespoke academic e...

The Challenge With Gifted Children

Sarah Newton | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

I work with a lot of bright children. Children destined to get A and A * grades and what I have noticed is that most people look at them in envy, wishing they could be them, wishing they could be as intelligent and find exams as easy as they do. Some even question all the work and extra help that goes into helping bright kids because let's face it, they are going to do well anyway!

A Call to Arms (Or Pens) Against Anti-Intellectualism

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Politics
Amitava Banerjee

"The pen is mightier than the sword" and "knowledge is power" are maxims that have inspired academics for generations to write journal papers, gain grant funding and give lectures. Unfortunately, neither politicians, media nor our population are inside our echo chamber.

English Degree Survival 101

April Salchert | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK
April Salchert

Over the last few months I've decided to dust off my PhD proposal. As I've contemplated returning to the academic world, I've reflected on the last fe...

Not a Post About Gender and Academia

Heather Jeffrey | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Heather Jeffrey

More and more of us are choosing to undertake a PhD, or at least it feels that way with the number of blog posts and YouTube videos dedicated to the t...

Career and Life Advice for Women in Tech

Sue Black | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Tech
Sue Black

What did you want to do when you were five years old? I wanted to be a driver of a big red London bus. I thought that would be the best job in the world. As I got older my thoughts changed slightly.

Ada Lovelace and Tourism

Heather Jeffrey | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Tech
Heather Jeffrey

Ada is thought to be the first female computer programmer and her name has been given to this otherwise nondescript Tuesday in order to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

How Can Academics Survive the Email Post-Holiday Blues?

Dr Natalia Kucirkova | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Natalia Kucirkova

I use Facebook to message with my brother, Viber to exchange pictures with friends, Skype to call my Japanese teacher. But to communicate with my acad...

Guidance for the Naive Undergraduate - Part Twelve: There Is No 'I' in Team, But There Is a 'Me'!

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

During your time at university and as is governed by the varying forms of academic assessment, you are likely to find yourself indulging in the 'this could go either way' delights of group work and recruiting for your very own version of The Breakfast Club.

We Must Break Down Barriers to University-Business Collaboration

Dame Ann Dowling | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Dame Ann Dowling

The UK has a world-leading research base, and when businesses and universities work together, every one of us ultimately benefits.

Back to School: The Importance of Adult Learning

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

If you have ever considered studying for a professional qualification or learning a new skill - like coding or even acrobatics - now is the time to make that leap of faith. You never know how much success you could enjoy as a photographer, an accountant ...or even a TV physicist.

We Need a Free Education, and I Don't Just Mean No Fees

Daisy Hughes | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Hughes

An education system that actively choses to value the voices, practices and methodologies of privilege is damaging to everyone involved, but particularly to students from marginalised groups. The need for a free education comes directly out of this: education should be a source of liberation, not oppression.

Academia in Crisis - Liberal Bias Threatens the Integrity of Our Research

Mahmood Naji | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

Crisis may seem a little alarmist. Maybe it is, but probably not. The Enlightment taught us that there exists no better way for us to accrue knowledge about the world than the dispassionate, evidence-driven approach of the scientific method and, conversely, no bigger obstacle to progress than ideology and dogma.

Review: 'The Uses and Abuses of History' by Margaret MacMillan

James Snell | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Snell

This book is not perfect, certainly, and I would advise anyone short on time to leave out the final fifty pages entirely - nothing of any great value would be missed. But, regardless of these criticisms, any work of historical theory which is written as well as this one is certainly worth looking at and - maybe with caution, in this particular case - taking to heart.

Why we Need to Revolutionise our Study of Cities

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

One of the key questions academics face with this agenda is whether there are limits we will have to heed with urbanisation. Or in other words, can the expansion of cities be a linear scaling driven by the number its inhabitants.

The 'Cambridge Experience': 'Unique' Doesn't Always Mean Good

Daisy Hughes | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Hughes

The reality is that Cambridge is hard, and for many people it is too hard. I don't mean 'hard' here in an academic sense. Of course it is hard in this way, and rightly so. I mean hard in the sense that the overly and unnecessarily stressful way in which Cambridge is set up means that it is hard simply to exist here.