Category Archives: Teaching in HE

Whiteness and the Academy

Let’s start with the observation that I’m ridiculously white. The everyday response to this is to look at me and say, “duh, obviously!”. But people who think about/study race might look at me and say, “duh, obviously!” but mean it … Continue reading

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The Great University Covid Regression?

The UK, Late April 2020 ‘Pre-covid’ life in the UK almost feels like an aeon ago, but we’re only six weeks into it. At the end of February I was in London, co-hosting an event with colleagues, and was still … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Union-ist

Barry was absent-mindedly watching a pair of plump tits in the garden through his home office window. He’d recently refilled the bird feeders – it was nesting season – and the local avian population had been availing itself of the … Continue reading

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Moving on…to the Promised Land? 

A few months ago I wrote about being anxious due to having, I felt, too little space for intellectual development. It’s not that I was standing still, but rather that I was developing more slowly than I could, or than I wanted … Continue reading

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University People…

Higher education is filled with real people. Let’s meet some of them… The Vice Chancellor The Emeritus Professor The Über-successful Scientist (aka ‘A University Carol’) The University Data Manager The Misanthropic Doctoral Student The Reluctant Union-ist The Kingmaker (This is … Continue reading

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Fear of Being Left Behind – the Post-92 Blues?

Another academic year draws to a close, and as September approaches, the cycle of personal and academic renewal and ageing (!) begins afresh. I’m struck by a few things, one of which is that the summer always feels like – … Continue reading

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A ‘real’ example of Grade Inflation

  As with every year, it seems, the newspapers are filled with stories about ‘grade inflation’ at universities. The accusation is that we’re are wantonly generous in our grading, in part because the percentage of students who get an upper … Continue reading

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