Academic standards… falling behind NSS? @timeshighered

It seems that everyone knows someone who has worked in the food industry who delights in telling hygiene horror stories, followed by the dire warning: don’t eat such-and-such a brand’s burgers or biscuits. At least some of these tales appear to be more than urban myths and result in prosecutions, and public hygiene inspectors have become the stars of the small screen. So why don’t we seem to hear about the many horrendous human errors Continue Reading →

In Defence of History (Richard Overy)

“Beset by the twin pressures of democratisation and ‘impact’, the study of the past faces an uncertain future. Richard Overy analyses the threats and offers hope that history will triumph It is the year 2050. A bright young sixth-former is discussing her choice of university course with her grandmother. She is considering a degree in heritage studies. “Is it really true that you did a course called history at uni?” she asks. “Yes,” her grandmother Continue Reading →

Being philosophical may be limited to ‘leisured’ classes

Post-1992s scrap courses as students avoid ‘non-vocational’ subject. Hannah Fearn reports Philosophy is in danger of becoming the preserve of “leisured gentlemen” as post-1992 universities scrap courses because of dwindling student numbers. Three new universities have decided to close philosophy courses in the past two years, while others have axed plans to introduce degrees in the subject. The closures are significant as less than a third of new universities – just 19 out of 64 Continue Reading →

War in the Fields and Villages: The County War Agricultural Committees in England, 1939–45

Author: Brian Short Date: October 2007 Source: Rural History / Volume 18 / Issue 02 / October 2007 pp 217-244 State intervention in the United Kingdom’s farming industry was necessitated by the problems of the interwar depression and the lead up to World War Two and the emergency wartime food programme. This brought the need for greater bureaucratic machinery which would connect individual farmers and their communities with central government. Crucial from 1939 in this respect was the formation of the Continue Reading →

War Tourisms: ‘Englishness’, Art and the First World War

Author: Sue Malvern Date: June 2001 Source: Oxford Art Journal;2001, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p45 This article analyses how constructions of Englishness and landscape in the First World War and after were marked by a series of double displacements. British official war artists’ work was published as propaganda. In books such as The Western Front, northern France was judged against an ‘Englishness’ itself being renegotiated through its encounter with imagined German stereotype. After the war, a Continue Reading →