Fears for the Humanities in British Universities.

Interesting article in the Guardian this weekend – always lots to think about when we think about the purpose of the humanities and/or the way it is funded: Currently fixed in the crosshairs are the disciplines of the humanities – arts, languages and social sciences – which have suffered swingeing Continue Reading →

Open Access Journals: Desirable and Inevitable?

Interesting piece from Times Higher Education: We continue to witness a lot of back and forth between publishers and open-access advocates about the merits of Research Councils UK’s open-access policy – but where does it leave journal editors? Some have echoed the publishers’ fears that open access will ruin their Continue Reading →

Humanities: Key

The importance of humanities – it’s not all about ‘science’: Given the range and complexity of global challenges, the marginalisation of the humanities in educational systems seems perverse. After all, the humanities are devoted to the study of the human condition and the ways in which individual and collective subjectivities Continue Reading →

Humanities Postgraduates? Preserve of the Rich?

I received a small bursary from the University of Winchester in order to undertake my history PhD … is such a possibility going to become the exclusive preserve of large institutions with huge reserves of money/gifting? I gained a huge amount from being a part of the department, rather than Continue Reading →

Humanities Research 'Surfdom'

As someone who was involved in early digital humanities research (building a database of wartime propaganda posters in order to be able to identify themes/patterns in the posters), this story is really interesting: We are now witnessing what Martin Wynne, Oxford University Computing Services liaison at the Oxford e-Research Centre, Continue Reading →

White Paper: rules may favour the humanities

The government’s new higher education policies could cut student places in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and create extra places in cheaper arts and humanities disciplines, vice-chancellors have warned. A number of senior sector figures are concerned that the core-margin system, unveiled in the government’s higher education White Continue Reading →