It’s the breadth that matters

I was taught by Nigel Tubbs (years ago) as part of my Education Studies degree. Liberal arts degrees are appearing in the UK and arousing much interest. Protagonists claim that the wide-ranging education provides more rounded individuals who are better prepared for modern employment. Rebecca Attwood writes Nigel Tubbs, professor of philosophical and educational thought at the University of Winchester, has encountered a few false impressions when promoting his university's new degree in modern liberal…

Reality checks

Do academics live in the real world? I, personally, think every academic should have a go at a non-academic job or two before disappearing into 'the academy', and seeing what a privileged position it has been, yet to see if it's going to stay so: Academics have long been criticised for being out of touch with the real world. Matthew Reisz finds that many make great efforts to dispel ivory tower attitudes, but others believe…

Guiding light in death’s shadow

Greats back humanities' role in democratic health and personal consolation. Matthew Reisz writes Scientists and philosophers rallied to the defence of the beleaguered humanities at a panel discussion organised by the British Philosophical Association last week. Speaking at the London School of Economics on Valuing the Humanities, Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund distinguished service professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago, said the arguments for the disciplines "should persuade anyone committed to democracy,…

'Learn to share more': Willetts predicts new collaborative age in wake of capital cuts

Well, I'm all in favour of collaboration, maybe we will stop wasting resources (let's try and look for the bright points in what is going to be a difficult few years). Government announces 45.7 per cent reduction over four years. Paul Jump reports Sharp declines in the research capital budget will bring about a new era of collaboration among universities, according to David Willetts. The universities and science minister was speaking in the wake of…
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