Popular Front: Is Niall Ferguson a ‘proper’ historian?

"Anyone seeking an academic with "impact" should look no further than Niall Ferguson. His books and television series about the British Empire, its American successor and the bloody 20th century have been hugely popular. Whether they irritate, inform or entertain, they have certainly got people talking about big historical questions - and their relevance to today's challenges. Yet they have also led to a good deal of criticism from other scholars, on the grounds that…

Hey, you, get off of my cloud: are scholars too selfish to share IT?

Academics must change to get the best from technology, Jisc hears. Hannah Fearn reports Academics are failing to make the most of universities' cloud computing services because of their lack of technical expertise and their reluctance to share resources, a conference has heard. Speaking in Liverpool last week at Jisc's annual conference, Paul Watson, professor of computer science at Newcastle University, said that universities must change to realise the huge benefits of the technology. They…

Meet and greet: bridging the academic/cultural divide

Matthew Reisz on an ESRC-funded seminar series aiming for closer links between arts and education At a time when both cultural institutions and the study of the humanities and social sciences face an uncertain future in the wake of government funding cuts, there is much to be gained from dialogue between academics, artists and curators. That is the central premise of New Perspectives on Education and Culture, a seminar series funded by the Economic and…

Submission of ‘Reflective Portfolio’ for PGCLTHE

The Practice of Teaching in Higher Education 29-3-11The first draft had a lot more quotes/background material in it, but I was asked to pull it back to allow more of my own reflections to shine through (and it was too long anyway!). Let's see what happens, eh? Taking it into work on Thursday, and assuming it passes (50% +), then I will become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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