Teaching Overseas: A Cultural Challenge

Fascinating insight into teaching practice from Dr Jennifer Hill, a lecturer who had a six-month tour of Iraq with the Royal Engineers as a Territorial Army officer: But Dr Hill's time in Iraq was not just about serving Queen and country. Working with a completely different set of students made her a better teacher, she believes. "We were there doing post-war reconstruction and helping to get their infrastructure back on track," she said. "I was in…

‘Work is Exhausting’ @timeshighered

Gender seemed to have most impact on the way burnout revealed itself, the study suggests. Male lecturers typically had higher depersonalisation scores, for example, while their female peers tended to suffer more emotional exhaustion. This probably reflected, the authors suggest, the draining effect on women who were having to "juggle multiple roles at work and at home", on the one hand, and their reluctance to adopt "a distant, indifferent professional persona" on the other. The…

Wherefore art thou, Haldane? State plans for humanities research

"I recently wrote a post for the blog "Humanities Matter" drawing attention to what I felt was a new level of government influence over the funding of humanities research, as evidenced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' research allocation for 2011-14. An article by Iain Pears in the London Review of Books came to very similar conclusions, and last week The Observer picked up the story. In its report, The Observer focused on the conspicuous…

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…

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…