Universities

The mind virus killing academia

12 January 2022 6:00 pm

We lost a giant last month with E.O. Wilson’s passing. A man who stood on Darwin’s shoulders, Wilson had that…

Some (tentative) reasons to be cheerful in 2022

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Someone sent me a job advert recently for a Junior Research Fellowship at Queen’s College, Oxford. It states: ‘The Queen’s…

My meeting with the Durham University mob

18 December 2021 9:00 am

My abiding memory of this fairly appalling year is of the face of the young student at Durham University who…

Why liberals must stand with Kathleen Stock

12 October 2021 4:15 am

I know what it feels like to be bullied and vilified for expressing views with which, eventually, many right-minded people…

How the culture wars are killing Western classical music

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Ian Pace on musicology’s culture wars

The rise and rise of hate hoaxing

3 October 2021 3:00 pm

Last week, some racist graffiti was found at Parkway North and Parkway Central schools in the Midwest American state of…

America’s campus culture wars come for St Andrews

2 October 2021 9:14 am

The University of St Andrews has been keen on American imports for some time. Americans make up 16 per cent…

When will exams get back to normal?

12 August 2021 8:47 pm

It wouldn’t be credible to say that this year’s A-Levels grades are comparable with 2019’s: almost 45 per cent of entries…

A culture of fear has taken over at Edinburgh university

20 June 2021 5:00 pm

It is undeniable that the University of Edinburgh is the jewel in the crown of Scotland’s higher education system. Among…

The problem with decolonising Shakespeare

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Scarcely a day passes without a major British institution announcing it is ‘decolonising’ itself. Most recently it was the turn…

Why universities are bad for the arts

13 May 2021 4:02 pm

Members of the arts establishment have spent the past week outraged, following news that for the upcoming academic year funding…

Do spelling and grammar still matter?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Some universities have announced that spelling and grammar (i.e. morphology and syntax) are not all that important, but quality of…

In defence of Flannery O’Connor

3 April 2021 9:00 am

I have a thought for the students of Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland: this Easter, why not resurrect Flannery O’Connor?…

University challenge: conservatives are now the radicals on campus

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Conservatives are now the radicals on campus

The secret code of the ruling class

27 February 2021 9:00 am

I naively hoped that last year’s statement by the Equalities Minister explaining why unconscious bias training was being phased out…

My advice for the next ‘free speech champion’

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I was delighted to hear the government plans to appoint a ‘free speech champion’ to the board of the Office…

Of course there's a free speech crisis on campus

18 February 2021 11:02 pm

A free speech crisis on campus? Apparently, it’s a myth, concocted by right-wing commentators and latched on to by a…

Where would politics be without fighting talk?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Tencent Wykeham’ has a ring to it. It captures how easily British universities can be bought. It is the new…

How to be ‘liberal’, according to the ancients

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Certain parts of academia seem to wish to turn the study of classics away from a historical, language- and evidence-based…

It isn’t always easy to give money away

3 October 2020 9:00 am

I always felt sorry for my father, then president of a chronically strapped educational institution, for having ceaselessly to approach…

University challenge: the next education crisis

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Many institutions face the fight of their lives

The proof that free speech in universities is in peril

8 August 2020 9:00 am

About 18 months ago, I attended a debate at Policy Exchange, the think tank founded by Nick Boles, Francis Maude…

Why do we still struggle to see Xi’s China as a threat?

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Why do we still struggle to see Xi’s China as a threat?

Open letters have become ransom notes

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In the States, the ‘open letter’ is enjoying quite the formal renaissance. Curiously, recent examples of this newly popular epistolary…

The lost boys: the white working class is being left behind

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Britain’s forgotten demographic