Universities

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

What would it mean to ‘decolonise’ the Classics?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Can the Classics escape the grip of their past?

What should you charge for a virtual conference?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

From time to time, every industry must adapt to some inconvenient technological advance. Suddenly, some part of what you offer…

The perils of owning an erotic Nazi toy

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

My parents told me that their wartime childhoods were punctuated by the expression: ‘Don’t you know there’s a war on?’…

Six weeks is too long for an election campaign

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The number of parties represented in national election debate multiplies. There are now seven crowding on to television podiums and…

Campus free speech is a thing of the past

13 November 2019 1:56 am

Not that long ago, the sorts of views that were verboten on a university campus were genuinely out-there and nasty:…

Universities don’t need to be lectured about racism

2 November 2019 9:00 am

I’ve been contacted by a professor at a leading Russell Group university who is worried about the spread of progressive…

Adversity is the new diversity – and it disadvantages everyone

25 May 2019 9:00 am

To clear up any confusion, American SATs are closer to A-levels than to British primary-school SATs. In my day, this…

Men are playing with fire by having drunken sex

6 April 2019 9:00 am

It is late, on a wet Tuesday evening in November, and I am driving home, listening to endless talk of…

Why I hate ‘the n-word’

2 March 2019 9:00 am

One of the depressing aspects of writing a column attuned to social hypocrisy is so rarely running short of new…

Free speech is officially dead in British universities

17 November 2018 9:00 am

When I first read about plans for a new academic periodical called The Journal of Controversial Ideas, I got the…

Sending more people to uni isn’t the answer

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Imagine a world where employers judged applicants solely on their dress. Anyone in frayed clothes or scuffed shoes would never…

The neo-Marxist takeover of our universities

8 September 2018 9:00 am

According to Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, America’s universities have succumbed to ‘safetyism’, whereby students are protected from anything that…

Our great universities are struggling – but not because of Brexit

12 May 2018 9:00 am

British universities have serious problems. The recent strikes protesting against a sudden reduction in pension rights were unusually effective, and…

You can’t beat Corbyn with Miliband – but the Tories are trying to anyway

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Tuition fees have all but killed the Liberal Democrats. The breach of their manifesto pledge to abolish the charges, compounded…

The curious star appeal of Jordan Peterson

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Last Sunday night a capacity crowd of mainly young people packed into the Emmanuel Centre in London. Those who couldn’t…

Letters: the tyranny of ‘equality of outcome’ in education

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Equality of outcome Sir: Rod Liddle exposes some deep flaws in the way children are prepared to play their part…

Letters

26 August 2017 9:00 am

In defence of General Lee Sir: In your leader ‘America’s identity crisis’ (19 August) you state that ‘When General Lee…

Varsity blues

19 August 2017 9:00 am

A vast cohort of bright young things have secured their university places with A-level success this week. But things are…

Generation Snowflake: how we train our kids to be censorious cry-babies

4 June 2016 9:00 am

We’re training our children to be thin-skinned, censorious and belligerently entitled

British universities are whipping up a mad boom that’s bound to go bust

14 May 2016 9:00 am

British higher education is in a boom that’s bound to go bust

Michael Dobbs’s diary: Talking House of Cards with President Xi

30 April 2016 9:00 am

I’m a lucky man. My novel House of Cards transformed my life, yet I wrote it almost by accident nearly…