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Why study for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)?

When I began my Master of Business Administration (MBA) five years ago, I had one clear goal: to graduate. My plan was to go back to school, challenge myself, and return to work. It was a one-off adventure that I wanted to embark upon to refresh my life. Upon completing my MBA, however, I felt…

Higher education in the UK is morally bankrupt. I’m taking my...

As academics in England prepare for their strange new semester, I have been making the most of the familiar countryside of the idyllic North Downs in Kent. This summer, the picnics and the walks have been bittersweet: after more than 25 years in the UK, I am leaving to take up a professorship at Hamburg…

Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold...

In February 1970, students occupying the registry at Warwick University discovered dozens of incriminating documents. The university, at the behest of the business interests that dominated its governing council, was apparently spying on its lecturers and students and keeping files on their political activities. Among the targets was Prof David Montgomery, one of America’s most…

A short overview of the UARCTIC Network and the opportunities it...

Cover shot – A view of Nuuk, October 2017 What is the UARCTIC? When I started studying the Arctic Region and its indigenous peoples, I had little knowledge about its features and peculiarities. After moving to Rovaniemi at the end of 2016, I started to acquire a better understanding of the European Arctic, but I…

Undergraduate Research 101

Thinking that research is just for graduate students? Think again. Undergraduate research programs serve a vital role at virtually every university across the nation. These departments exist to get undergraduates involved in high-level university research. You may feel overwhelmed when trying to figure out how to get involved with your campus’ research program. Fear not…

Malcolm Brynin obituary

My former colleague Malcolm Brynin, the influential sociologist and leading expert on labour market inequalities, has died aged 70 of cancer. He was the longest serving member of staff at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, joining the team in 1989 to work on the development of the…

‘The MIT of the north’: how the government plans to transform...

In 1984, police and striking miners fought at the coking plant at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, in one of the most violent and pivotal clashes in British industrial history. Today, Orgreave is the site of another battle, one that may determine the fate of the government’s plan to build an “MIT of the north”. The Massachusetts…

Prevent doesn’t stop students being radicalised. It just reinforces Islamophobia |...

The UK government has long maintained that radicalisation is a problem in universities and that Prevent, the national counter-terror programme, is an essential means of tackling it. Yet recently the Office for Students reported very little such activity: in 2017-18, only 15 referrals were made by universities to Channel in England (the Prevent rehabilitation programme),…

SCI Scholarship, my PhD and me

During the first six months of my PhD in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre of Doctoral Training (SOFI CDT), I and 20 other PhD students (Cohort 5 of SOFI) had the opportunity to act as “consultants” as part of our training of understanding soft matter science within an industrial and multidisciplinary context. This business awareness…

“What will you do after your PhD?”

This well-intended question is a persistent source of anxiety for PhD students (myself included). You can feel subjected to a disproportionate level of career-related questioning. The end of a PhD can feel like an ominous T-junction: do you take the academic route, or the non-academic route? I’ve found this binary approach difficult to shake, but…

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