Category Archives: Universities

More family business

Just a quick heads-up that my dad has posted an extended comment (or I’ve posted it for him) on the previous blogpost about his 7th decade of scientific publication. The comment has some links to more early 60s x-ray crystallography … Continue reading

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Board of the Kings

In which I take stock, and decide to move on… The world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air. …Though that last smell could be me, … Continue reading

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No surprises likely on UK University fees

To the surprise of pretty much nobody, either in the University or outside, my University has become the latest to announce that undergraduate tuition fees will rise to the full £ 9000 a year from 2012. [Formal announcement from the … Continue reading

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Ome sweet ome

It has been a rather exhausting December, for all kinds of reasons – one of them, though not the biggest, being the move of this blog into its new home at Occam’s Typewriter. Consequently, since my last working day at … Continue reading

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They’ve got (a) form for that

One of the things UK academics can probably all agree on – apart from that they are not yet entirely convinced by NN’s new MT4 blogging platform – is that meaningless oversight, audit, form-filling and box-ticking has risen inexorably in … Continue reading

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Tragic multiple shooting at the University of Alabama puts academic tenure review in the spotlight

The US news networks, Twitter, and now US-based science blogs are aflame with the story of American neuroscientist and nitric oxide researcher, Dr Amy Bishop, who is reported to have been charged with murder after a mass shooting at the … Continue reading

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