16 août 2014

A woman finally wins the Fields Medal after 50 years. Why did it take so long?

The Guardian homeBy . Almost half of maths undergraduates are now women, but winning recognition at the very top of the profession has been a battle. Finally, after more than 50 male winners, a Fields Medal goes to a woman mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani. If you tossed a coin 51 times, your probability of 50 tails then a head would be less than one in 2,250,000,000,000,000; but nowadays close to half of maths undergraduates are women. That is a pretty stark juxtaposition. Does Mirzakhani’s success mark a turning point in the battle for women to gain more recognition in mathematics? Read more...

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Life as an international academic: it can mean feeling torn in two

The Guardian homeBy . We are neither expats nor migrated scholars, but double-sided people who bring a competitive edge to British universities. Academics are now highly mobile. We are internationally-focused. Even if our research is highly localised, we are very mindful of the need to foster international conversations, networks and partnerships, and publications. Read more...

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Study reveals cheapest and most expensive universities to attend

The Guardian homeBy . Leicester is rated most affordable and, outside London, Oxford the most expensive, according to research by HSBC.
The research, published as students received their A-level results and discovered which university they would be studying at, found freshers heading off to the Midlands city can expect to spend an average of £196 a week on rent and living costs, compared to more than £315 for those attending UCL or Imperial College in the capital. Read more...

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Safeguarding Warburg’s cultural treasure

The Guardian homeBy Graham Whitaker. Your editorial and associated article (11 August) on the position of the Warburg Institute in relation to the University of London do not fully reflect one feature of the institute. It consists of the library, the photographic collection and the archive, all representative of the Aby Warburg legacy. The third of these is also a cultural treasure, reflecting not only the history and development of the institute both in London and before but also cultural life in Europe and, after the 1933 move to London, in Britain. Its holdings reveal the effort expended by the director, Fritz Saxl, Edgar Wind and other members of the staff in negotiating the transfer from Germany and establishing the institute in its new location. Read more...

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The Guardian view on universities: growing bigger

The Guardian homeBy . This year, an extra 30,000 university places will be added to the overall total. A radical higher education experiment that does not promise an era of settled certainty. Read more...

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Universities focus too much on measuring activity, not quality

The Guardian homeBy . This meaningless pursuit of 'quality' is transforming academics into part-time administrators. Administrators in universities used to be people who would support academics in their role. Now it feels increasingly as if the administrative machine follows Parkinson's law, not only creating more work for themselves (under the guise of quality monitoring) but also more work for people who entered academia. Read more...

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Who governs science?

The Guardian homeBy . Traditionally, science holds itself to account, primarily through internal systems of peer review. But the recent retraction of two papers on stem-cell research by the journal Nature highlights weaknesses in this self-regulatory framework that scientists need to address. Read more...

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Students who say 'no' to £50,000 of debt

The Guardian homeBy James Charles. Getting a degree from a UK university is an expensive business, but young people are exploring other options. Congratulations to all the A-level students who got the grades they need and are heading to university this autumn. But a growing band of young adults are spurning a conventional British university and pursuing other options, ranging from high-level apprenticeships through to scholarships and degrees from low-fee universities abroad. Read more...

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Think small: find your focus in a specialist higher education institution

The Guardian homeBy . Consider smaller specialist institutions instead of large campus universities if big groups of people aren't your thing. Moving from school or college, where you know everyone, to a massive campus-style university thronging with thousands of students can be daunting. But there are alternatives. Much smaller HE institutions, often affiliated to larger universities, maintain a community-style atmosphere where students are in their hundreds rather than thousands, you actually get to know your lecturers and tutors, and many friendships made there can last a lifetime. Read more...

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Increase in claims for tax relief for research and development

The Guardian homeBy . Incentives have been extended in the hope it will put the UK in a strong position to benefit from hi-tech industries. The British spirit of innovation appears to be alive and well after figures showed a jump in the number of UK companies taking up tax relief on research and development (R&D) spending. Read more...

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