funding

Sociology at Strathclyde under the axe due to ‘critical’ stance

What’s the real reason behind the closure of the Sociology programme at Strathclyde? Published in Network, the magazine of the British Sociological Association.

Unsustainable system

Do academics have a moral obligation to freeze their pay? A letter published in the Times Higher Education Supplement.

Useful for Whom?

Universities pursuing the advancement of society — or the advancement of business interests? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Luck and the Waiting Game

In the scramble for limited funding, it’s a game of hurry up and wait — for students and departments alike. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Venture-Capitalism and Higher Education

In many sectors, we invest in the areas that promise the greatest short-term rewards. Is this an appropriate model for educational funding? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Fundraising and Pride

The reality of American universities’ fundraising strategies…. Does Scotland really want to cultivate a “culture of giving?” Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Gender Bias on the Web

Case studies on student advice websites show disturbing sexist tendencies. Maybe I should take up stripping to fund my PhD? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Funding

The politics of funding for international students: subsidising the wealthy and excluding the poor in a country that wants “fresh talent.” Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Indentured Servitude: The Real Tragedy of Student Debt

My personal experience with student debt, and the wider politics it reveals. Published in WireTap Magazine, and on AlterNet.

Tuition Fees Create a Debtor’s Prison

The reality of student debt in America, its effects on wider society, and hard questions for Scotland. Published in the Scotsman.

The Reality Gap

Grant allocations, double standards, and student advice websites.

Danger of Top-Up Fees

Warning that student debt brings heavy social burdens. Letter to the Editor in the Scotsman.