higher education & academia

On Spreadsheets and Excellent Teaching

At the Teaching Excellence Awards, students praised lecturers who treat them like human beings. Management should take note. Published in the Times Higher Education Supplement.

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.

In Defense of Sociology & Geography

Why Social Science? Why Higher Education? Looking Behind Strathclyde’s Disinvestment Strategy.

Unsustainable system

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

Labour Exploitation in Academia

Is exploitation acceptable when it comes with the prestige of a PhD? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Unconventional Solutions

The Centre for Human Ecology is feeling the financial crunch that’s squeezing all of higher education. Its response is to call upon its most valuable resource: its graduates. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Research Ethics

Ethics paperwork protects the rights of research participants… But is there more to ethics than paperwork? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Intellectual growth

Marking first-year essays has reminded me of where I started, and everything I’ve learned along the way. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Essay-writing

All British university students are required to write essays…. So why isn’t essay-writing taught anywhere? Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Tutoring and Technology

My first experiences with tutoring, and why technology can supplement real teaching — not replace it. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Useful for Whom?

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

New Year

The start of my second year brings me out of silence, and into questions about what kind of academic I want to be. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Scotland’s Greenest MSc

The Centre for Human Ecology offers a radical, transformative MSc…. And its “green graduates” are changing the world. Published in the Scotsman.

Reflections on Technology

The technology that is indispensible to modern research, and low-tech solutions for the problems it creates. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.

Reading and Transformation

My style of learning and understanding has completely changed — and now I understand the point of a PhD. Column on the Education page of the Scotsman.