Monthly Archives: September 2011

University Life: Why now is the wrong time of the academic year to get anything done….

… and why that’s true for absolutely any value of “now”….. September “It’s the start of the academic year soon, everyone’s concentrating on preparing their teaching” October “It’s the busiest time for teaching.  I’ve got 237 tutorials this week alone” … Continue reading

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A few scrawled lines in defence of the ESRC…

There’s a very strange article in the Times Higher today which claims that the ESRC’s latest “grant application figures raise questions about its future”. Er…. do they?  Seriously?  Why? It’s true that success rates are a problem – down to … Continue reading

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