Universities

Why liberals must stand with Kathleen Stock

12 October 2021 4:15 am

I know what it feels like to be bullied and vilified for expressing views with which, eventually, many right-minded people…

How the culture wars are killing Western classical music

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Ian Pace on musicology’s culture wars

The rise and rise of hate hoaxing

3 October 2021 3:00 pm

Last week, some racist graffiti was found at Parkway North and Parkway Central schools in the Midwest American state of…

America’s campus culture wars come for St Andrews

2 October 2021 9:14 am

The University of St Andrews has been keen on American imports for some time. Americans make up 16 per cent…

When will exams get back to normal?

12 August 2021 8:47 pm

It wouldn’t be credible to say that this year’s A-Levels grades are comparable with 2019’s: almost 45 per cent of entries…

A culture of fear has taken over at Edinburgh university

20 June 2021 5:00 pm

It is undeniable that the University of Edinburgh is the jewel in the crown of Scotland’s higher education system. Among…

The problem with decolonising Shakespeare

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Scarcely a day passes without a major British institution announcing it is ‘decolonising’ itself. Most recently it was the turn…

Why universities are bad for the arts

13 May 2021 4:02 pm

Members of the arts establishment have spent the past week outraged, following news that for the upcoming academic year funding…

Do spelling and grammar still matter?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Some universities have announced that spelling and grammar (i.e. morphology and syntax) are not all that important, but quality of…

In defence of Flannery O’Connor

3 April 2021 9:00 am

I have a thought for the students of Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland: this Easter, why not resurrect Flannery O’Connor?…

University challenge: conservatives are now the radicals on campus

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Conservatives are now the radicals on campus

The secret code of the ruling class

27 February 2021 9:00 am

I naively hoped that last year’s statement by the Equalities Minister explaining why unconscious bias training was being phased out…

My advice for the next ‘free speech champion’

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I was delighted to hear the government plans to appoint a ‘free speech champion’ to the board of the Office…

Of course there's a free speech crisis on campus

18 February 2021 11:02 pm

A free speech crisis on campus? Apparently, it’s a myth, concocted by right-wing commentators and latched on to by a…

Where would politics be without fighting talk?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Tencent Wykeham’ has a ring to it. It captures how easily British universities can be bought. It is the new…

How to be ‘liberal’, according to the ancients

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Certain parts of academia seem to wish to turn the study of classics away from a historical, language- and evidence-based…

It isn’t always easy to give money away

3 October 2020 9:00 am

I always felt sorry for my father, then president of a chronically strapped educational institution, for having ceaselessly to approach…

University challenge: the next education crisis

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Many institutions face the fight of their lives

The proof that free speech in universities is in peril

8 August 2020 9:00 am

About 18 months ago, I attended a debate at Policy Exchange, the think tank founded by Nick Boles, Francis Maude…

Why do we still struggle to see Xi’s China as a threat?

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Why do we still struggle to see Xi’s China as a threat?

Open letters have become ransom notes

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In the States, the ‘open letter’ is enjoying quite the formal renaissance. Curiously, recent examples of this newly popular epistolary…

The lost boys: the white working class is being left behind

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Britain’s forgotten demographic

What would it mean to ‘decolonise’ the Classics?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Can the Classics escape the grip of their past?

What should you charge for a virtual conference?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

From time to time, every industry must adapt to some inconvenient technological advance. Suddenly, some part of what you offer…

The perils of owning an erotic Nazi toy

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

My parents told me that their wartime childhoods were punctuated by the expression: ‘Don’t you know there’s a war on?’…