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Book Review: Resisting Dialogue: Modern Fiction and the Future of Dissent by Juan Meneses

In Resisting Dialogue: Modern Fiction and the Future of Dissent, Juan Meneses questions the assumption that dialogue is an inherent good, exploring how it can be deliberately used as a depoliticising force to eliminate dissent. Weaving together politic…

What COVID-19 should teach us about being disabled, chronically ill and/or neurodivergent in higher education

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic a significant and influential body of academic research had begun to take shape around the experience of ableism within the academy. In this post, Nicole Brown reflects on how the pandemic has made this work more relevant…

What does COVID-19 mean for the evaluation of the Impact criterion in REF2021?

The concept of research impact represents, to a degree, a formal way of understanding the productive relationships forged between academic research and the wider world. Unsurprisingly, these relationships took on entirely new dimensions as the COVID-19…

Seeing the world like Wikipedia – What you should know about how the world’s largest encyclopedia works.

Wikipedia has become focal point in the way in which information is accessed and communicated within modern societies. In this post, Zachary J. McDowell and Matthew A. Vetter discuss the principles that have enabled Wikipedia to assume this position an…

Universities, Economic Development and ‘Levelling Up’ – How can universities make a positive impact on their local areas?

Based on the findings of a recent report into the ways in which higher education institutions contribute to the development of their local regions. Mark Tewdwr-Jones and Louise Kempton, discuss the complexity of aligning the goals of higher education t…

Female researchers are more read and less cited because they more often engage in research for societal progress

The gender gap in citations between male and female researchers is well documented. However, the reasons for this gap are less certain and widely contested. Discussing findings from a mixed methods analysis of research publications from Norway, Lin Zha…

Facebook, the metaverse and the monetisation of higher education

Following the recent announcement by Facebook of its pivot towards developing a metaverse, John Preston, considers the role it may play in education and the potential it holds for the further monetisation and marketisation of higher education.  The met…

Q and A with Dr Dylan Mulvin on Proxies: The Cultural Work of Standing In

We speak to Dr Dylan Mulvin, Assistant Professor in LSE Department of Media and Communications, about his book Proxies: The Cultural Work of Standing In, which examines the ways in which proxies shape our lives, the histories of their production and ho…

Impact Monoculture – Are all impact case studies the same old story?

The impact of quantitative research measures on academic behaviours have been widely discussed, but the impact of qualitative assessment regimes is more often thought of as benign. Drawing on an analysis of impact case studies submitted to REF 2014, Ju…

Higher Education Science Fictions – How fictional narratives can shape AI futures in the academy

AI is poised to reshape many sectors of our society and economy including higher education. However, the character of this future is often imagined from within particular academic silos or through what technologies can do rather than proven need. In th…