“Circle of university life in the age of neoliberalism carries on”

Painful to read – new insight into the open access debate & policy: The cost of academic publishing has been thrown back on to universities which will in turn inevitably be forced to make economic and strategic decisions about which academic papers they should fund. Expensive and elaborate peer-review mechanisms will have to be established […]

A secret agent’s secrets we can learn from

An interesting book has emerged that tries to give us general work place advice from a rather unlikely field: spying. Writes Lucy Kellaway on FT: The main lesson from Work Like a Spy is that we are much more likely to get what we want if we watch other people carefully. It helps to identify […]

Outsourcing or outsmarting?

You remember the news about the American programmer who outsourced his job to a Chinese for a pittance? Well, did you know Damien Hirst doesn’t do his art? Only Students, of course, are not allowed to outsource their work (unless it’s a form of group work). What then constitutes as the fine line? Lucy Kellaway […]

High street’s day of the dead – Welcomed!

Sunday’s article in the Guardian Business sector is an interesting account of the current economic climate, retail market and customer preference. After our household just recently bought into the “tablet hype” we too have been quite keen to follow the market trends in electronics and the competition out there. I wouldn’t like to be an […]

Tremors from translating science into advice

A recently tried court case in Italy caused an uproar in the science community after jailing six scientists and one politician who failed to warn the public about an improbable seismic event in 2009. Accountability in such cases is surely difficult to determine, especially when people were acting according to their best understanding of the […]