Author! Author! Answers

22 01 2017

Fret no more

The answers to the quiz which literally quite a few people have been talking about.

Over on WonkHE I recently set a quiz about academic authors/author academics.

The exciting test was to spot five individuals from a list who are not or were not both academics and writers of fiction. At time of writing this no-one had identified more than three of the five so I thought I had better provide the answers to prevent undue distress.

Here they are then:

Quite a few people got the first three

 

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But these two were a bit harder:

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Quiz: What’s in a University name?

2 12 2016

An exciting university quiz

Musing, as you do, about the names of universities, I was struck by how many North American universities are named after people, often major benefactors such as:

  • McGill University
  • Harvard
  • McMaster University
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Wright State University (always makes me laugh that one)
  • Dartmouth
  • Babson College
  • Hofstra
  • Vassar
  • Brigham Young University
  • Cornell University
  • Stanford
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Brown University
  • Johns Hopkins
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Orville & Wilbur Wright – so clever they had a university named after them

 

But what about the UK universities?

I can think of three which include the names of benefactors and 13 which are named wholly or in part after someone (plus a 14th in this group which no longer exists).

Can you name them?

Answers below

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I could originally only think of three UK universities which include the name of a principal benefactor in their title but actually now I’ve come up with six:
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Harper Adams University
  • Courtauld Institute, University of London
Any advances on these six?
I originally had 13 more with individuals’ names in their titles. List on further consideration is now 20:
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • King’s College London
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of St Andrews
  • York St John University
  • Brunel University
  • De Montfort University
  • Napier University
  • Newman University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Regent’s (debatable as named after Regent’s Park which was originally named after the Prince Regent, later King George IV)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • University of St Mark and St John (2 for the price of 1)
  • St Mary’s University
  • University of Wales Trinity St David
(Plus there was the Victoria University of Manchester until 2004.)
Any others? Note have excluded constituent colleges of collegiate universities.

 





Would you buy a hoody from these people?

21 03 2016

An interesting sales pitch…

No. not that kind of iconic university clothing

No, not that kind of clothing

 

Text of a letter received (with a “clothe” sample) in Vice-Chancellor’s Office. I have changed the name of the company to protect the innocent. They really do need to get someone to work on that translation into English.

 

Dear Vice-Chancellor

I’m the responsible of the relationship between my company and the Universities.

ABC, an Italian fashion company, would like realise a merchandising line for your university.

I have sent you one of our iconic clothe to explain you the high quality of our production.

The University world is always in our D.N.A. and I’d like to speak with the person who cares the merchandising of the University of Nottingham.

I hope to have an help from you and to create a link between two big excellences like ABC and University of Nottingham.

Thanks for your attention.

Thank you indeed.





Gig nostalgia

7 02 2015

Everything But The Girl – January 1985

This academic year Edinburgh University Library has been publishing, each week, the edition of Student from 30 years ago. 1984-85 was my second year as a student at Edinburgh and every one of these brings back some great (mainly) memories. One of my favourites from the 31 January 1985 paper though is this review of the first Everything But The Girl gig I attended:

 

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It’s a rubbish headline obviously and not quite how I remember the gig which to my mind was uniformly wonderful.

That’s nostalgia for you though.





Universities and their Unions: Podcast

4 03 2007

At last…podcast is posted

Universities and Student Unions – even more to be said beyond the original Greatrix, Horton and Bell report.

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In a crude attempt to cover all possible media platforms, there is now available an immensely stimulating podcast of a discussion involving self and Claire Horton facilitated splendidly by Tom Abbott.

First 17 minutes are about international student matters (and although interesting, you might want to come back to that bit later). You can find it at:

Warwick’s podcast site under ‘University relations with student organisations’.

See the Oxcheps site for the original report (it’s listed as Paper 28).





AC21 – more on day 2 and through to day 3

8 07 2006

Follow-up to AC21 – Day 2 (and it’s raining again) from Prole Art Threat

Day 2 concluded wonderfully with excellent session on autonomy v accountabilty in HE from Nigel Norris and a sale of my book (every one counts!).

Day 3 just as good with first rate presentations from John Field, Ron Barnett and Nick Barr, all followed by a really good dinner.

I do wonder though about the description of the menu as featuring highlights from the cuisine of the West Midlands – still sounds strange.





AC21 – Day 2 (and it’s raining again)

5 07 2006

Follow-up to AC21 from Prole Art Threat

OK, so yesterday afternoon, following the opening of the conference, we had two really rather good sessions on the Leadership and Management strand. First up were Ewart Wooldridge (Leadership Foundation) and Jon Baldwin on leadership in HE. Best bit was a very apposite quote from Adlai Stevenson (which I had not heard before):

It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

After that we had Lars Ekholm on the Scandinavian experience of academic leadership – very interesting stuff.

First session this morning – Strategic Management in times of uncertainty – was delivered, with some style as ever, by Mike Shattock. A very helpful reminder of the way we do things here…or at least try to.








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