University of Oxford Vice Chancellor, Louise Richardson, moves on from Oxford at the end of her seven year term on December 31st 2022. She will then be 64 years old, but has been engaged by the Carnegie Corporation as its first female President from January 1st 2023. She is also the first woman to hold… Continue reading Review and repent – or persist and pay an even higher price ?
The University of Oxford has again been awarded “top spot” in the Times Higher Education global rankings for Universities. This is the 6th year running and coincides with Louise Richardson’s term as Vice Chancellor. Cause and effect ? Coincidence ? I do not doubt that Louise Richardson herself will see this as a team effort;… Continue reading Congratulations Oxford but beware hubris
The more I look at the management of the University of Oxford, the more I begin to wonder about the philosophy informing policy. Is it objective, all round research and education, or is it promoting big ideas and corporate interests which enhance the reputations of those making the proposals ? … Continue reading concern for public welfare or corporate empire building ?
“Women Making History: Shaping Oxford’s Next Century” was a panel discussion with Q&A moderated by Reeta Chakrabarti of the BBC. It was held in the Sheldonian Theatre and livestreamed on the internet. [750 words] The political and philosophical agenda was implicit in the title, the setting, the choice of moderator and the selection of panellists.… Continue reading Centenary celebration or political aspiration ?
[650 words] What is the role and purpose of a University ? Academic research and education ? Social engineering and political indoctrination ? Indeed, is it possible to make a clear distinction between the academic and educational on the one hand, and the implementation of a philosophical agenda on the other ? Doesn’t history indicate… Continue reading Equality and inequality at Oxford
[750 words] Prime Minister Boris Johnson wished everyone a Happy St George’s Day yesterday. He felt, however, the need to reassure people that it was alright to celebrate St George’s Day and raise a glass, “without embarrassment and without shame”. Most people will understand why he felt the need to issue such a reassurance.… Continue reading Does St George embarrass Oxford ?
[450 words] The Oxford University Press publishes a blog. OUP defines the blog as “Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World“. But that is not how I would describe one post I read. Dated 5th April 2021, the post is titled “Anti Asian violence: the racist use of COVID 19“. The third paragraph… Continue reading Predisposition masquerading as academic assessment
[300 words] May I refer you to a news release from the University of Oxford on 24th March 2021, titled: “Majority of UK public want greater choice at the end of life – survey” The news release concludes with Professor Julian Savulescu, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics saying: ‘This survey shows… Continue reading Academic survey or political polling ?
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