Universities

Cambridge’s slavery inquiry will raise more questions than it answers

1 May 2019 12:31

Can the past hold the present to ransom? Can we be culpable for our predecessors’ actions? Knotty questions of this kind…

Universities should resist calls to ‘decolonise the curriculum’

18 February 2019 14:18

Meghan Markle has reportedly backed calls to ‘decolonise the curriculum’. This campaign to promote ethnic minority thinkers in place of ‘male,…

What happened when I was banned from a free speech debate on campus

11 February 2019 17:13

It’s clear that our universities have a problem with free speech. We’ve recently witnessed students at the University of Oxford…

What’s the truth about university grade inflation?

19 December 2018 16:54

It’s a well-worn complaint that universities are dishing out firsts as never before. Today, a report by the Office for Students…

Will Noah Carl get a fair hearing?

14 December 2018 17:04

A letter appeared in the Times this morning defending Dr Noah Carl, the young Cambridge scholar who was branded a…

Freshers week is torture for an ageing academic like me

20 September 2018 8:00

A fellow academic once said that working at a university is one of only a few places where you grow…

Revealed: the Scottish uni courses for (feepaying) English students only

17 August 2018 16:57

When Alex Salmond stepped down as First Minister, he famously unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the message ‘The rocks…

The true cost of the Stepford Students

18 June 2018 17:14

It has become abundantly clear in recent years that becoming a Social Justice Warrior (SJW) is bad for your health.…

Glasgow School of Art is much more than just an art college

16 June 2018 12:53

Let’s be clear. This is not Grenfell. The word ‘tragedy’ may be all over the news, Twitter may be full…

How my lame joke saw me fall foul of the campus zealots

14 May 2018 15:00

The International Studies Association (ISA) meeting in San Francisco is a chance for academics the world over to come together.…

Universities are becoming laughing stocks of intolerance

24 February 2018 9:30

This week my employer, Harvard University, announced its next president, Lawrence Bacow. The campus newspaper asked what advice I would…

The Spectator Podcast: The truth about plastic

18 January 2018 17:43

On this week’s episode, we investigate the truth about plastic, the environmental enemy du jour in 2018. We also try…

Critics of grammar schools are wrong

26 October 2017 12:51

Bright but poor kids have been failed for decades. Since the abolition of grammar school expansion some forty years ago,…

MPs are undermining Britain’s world-class university system

26 October 2017 12:38

The debate about universities in the last few days has been extremely frustrating. Britain has the two best universities in…

The Spectator Podcast: Campus tyranny

24 August 2017 13:54

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast we look at the issue of ‘safe spaces’ on campuses and beyond. We…

Are conservatives a bunch of neanderthals? Some on the left seem to think so

15 June 2017 13:05

How tragic that the country – and indeed the world – is being dragged rightwards by a bunch of Neanderthal…

Jewish students are turning their backs on British universities. Who can blame them?

26 April 2017 14:30

Universities up and down the land are clambering to recruit students in time for the start of the new academic…

British universities must admit that there are some upsides to Brexit

24 April 2017 15:17

Britain’s universities are finding it hard to look on the bright side of Brexit. One of their big gripes is…

The great Brexit exodus of EU students isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

3 April 2017 14:00

Remember the hoo-ha about the sharp fall in the number of EU students applying to study at British universities? Numbers…

The real gender gap is not about women’s pay but boys’ lack of attainment

25 February 2017 9:00

For a body supposedly committed to eliminating inequality between the sexes, the Women and Equalities Select Committee don’t exactly lead…