Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pensions and Our Future: A Broader Perspective

Pension reform has been one of the most divisive issues since it was put on the political agenda in the 1980s. Since then we have seen a gradual shift from state provision to opt-in schemes whose funds have been capitalised … Continue reading

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To Context or Not

Watching the Beeb the other day, I was struck by context. Struck in the sense that the importance of relativity came shining through, when the scenes of (well, what words can I choose?) confrontation between police and protestors in and … Continue reading

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NEWSFLASH: Collective noun for professors: ‘an absence’?

According to a survey carried out by Linda Evans of Leeds University, 53% of junior staff were discontented with their professors (though of course that means that 47% viewed professors positively!) The survey, commissioned by the Leadership Foundation in Higher … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on Clare Solomon and Tania Palmieri (eds.) (2011), Springtime: The New Student Rebellions, London: Verso.

I’ve been reading through the above retrospective on the past year’s events and I think it is indicative of the extraordinary achievement of the student protests, for the UK context at least, that they have brought politics back into an … Continue reading

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Next Editorial Collective Meeting, Tuesday 13th December, 5:00pm

Come along to the Bristol Perspectives meeting, 5pm on Tuesday, 13th of December. We’ll be discussing the strikes, recent events and the role of the newsletter. Location: Room MR5A at the University of Bristol Students’ Union, Queen’s Road. After the … Continue reading

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STOP PRESS: WORKING AT THE UNIVERSTIY WILL SHORTEN YOUR LIFESPAN

Please listen to this Radio 4 programme where Professor Sir Michael Marmot explains his research in which he discovered that the less control we have over our working lives, the shorter our lives will be. At the university we have … Continue reading

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Myth-busting in the age of austerity

Sometimes it’s important to have some key potential rebuttals at your disposal. Here are some that, if you don’t already have up your sleeve, you may very well find handy. 1) Financial markets do not exist I think, you think, … Continue reading

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