Archive for January 22, 2013

I’m appalled

Posted in Biographical, Education with tags , , , , , on January 22, 2013 by telescoper

I was a research student at the University of Sussex from 1985 until 1988, as a result of which I can now put the letters DPhil after my name.  Now I’m gearing up to begin recruiting research students at Sussex when I move there at the end of this month; a list of available projects can be found here, if you’re interested.

However, in the course of this I learned that the University of Sussex has changed the abbreviated form of its postgraduate doctoral degree from DPhil to PhD. Future Susssex researchers will therefore be deprived of the ability to write the letters MADPhil after their name as I do.

The idea that anything in academia should ever actually change sets a dangerous precedent.  What were they thinking of? Everyone knows that PhD just stands for Doctor of Photocopying.

Not to put too fine a point on it, I’m appalled…

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In defence of the Royal Institution

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 22, 2013 by telescoper

Just a quick reblog to draw attention to the campaign to save the Royal Institution from oblivion. Following catastrophic management by Susan Greenfield when she was Director of the RI, it is now virtually bankrupt and forced to contemplate the sale of the historic buildings in Mayfair it has occupied for over two hundred years. Please support the campaign.

Save the Ri

I am pleased to join forces with, and lend my support to, the Save21AlbemarleStreet campaign set-up last Friday by Mary R. Perkins.  The following statement reflects discussions we have been having. A new joint website will be appearing later, and in the meantime I encourage people to follow @Save21Albemarle on Twitter and, for those on Facebook, to join the group:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/Save21AlbemarleStreet

Thank you to the overwhelming level of support so far.  I apologise for not replying to each email individually – there are just too many!

Harry

Campaign to Save the Royal Institution

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”  So wrote Winston Churchill, and there is no building anywhere in the world to which this profound observation applies more than the Royal Institution.  We can move all the books in the British Library to a new building, as has been done, and we can move all…

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