Rank #1: THE Podcast: Data behind China's research rise and PhD trends
Times Higher Education's data editor Simon Baker joined Sara Custer to discuss THE's recent data-led stories: China's ascent to a global research super power, the drop in humanities PhD graduates over decades and the recent deficits reported by a quarter of English universities.
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Apr 05 2019
Rank #2: THE Podcast: Decolonising the curriculum
What does it really mean to decolonise the curricula and pedagogy of higher education? Dr. Meera Sabaratnam, senior lecturer in international relations at SOAS University of London and chair of the decolonising SOAS working group joins the podcast to discuss what decolonising looks like in a UK context and how it goes well beyond just the content of a course.
Kaleke Kolawole, a graduate of the African studies master's programme at SOAS University of London and a facilitator for decolonising toolkits also joins to explain why this work should extend to secondary and primary education.
And Myriam Kane, a member of Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action (GARA) and a former member of the National Union of Students' national executive council, gives a first-hand account of the 137-day student protest at Goldsmiths, University of London and why cultural competency training for all staff and annual funding specifically for black history events were among the protestors' demands.
Sep 02 2019
Rank #3: THE Podcast: Interview with Qatar University president Hassan Al-Derham
Sara Custer speaks with Hassan Al-Derham president of the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Summit 2019 partner institution Qatar University about the upcoming event, the effect of the Gulf countries' blockade on the university, press freedom and the future of branch campuses.
For more information about the summit visit: http://www.theworldsummitseries.com/events/the-emerging-economies-summit-2019/event-summary-df9ad7a68fb343789ee5f1783cc1d6fa.aspx
Jan 11 2019
Rank #4: THE Podcast: Are universities equipped to meet the digital literacy gap?
Before digital literacy can become the fourth pillar of education – alongside reading, writing and 'rithmetic – educators must first agree on what being digitally literate actually looks like and where the gaps in understanding lie. And what about digital media platforms themselves – should they be involved in this instruction?
Sara Custer speaks with Jo Coldwell-Neilson, associate dean of teaching and learning at Deakin University, who argues that nobody is actually a digital native, and Joel Breakstone, director of the Stanford History Education Group, who says that the approach to teaching digital literacy needs to be updated, but there are reasons to be optimistic.
Feb 26 2019
Rank #5: THE Podcast: Leading with David Llewellyn
In the first episode of our series spotlighting university leaders we speak with David Llewellyn, vice-chancellor at Harper Adams University a specialist agriculture institution in the UK.
He tells us about how coming to the role with no agricultural or academic background has influenced his leadership style of spotting talent and giving people space to expand their abilities.
And of course with farming expected to be the sector hit hardest by the UK leaving the EU, we asked about how he is preparing the agricultural community for Brexit.
Oct 11 2019
Rank #6: THE Podcast: Is 'genius' a bad word?
At the recent World Academic Summit at ETH Zurich, Nobel laureate astrophysicist Brian Schmidt interviewed rising star physicist Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski about her career and the notion of "genius".
In this interview they talk about their successes and failures and what environments need to be created to encourage genius moments more than geniuses.
Find more coverage of the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit here https://www.timeshighereducation.com/policy/world-academic-summit
Sep 20 2019
Rank #7: THE Podcast: General Election 2019 – what are the parties pledging for higher education?
The General Election is fast approaching and the party manifestos are finally out. Labour is promising to cut tuition fees, the Conservatives want more of a focus on science and the Liberal Democrats would rather not mention HE at all. But what are all of the parties really offering for higher education and how are they proposing to achieve their aims?
THE’s deputy news editor, John Morgan, talks us through the main parties’ manifestos, providing an essential breakdown of what they are pledging and where they are lacking, and analyses what such promises could mean for higher education.
Nov 29 2019
Rank #8: THE Podcast: Australia's research challenge
It's often said that Australia "punches above its weight" when it comes to internationalisation and research volume and impact. But could recent funding cuts take the wind out of its sails?
THE's Asia Pacific editor John Ross talks to digital editor Sara Custer about the funding landscape, international researchers and a special nudge for the higher education sector from Australian of the Year and physicist, Michelle Simmons.
Ana Deletic, pro vice-chancellor for research at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, joins later to discuss research for the public good, open access and if the academy stymies blue skies thinking.
THE will host the Research Excellence Summit: Asia-Pacific at UNSW, Sydney 19-21 February.
Feb 15 2019
Rank #9: THE Podcast: THE Live panel Entertaining Thoughts
This special edition of the Times Higher Education podcast features a live discussion of the UK's most provocative higher education headlines, some future gazing and what our panelists would do if they were minister for a day.
Sara Custer is joined by Mary Curnock Cook, former-CEO of UCAS; Pamela Gillies, principal/vice-chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University; Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute; and Chloe Tear, a third year student at Leeds Trinity University and a disability activist.
Dec 05 2018
Rank #10: THE Podcast: Data on grade inflation and Russia's 5-100 Project
Sara Custer is joined by Simon Baker, THE's data editor, to discuss the figures showing an increase over the decades of top marks across the globe, except for in Australia. Meanwhile, Russia's 5-100 Project has just two years before its deadline to have five universities in the top 100 of global rankings. Is it on track?
Nov 23 2018