October 20, 2014

"A history undergraduate places aside her work on an assignment for a few hours to surf the Web, and what she sees there worries her. It always troubles her, because her conscience keeps asking her how to connect her work with the world outside the university. She thin...

July 31, 2014

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National Portrait Gallery

In the Tudor Room, you can see a copy of the 1527 family portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger. Holbein's first sketch showed a great deal more religious imagery, whereas in this version, it is humanism that is on dis...

July 31, 2014


View NCH Walking Tour on Google map.


New College of the Humanities has the good fortune to be located at the centre of a truly historic area of London, which means that when I teach my module on Modern Political Ideas, we can visit locations frequented by some of the...

July 28, 2014

I've heard legends. Apparently, if you reach some stage in your career (they won't tell me which one), you get sent free books. All the time. Without you having to ask. Apparently it becomes rather annoying.


For those of us still at the 'I spend HOW MUCH on Amazon last...

June 3, 2014

To some academics 'networking' is a dirty word. It's the sort of term spat out with disdain over a glass of sherry, generating images of sleazy salesmen-like academics with shiny teeth and sweaty palms bringing a dark end to the academy, like a smooth-talking anti-Chri...

March 9, 2014

Lately, two very interesting approaches to the question on women in academia have come out. The first was a wonderful speech given by Prof Mary Beard on the issue of women's voices in academia. The second was a call from academics at the University of Cambridge for the...

February 9, 2014

Of all the lessons I've learned giving two lectures a week, the most important is how long the prep takes - way more time than I ever thought possible. In undergrad, I was pretty sure that it took about as long to prep a lecture as to give one, if that. And in some cas...

December 19, 2013

I hate "women". I hate "women doctors" and "women professors". I hate "women bishops" and "women presidents", both in potential and reality. They are wrong and unnatural. And "women" does not belong there.


I am, of course, referring to grammar. Grammar and much much m...

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