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Joe Moran on the little-known benefits of being a shrinking violet

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Dale Salwak explains why he focuses on the people carrying out the translation process and their effects on the text we read

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Lincoln Allison argues that it is becoming harder for academics to share controversial ideas

In the workplace and at the ballot box, it is time to reject stale ideology, says Thomas Docherty

Jon Nixon asks what Arendt’s work can tell us about the value of universities as places of thinking together

Poring over manuscripts in the Biblioteca Nazionale prompts Nicholas Till to consider the benefits of studying original documents in a digital age

Belinda Jack examines the growing field and considers the therapeutic effects of poetry

Managerial fundamentalism has taken hold in universities, with scholars viewed as resources that must be controlled, argues the Warwick scholar

Scholarship can be a fearsome activity, as Chris Walsh discovered when he set out to investigate the figure of the coward

Nicholas Till acknowledges his debt to Margaret Thatcher and explains why he regrets his Cambridge degree

Fred Inglis on the obligation of academics to speak truth to power

Reconsider long working hours, says Patience Schell, for leisure is vital for mind, body and productivity

A leading light in the study of culture fought many battles that now need to be fought again

Universities should not acquiesce in a system that perpetuates inequality - they must take a stand against it, argues Thomas Docherty

Archie Brown on lessons for universities from political leadership

Courses led by interdisciplinary groups can energise teachers and students, says Robert Zaretsky

Ruth Barcan believes such feelings are a logical response to a broken academic system

Enthusiasm for ‘neuroeducation’ risks blinding people to its potentially limited efficacy, argues Steven Rose

Academics must counter ‘verbicide’, which constrains expression, to foster new ideas and ways of seeing

Robert Colls on why E. P. Thompson’s landmark book belongs on more university reading lists