Universities

Universities and the birth of a new fundamentalist religion

3 June 2017 9:00 am

A leading article appeared in Nature last week in defence of intelligence research. It lamented the fact that it is…

For a real Oxbridge education, you now have to go to Durham

25 March 2017 9:00 am

‘Should I just have done with it and tell them they’re a bunch of tossers?’ I was on my way…

We promised better help for people with autism. Too little has changed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

In the NHS clinic where I work, adults who suspect they may have Asperger syndrome wait almost a year for…

Poor Boy. He’s going to end up just like me

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Boy is planning his gap year. Every few hours he rings from school to give me a progress report. ‘I’m…

What makes a university a university?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

What is a university? Sir: As a former Russell Group vice chancellor, I think that Toby Young’s appeal for more universities…

What physicists understand that economists don’t

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Particle of faith Sir: Fraser Nelson draws our attention to the most worrying aspect of economists getting it wrong, which…

What would Freud have to say about Matthew Parris?

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Freudian slap Sir: In his Notes (7 January), Charles Moore explores the uncharacteristic reaction of Matthew Parris to the referendum…

Why we need more universities

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1961, shortly after getting a job as a lecturer at Cambridge, my father had an idea. The faculty buildings,…

What explains the idiocy of the liberal elite? It’s their education

7 January 2017 9:00 am

What explains the silliness of the liberal elite? Their education

Universities’ most freakish, isolated minority: non-lefties

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A few columns ago, I told the mortifying story of how I totally died at the Oxford Union. Today I’m…

Why are all this year's British Nobel winners in America?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, this year’s Nobel Prize awards have been a triumph for British scientists. No fewer than…

Brexit won’t hurt students nearly as much as they think

10 September 2016 9:00 am

What will Brexit really mean for universities and undergraduates? Ross Clark takes a look

Theresa May’s student crackdown will cost post-Brexit Britain dearly

10 September 2016 9:00 am

In the post-Brexit landscape whose shape was barely glimpsed in G20 discussions at Hangzhou, one thing is clear: soon we’ll…

The only way to make a ‘safe space’ for conservatives at universities

27 August 2016 9:00 am

To Edinburgh for the book festival, where I am to explain Fools, Frauds and Firebrands to respectable middle-class Scots, who…

Sorry, but Opec won’t back up this oil-price rise

27 August 2016 9:00 am

How many Olympic medals did Opec win? The answer (though I’ll bet no one else has bothered to work this…

Six curious things about Theresa May

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Nuggets on May Some trivia about Theresa May — At 59, she is the oldest new prime minister since Jim…

Generation Snowflake: how we train our kids to be censorious cry-babies

4 June 2016 9:00 am

We’re training our children to be thin-skinned, censorious and belligerently entitled

British universities are whipping up a mad boom that’s bound to go bust

14 May 2016 9:00 am

British higher education is in a boom that’s bound to go bust

Michael Dobbs’s diary: Talking House of Cards with President Xi

30 April 2016 9:00 am

I’m a lucky man. My novel House of Cards transformed my life, yet I wrote it almost by accident nearly…

The tangled story of dreadlocks, from Milton to YouTube

9 April 2016 9:00 am

‘Why are you filming this?’ ‘For everyone’s safety.’ Those are the last words in a 46-second video that was watched…

Stepford students’ new target: other Stepford students

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Politically correct students are now falling victim to the censorious climate they helped create

In defence of discrimination

6 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron has accused universities of being xenophobic, racist and prejudiced against the poor. He is too much of a…

Corbyn's purge of the Oxbridge set

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Labour was once the clever party. Under Jeremy Corbyn, its front bench is purged of Oxbridge intellectuals

There’s too much bunkum talked about the arts and education

24 October 2015 9:00 am

At the last minute, a friend invited me to a ‘Distinguished Speakers Dinner’ at the Oxford and Cambridge Club earlier…

What Scottish professors have to fear from Nicola Sturgeon’s power grab

17 October 2015 8:00 am

What Scotland’s professors have to fear from the SNP’s latest bright idea