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19 DECEMBER

Oxford pips Cambridge as UK's top university for research

Times of India, 19/12/2014, via PTI

Oxford University has nudged past its traditional rival Cambridge by being named Britain's best research university according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which is used as a basis for government funding allocation. Oxford University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton said he was delighted by the results: ‘Research is an intensely competitive activity and we are looking at and responding to worldwide competition in the world of research, the recruitment of leading academics and outstanding students, so there will be no resting on laurels,’ he said. 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/Oxford-pips-Cambridge-as-UKs-top-university-for-research/articleshow/45569598.cms

London and Oxbridge top the UK’s business school research list

Financial Times online, Business School News, 18/12/2014, Della Bradshaw
The Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford is among the five big hitters in global business research according to the latest UK government assessment. More than 50 per cent of the research activities at the business schools or management departments at Cambridge, London Business School, the London School of Economics and Oxford were judged to be world-leading, while at Imperial College London the figure was 49 per cent. Ninety per cent of the activities at the LSE received 4* or 3* (internationally excellent) ratings just ahead of the 89 per cent at the Judge Business School in Cambridge, 87 per cent at Oxford’s Saïd Business School and 82 per cent at London Business School. At Imperial, 92 per cent of research activities were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/81c2e2ee-860f-11e4-a105-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3MKf2sHJe

The new to-do list

Financial Times online, MBA Blog, 18/12/2014, Sam Peter
An Oxford MBA student blogs about the end of his first term at the Saïd Business School: ‘I have been surprised by how quickly the time has flown and by the level of growth and change that has taken place in such a short space of time. The one year programme is fast-paced with every day demanding your presence, attentiveness and astuteness… Three months in, I believe one of my biggest learnings has been my improved prioritisation techniques: making sure I cover the topics and attend the events and talks that will yield most positive to my post-MBA goals.’

http://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2014/12/18/the-new-to-do-list/

Just two phones to get inside terror operation

The Times, 19/12/2014, p.7, Unattributed
Using two pay-as-you-go smartphones and a few apps, undercover reporters from The Times have infiltrated Islamic State operations in Syria and in the UK. Article includes comment from Professor Luciano Floridi of the Oxford Internet Institute on the use of social media by terror groups.
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4301830.ece


Why is everyone so busy?

The Economist, 20/12/2014, p.92
Article examining why people feel so busy all of the time notes the views of Jonathan Gershuny, director of Oxford University’s Centre for Time Use Research.
http://www.economist.com/news/christmas-specials/21636612-time-poverty-problem-partly-perception-and-partly-distribution-why

Guess watt? We use less power

Metro, 19/12/2014, p.7

Dr Nick Eyre of the University of Oxford comments on the news that people in the UK are using less energy even though the economy is growing.

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Gadget-crazy brits use less energy
Mail Online, 18/12/2014, via PA
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2878726/Gadget-crazy-Brits-use-energy.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490