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More higher ed summer reading

2017's edition of the finest selection of higher education summer reads. Featuring 'BUCS for Schmucks', 'Footnoting for fun', and 'A month in the country - it really is research not vacation'.
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Paul Greatrix is Registrar at The University of Nottingham, author and creator of Registrarism and a Contributing Editor of Wonkhe.

I still know what you read this summer.

Every year we get lists of great summer reading suggestions from the broadsheets and even Times Higher Education for university staff and students. Last year I joined in the fun with this handy list of the #HigherEd books everyone should have read. Some of the highlights included:

  • Getting titters on Twitter or how to craft the perfectly droll 140 character epigram – a primer for senior university managers
  • Dalmatians 101: setting up puppy rooms in student services
  • Almost out of office – a guide to minimising tedious summer email for academics
  • The place of the mace – identifying graduation paraphernalia
  • UKRI or I cry, Hef-see or Hef-key? The definitive sector agency pronunciation guide
  • How to dig “digs”: Understanding contemporary trends in student accommodation
  • True Grime on Campus- the world’s best academic graffiti
  • Registrars and their registers
  • It Ain’t Half Hot Mum – cross-cultural sensitivities in setting up campuses overseas

The latest additions to the list include this terrific selection of higher education related reading:

  • Graduation speeches – the long, the bad and the irrelevant
  • 100 years of solitude – research in the arts
  • The man in the high castle – the biggest and best Vice-Chancellor residences
  • Bleak houses: student accommodation through the ages
  • Why didn’t they ask Evans? Arguments for total academic democracy
  • A month in the country – it really is research not vacation
  • A gun for hire? Making campus carry pay
  • Fresh or fake? The administrator’s guide to graduation flower arranging.
  • I’ve got a brand new combine harvester – agricultural economics in the Archers
  • BUCS for Schmucks – student sport for beginners
  • Preparing your TEF appeal
  • The Essay Mill on the Floss
  • The Cruel Fee – student debt in the 21st century
  • Homage to Catalonia – a most unusual year abroad
  • Lady Chatterley’s Liver – cirrhosis and the nobility
  • I spy UK HEIs
  • I spy alternative providers
  • Bloaty McBloatface – unevidenced commentary on the growth of university administration
  • Hug a Hoodie – the impact of public displays of affection on graduates
  • Cartel! Comparing and contrasting universities and Colombian drug barons
  • An exam board chair’s guide to extenuating circumstances
  • Footnoting for fun
  • More Champagne Madam? Student accommodation gets classy
  • The ministry of fear – universities and the DfE
  • For whom the bell tolls – universities and their clocktowers
  • Our man in Havana – managing international recruitment agents
  • From frenzy to scramble – an A to Z of Clearing terms

Do let us know if there are any we’ve missed.

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