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Your great big Wonkhe summer holiday reading list

On Registrarism, Paul Greatrix chooses his beach books for 2019
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Paul Greatrix is Registrar at The University of Nottingham, author and creator of Registrarism and a Contributing Editor of Wonkhe.

It’s that time of year again when the broadsheets invite a series of worthy and notable individuals to advise us about all the books we should be reading on your summer holidays. That seems really a bit too much like hard work for the hard pressed Wonkhe editorial team so we decided to pick the ones we like instead.

Here then is our tip top list of the best higher ed novels and text books you will want to be packing in your suitcase before heading on your hols.

  • 101 Reasons to Loathe PowerPoint
  • Hoods from the Hood – Graduation Paraphernalia and Street Culture
  • Cheats really do prosper – why essay mills are making a killing
  • The Bonfire of the Vanity Courses – Radical curriculum redesign made easy
  • The Telegraph Guide to Mickey Mouse Modules and Donald Duck Degrees
  • The Unexplained: Degree Class Inflation
  • The Woman in White and Other Graduation Faux Pas
  • The Pickwick REF Papers
  • The World’s Dumbest League Tables: Ranked
  • North and South: the UK’s Hampton Universities Compared
  • Coldwar Steve goes to Uni
  • 99 Crazy Places to Graduate
  • Data Delights and Tableau Tableaux

And of course:

  • Everyone’s favourite holiday read – it’s the Spiked! Bumper Summer Fun Book 2019, once again with all your favourite pseudonymous scribblers adopting thoroughly contrarian positions on just about anything. With pull out picture spreads, photo stories, quizzes, puzzles and colouring.


And some of the best HE sellers from the past year which you also might like to consider for the beach

  • How to dig “digs”: Understanding contemporary trends in student accommodation
  • The Essay Mill on the Floss
  • An Office Collection Volume II- all the circulars and publications from the first year of the OfS
  • Yet More Places for Maces: University Regalia Across Continents
  • Understanding University Pensions (new, expanded, five volume set)
  • I Spy Universities
  • When Two Two Becomes Two One: Grade Inflation Made Easy
  • The Borrowers: University Librarians have their say
  • I’ve Got a Brand New Combine Harvester – agricultural economics in the Archers
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: The hottest new graduate entry jobs
  • The Sign of Four Star: Sherlock Holmes and the REF
  • To Kill the Mockingbirds: campus avian control strategies
  • UKRI or I cry, Bees or Baize? The definitive sector pronunciation guide
  • Bleak Houses: student accommodation through the ages
  • Registrars and their Registers
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls – universities and their clocktowers
  • Gold! Always Believe in Your TEF Score
  • Alone in Berlin: Managing Exchange Students in Crisis

And, of course, there is the biggest book released in recent years, True Crime on Campus, which you should be buying many copies of to take on holiday and to keep at home.

What great HE books will you be taking on holiday this year?

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