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Executive Director of the English Association

Posted by hl11 at Mar 06, 2017 12:30 PM |

Salary Grade 8: £41,709 to £46,924 per annum

Permanent position, available from November 2017, subject to a 5-year review.

In this role you will lead and develop the business operations of the English Association, which spans one of the broadest subject areas in the UK. You will be responsible for the management and oversight of the English Association’s activities as both a subject association and a learned society. This includes the organization and delivery of an annual events programme that promotes English as a subject across the sectors that align with the Association’s mission: primary, secondary and higher education.

With a relevant degree or professional qualification, you will have substantial experience in a relevant sector or charity. In addition to people, project and financial management experience at a senior level, you will have excellent communication skills and an ability to develop an effective marketing strategy. We are looking for candidates who are able to lead and motivate a team in a busy environment but who are also able to represent the Association effectively on broad educational and policy issues.

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Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to the Chair of the English Association, Professor Martin Halliwell on

The closing date for this post is midnight on 31 March 2017.

D.H. Lawrence: Six Animal Poems, by Peter Cash available for free download now

D.H. Lawrence: Six Animal Poems, by Peter Cash available for free download now

Posted by hl11 at Feb 14, 2017 02:40 PM |

The newest in our Bookmarks series concentrates on six animal poems by D.H. Lawrence. Peter Cash writes:

D. H. Lawrence wrote enough prose – both creative and critical – for us to know that he was nothing if not intellectually challenging: in writing verse without regard for the conventional controls of rhyme and metre, he knew that he was inviting critical opprobrium and scorn ...  In many places, his verse deserves it, for there can be a tedium about his re-statements ‘of image and idea’, not least where his lines are unjustifiably wayward: either too short to repay attention or too long ever to grab hold of it.  This Bookmark concentrates on six poems in which his language lifts its subject-matter to fresh heights and his line-length is expressive: in these cases, if not in others, his achievement is considerable and lasting.  In his finest pieces, Lawrence brings to his descriptions of creatures a new way of writing that complements their graces and respects their idiosyncrasies. Although his line-lengths are erratic, he is never without a verbal plan: he is a resourceful recycler of metonyms, makes an art of the strategic deployment of adjectives and imports from his own prose a functional use of rhythm.

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Consultation on second Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)

Consultation on second Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)

Posted by hl11 at Dec 09, 2016 08:25 AM |

The four UK funding bodies for higher education have published a joint consultation on the arrangements for research assessment in a second Research Excellence Framework.

The consultation sets out proposals to build on the first Research Excellence Framework, conducted in 2014, and to incorporate the principles identified in Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the REF.

Read the Consultation Document

A letter from the Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, invited HEFCE to work alongside the other funding bodies to develop detailed proposals to take forward the recommendations from Lord Stern’s review for the next REF and to consult the higher education sector on these proposals in autumn 2016.

Lord Stern’s review acknowledged that the processes used to assess research excellence are well understood by the community and have, broadly speaking, delivered well against their objective to improve quality. The consultation proposes that an exercise broadly similar in approach to REF 2014 is the most appropriate mechanism for continuing to support our world-class research base.

The recommendations made in Lord Stern’s review are intended to reduce the burden and any distortions associated with the REF process while maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence. These include recommendations relating to:

  • the inclusion of all research-active staff
  • non-portability of outputs (Note 3)
  • the approach to research impact
  • the information required to assess the research environment
  • the introduction of an institutional-level assessment of impact and environment.

Alongside the implementation of Lord Stern’s recommendations, the consultation makes further proposals on the basis of evidence gathered in other REF2014 evaluation activity.

The consultation invites responses to proposals on:

  • overall approach
  • Unit of Assessment structure
  • expert panels
  • staff
  • collaboration
  • outputs
  • impact
  • environment
  • institutional-level assessment
  • outcomes and weightings
  • proposed timetable.

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