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Right to Work

The latest bureaucratic nightmare to affect universities is Right to Work checks. The covering letter for these regulations asserts the following: Right to Work checks now need to be done for any visitor (in advance to their visit) to the … Continue reading

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Solution to the Clebsch puzzle

Here is the solution to the puzzle about the Clebsch graph I posed at the weekend. Since Gordon and Tony (and probably others) have already solved it, I am giving you my solution now. The puzzle was: Suppose we delete … Continue reading

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A puzzle for you

The Petersen graph is perhaps the most famous graph of all. It has ten vertices, fifteen edges, valency 3, and no triangles. Since the complete graph on ten vertices has 45 edges and valency 9, one might ask whether the … Continue reading

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The Prophet

On Friday, in a bookshop, I picked up a book and started leafing through it. Suddenly, I was transported back more than forty years. In the summer of 1975, before my first child was born, while her mother was doing … Continue reading

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Time allocation survey

The dreaded time allocation survey strikes again. This is the first one I have had to do at St Andrews, though I have grumbled enough about this at Queen Mary. Several things already seem more positive. They warn us in … Continue reading

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Research integrity

A document from Universities UK, their guideline on good research practice. I will summarise it here, and maybe save you the need to read it. Here are the bullet points. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of rigour … Continue reading

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Silence

Two surprisingly similar takes on keeping silent, from very different authors in very different contexts. First Alan Watts on Wittgenstein, from his book with the beautiful title THE BOOK, specifically a footnote on page 135: Academic philosophy missed its golden … Continue reading

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