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Archive of Opinion

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Coaching by numbers: is data analytics the future of management?

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Maths over Mourinho? Analytics over Ancelotti? Data analysis is now commonplace in both the sporting and business worlds, but human decision making still dominates in management, writes Professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in the Guardian Creative Data blog.

British volcanologist wins earth sciences ‘Nobel’ prize

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A British volcanologist has won one of the most prestigious awards in science – the Vetlesen Prize, which is considered to be the earth sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Stephen Sparks of the University of Bristol will receive the £165,000 ($250,000) award for his groundbreaking research into the workings of volcanoes, writes Robin Wylie (UCL Earth Sciences) in The Conversation.

Oil crash: is this the end of a long period of inflated prices?

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Chris Cook

What on earth is going on in the oil market? Does the recent 60% collapse in oil prices in six months really reflect shifts in underlying supply and demand for crude oil? I’m afraid not, as I have been predicting for more than three years. Here’s what has really been happening, writes Chris Cook (UCL Institute for Security & Resilience Studies) in The Conversation.

No, climate change is not the biggest risk to global health

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Andrew Papworth

Climate change will cause all sorts of problems for humans in the future. It could cause mass migration and conflict as people flee flooded homes or arid farmland, and fight over ever more scarce resources. It’ll mean economic slowdown as industries are hit and societies cough up the money required to adapt to the new world. Climate change will even affect your health, writes Andrew Papworth (UCL Geography) in The Conversation.

So far, so good

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Graeme Reid

Last month’s results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) released a wave of instant analysis. Conclusions were relayed with breathless excitement. Universities claimed to be top of this or fastest-growing that, says Professor Graeme Reid (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost, Research) in Research Fortnight (£).

Neoliberal nightmare

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Mark Maslin

I was recently asked by an incredulous colleague why I was working in a Geography department. I answered that geography was the study of ‘the who, the where, and the how, of the past, present and future’. I followed this up suggesting our subject has a profound role to play in both understanding and solving the great challenges of the 21st century. Of which I would suggest global inequality, global poverty, global security, environmental degradation and climate change are the most pressing, writes Professor Mark Maslin (UCL Geography) in Geographical.

Anglo-German friendship only goes so far

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Stephen Wall

Tragedy in Paris overshadowed last week's London meeting between German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister, David Cameron. But it was clear enough that the very real friendship between the two leaders did not amount to a meeting of minds on European issues, writes Sir Stephen Wall (UCL European Institute) in BBC Online.

Charlie Hebdo: what the cartoons mean to one French academic

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I grew up with the drawings of Charb, Wolinski and Cabu. Their fearless provocations have always seemed to me a necessary expression of the fertility of French culture, writes Dr Louisiane Ferlier (UCL Centre for Editing Lives & Letters) in The Guardian Higher Education Network.

How much is too much to pay headteachers?

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The huge salaries of school “super-heads” and some university vice-chancellors has once again come under fire, this time by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee. UK headteachers are among the highest paid in the world, with good pension packages, writes Professor Peter Earley (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation.

‘Climate hacking’ would be easy – that doesn’t mean we should do it

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Katelijn Van Hende

Some people might argue that the greatest moral challenge of our time is serious enough to justify deliberately tampering with our climate to stave off the damaging effects of global warming. Geoengineering, or “climate hacking”, to use its more emotive nickname, is a direct intervention in the natural environments of our planet, including our atmosphere, seas and oceans, writes Katelijn Van Hende (UCL Australia) in The Conversation.

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