Full text of the letter I received from Middlesex VC Michael Driscoll, in response to the letter signed by the full Sheffield Philosophy Department:
“Dear Sirs, I refer to your letter of 04 May 2010. Your concerns regarding the closure of the Philosophy programme are noted.”
The signature was not even a high quality digital one.
…successfully fight university administrators’ plans to destroy philosophy departments. We did it with King’s. Now let’s keep the pressure on Middlesex.
While the big news in Canadian academic circles is the successful recruitment of 19 “leading scientific minds” by the Canada Excellence Research Chair program, a sharp feminist philosophers blog reader points out that exactly ZERO were women. (Although these men did indeed secure spousal hires.) As the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, put it, “There also is not a single female researcher among the 19 spots, an indication of how few women hold senior positions in science and engineering, the fields that dominate the winning entries.” The full article is here. The list of those hired is here. Our reader also notes that that fully seven of the new hires are in the Life Sciences and Technology field, which has an excellent representation of women. Coverage in the UK has focused on the brain drain of British scientists to Canada, see here.