About this blog

This blog is about academics, universities and institutions of knowledge.  It comments on the connections between the history of universities and the rapidly shifting world of higher education today.

About the Author

My name is Tamson Pietsch and I am an historian based at the University of Sydney in Australia.  My research focuses on knowledge, mobility and power in the 19th and 20th centuries and I am the author of Empire of Scholars: universities, networks and the British academic world, 1850-1939 (Manchester University Press, 2013). Previously I was Lecturer in Imperial and Colonial History at Brunel University in London and the Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow at New College in the University of Oxford. I am currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at the University of Sydney. You can read more about me at tamsonpietsch.com and you can also find me on twitter.

I have written regularly for The Guardian, The Conversation, and the Times Higher Education magazine and I have contributed to public policy discussions through the World Universities Network Commissioned Report (2013) and The Guardian’s Future of Higher Education Summit (2012). I have also consulted to individual universities on strategic communications.  If you have any comments or queries, please do get in touch.

Cap doffing

Caps have been doffed in our direction here