Dr Ioannis Votsis joins the Philosophy Faculty at New College of the Humanities

New College of the Humanities announces today the appointment of Dr Ioannis Votsis as Senior Lecturer in Philosophy.

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(PRWEB UK) 22 July 2014

Dr Votsis will give one-to-one tutorials and seminars in the philosophy of science, supervise undergraduate dissertations, and contribute to the College’s Logic and Critical Thinking lecture series.

Dr Votsis holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (BA 1998) and the London School of Economics (PhD 2004). His main research area is the philosophy of science but in addition he has active interests in the philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, philosophy of artificial intelligence and meta-philosophy.

He has co-edited a number of special issues on themes like the underdetermination of theory by evidence, the role and value of novel predictions in confirmation and the extent to which observation is theory-laden. His articles have been published in journals including Philosophical Studies, Philosophy of Science, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Synthese. He maintains his position as Assistant Director of the Düsseldorf Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Düsseldorf. At present, he is preparing a monograph on empiricism but also co-editing the European Philosophy of Science Association 2013 Conference Proceedings and a special issue on the subjects of unification and coherence.

Dr Votsis joins Dr Brian Ball, Professor Simon Blackburn, Professor Daniel Dennett, Professor Ken Gemes, Professor Rebecca Goldstein, Dr Naomi Goulder, Professor AC Grayling, Professor Simon May, Dr David Mitchell, Professor Stephen Neale, Professor Christopher Peacocke, Professor Steven Pinker, Dr Christoph Schuringa, and Professor Peter Singer in the Philosophy faculty at New College of the Humanities.

Dr Naomi Goulder, Convenor for Philosophy, said: ‘We are thrilled that Ioannis is joining us. He does philosophy with exceptional clarity, inventiveness, and imagination.’

In addition to their 12-module single honours undergraduate degree from the University of London, all NCH students study a further eight modules. These comprise modules from another of the College’s degree subjects or Art History, Classical Studies, or Psychology, and core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy. They also attend the College’s three-year Professional Programme.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. Entries for the 2014-5 academic year can still be made.

Visit http://www.NCHum.org for all enquiries and applications.

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For further information, please contact:
Desi Lyon
T: +44 (0)2072911385
E: desi.lyon(at)NCHum(dot)org

Notes to editors:

About New College of the Humanities
New College of the Humanities (NCH) offers a new model of higher education for the humanities in the UK. NCH students enjoy one of the best staff-to-student ratios in UK higher education and benefit from a high number of quality contact hours including engaging and challenging one-to-one tutorials.

Our professors are international experts in their fields and our full- time academic staff members have been selected for their proven ability in teaching as well as for their research interests.

NCH welcomed its first intake of students in September 2012 and prepares students for undergraduate degrees in: Economics (BSc); English (BA); History BA; Law (LLB), Philosophy (BA) and Politics & International Relations (BSc).

In addition to their 12-module single honours undergraduate degree from the University of London, all NCH students study a further eight modules. These comprise four modules from another degree subject or Art History, Classical Studies, or Psychology as a contextual course, and three core modules in Applied Ethics, Logic & Critical Thinking, and Science Literacy, plus the College’s three-year Professional Programme.

The College is centrally located in Bloomsbury, London’s university district and students, as associate members of the University of London, have access to many of the resources of the University of London: the exceptional library in Senate House, the University of London Union, sports facilities, and many other opportunities to enrich themselves through extra-curricular activity.

The College’s rolling applications process is independent of UCAS and applications can be made in addition to the five UCAS choices. Visit http://www.NCHum.org or call 020 7637 4550 for all enquiries and applications.

Recent research
In March 2014 NCH commissioned YouthSight, an independent youth research agency, to conduct research into the academic experiences of NCH students. The survey was based on annual research YouthSight conduct for HEPI with c14000 students at public universities in the UK. Using the NCH results and data collected on behalf of HEPI, YouthSight were able to directly compare the academic experience of NCH students with students studying Humanities/Social Sciences at Russell Group universities in 2014. HEPI were informed that this research took place.

The statistics show (percentage in brackets reflects HEPI results for those studying humanities and social sciences at Russell Group universities):

General:
63 per cent of students at New College of the Humanities say that their university experience has exceeded their expectations. (2014: 28 per cent/ 2013: 32%)

Contact time:
New College of the Humanities students experience an average of 13.8 hours of contact time per week. (2014: 9.85/ 2013: 9.93)

Assignments and feedback:

  •     Students at New College of the Humanities complete 13.7 assignments per term (6.44)
  •     84 per cent of feedback at New College of the Humanities is given in person (2014: 36 per cent/ 2013: 40%)
  •     91 per cent of students at New College of the Humanities claim it is easy to schedule time to discuss work, or discuss work on email, outside of scheduled work hours (2014: 69 per cent/ 2013: 76%)
  •     88 per cent of students at New College of the Humanities state they have sufficient access to academic staff outside timetabled sessions in order to discuss aspects of their work (2014: 71 per cent/ 2013: 73%)
  •     88 per cent of students at New College of the Humanities are satisfied with the amount of timetables sessions (2014: 61%/ 2013: 62%)


Contact

  • Desi Lyon
    New College of the Humanities Ltd
    +44 2072911385
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