Stephen J. Cowley

SJC (Rio, April 1999)   SJC (Senate House, June 2008)   SJC (Punting on the Cam, July 2009)   SJC (TJP Fest, April 2012)

Address, Telephone, Fax and Email


Papers and Talks

University of Cambridge Council

Saving Science

The University and College Union (UCU)

Quotable Quotes

Funding Opportunity

Teaching Miscellanea

We Clone the Spy

Spin, etc.

In his book East and West (recommended, even if I do not necessarily agree with all arguments concerning the market economy), Chris Patten quotes from The Analects of Confucius. The following appeal, and are relevant to ethics/`spin' in politics, academia, ...
`To worship gods that are not yours, that is toadyism. Not to act when justice commands, that is cowardice.'

`Riches and rank are what every man craves; yet if the only way to obtain them goes against his principles, he should desist from such a pursuit.'
There is also a longer extract that might be worth reading before writing a research proposal, or RAE/REF submission, or self-assessment for the SR/TQA, or ...

Previous Interests

Faculty of Mathematics
From 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2014 I was Chair of the Faculty of Mathematics.

The Board of Scrutiny
For four years up to 30 September 2005 I was an elected member of the University's Board of Scrutiny. The Board might be described as a toothless watchdog with a loudish bark composed of members who care about the University but who are not (on the whole) part of the "establishment". More formally, the role of the Board of Scrutiny is to examine the way in which the University is run, and to comment on this to the University's governing body, the Regent House. Each year the Board is required to look at several documents (the University's accounts, the Allocations Report, and the Council's Annual Report), and it may then investigate any matters that arise from these documents. In doing so, the Board is empowered to consult any official document (although it sometimes helps to be told where to look), and to make enquiries of any Officer. The Board has no executive power. Instead, it acts as a review body, to look retrospectively at what has happened in the University over the previous year.

The University Nursery
For three years up to 30 September 1999 I was a member of the Parents Nursery Association Committee.

Selwyn College
For eight years up to 30 September 1998 I was a mathematics Fellow of Selwyn College (I was also a Fellow for nine months in 1981). During this period I wrote a short note on wooden spoons (which Selwyn had somewhat a history of).

Steven Charles Cowley

Dear headhunters, etc., in order to confuse matters there is another
Steven Cowley working on fluids [and plasmas] using asymptotic methods! There are a number of distinguishing features:

Stephen J. Cowley, DAMTP, University of Cambridge.