This issue contains articles on:Learning to Learn: purely a skill? Mike Rawson (University of Luton) examines the deeper meaning of learning to learn, and concludes that tutors need to realise it entails considerably more than acquiring a skill. Life Stories David Limond (University College Northampton) suggests that students new to HE could be inspired by biographies of distinguished men from similar backgrounds. A Mid-Life Crisis in Academia John Lloyd (South Bank University) calls for goodwill towards older colleagues, and an appreciation of their knowledge and experience. Cross-Cultural Work Groups: a business management perspective Glauco de Vita (Oxford Brookes University) explains why business finds cross-cultural group working a valuable exercise, and suggests ways in which tutors could also benefit both themselves and their students. Publishing, not Perishing John Berridge (UMIST) and Adrian Wilkinson (Loughborough University) reveal secrets in a short guide to getting your research published where it counts.