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Welsh minister amends bill over academic freedom fears

Welsh government ministers have offered reassurance over academic freedom as new powers for the country’s university funding council are debated

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Oxford criticises figures given to universities illustrating the impact of future cuts amid calls for independent modelling

Wendy Purcell hires discrimination lawyers as Plymouth University prepares final report Subscription

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V-c hires law firm amid suggestions the case against her includes a complaint about her management style

SNP: let us reintroduce post-study work visas Subscription

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Scottish government wants immigration powers devolved to Holyrood

Academy’s fat cats ‘too smart’ to attack Labour’s £6,000 fees policy Subscription

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Liam Byrne, the shadow universities minister, also urges the sector to speak out to prevent a ‘disastrous’ exit from the European Union

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Senior professors express ‘outrage’ at Glasgow’s decision to reduce investment

Ukip: cut foreign university students from migration figures Subscription

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Party policy is to remove non-European Union students from the UK’s net targets

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The UK risks losing the global race to exploit the thinnest material on the planet, warns university leader

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Swiss-French scientist says he just wants to have fun

‘Simplistic’ redundancy metrics criticised Subscription

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Warwick staff concerned about ‘single cash metric’ used to identify redundancies in life sciences

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Hard times for state-funded institutions require forceful restatement of their benefits to society, Simon Marginson says in Clark Kerr Lecture

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Recruitment is under way for Yachay University, a new campus that the country hopes will usher in a research and innovation culture

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THE podcast: 16-22 October 2014 issue review

Pension reforms, graphene and the implications of giving the Scottish parliament more control over immigration are discussed in this week’s Times Higher Education issue review

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