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Plymouth’s outgoing pro-chancellor takes aim at chair of governors

Plymouth University’s chair of governors has been accused of “poor governance” and risking “serious reputational damage” to the institution

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Medium-sized research-intensives come out on top in this year’s NSS

Hefce: ‘governance events’ at Plymouth University warrant review Subscription

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‘Breakdown in personal relationship’ of senior figures must also be addressed

Clearing 'scramble' will be less severe, claim vice-chancellors Subscription

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University chiefs forecast a lower level of activity despite 30,000 extra student places

Underemployed graduates ‘stay in stepping-stone jobs too long’ Subscription

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Graduates in non-graduate occupations - ‘gringos’ - are not hunting for roles that use their higher education skills, say academics

Upscaling dean claims his actions compensated for disgruntled Swansea staff Subscription

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Head of Swansea University School of Management also complains about external examiner’s behaviour

Calls for Greg Clark to reassure universities over wider remit Subscription

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Minister in dual role has a more extensive list of responsibilities than predecessor David Willetts

University College London silent on fate of convicted professor Subscription

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Future of Gennadij Raivich, a neuroscientist with a sideline as a private sperm donor, uncertain after conviction for sexual assault

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Glyndwr University offers £200 to entice new students with US-style marketing technique

MP criticises treatment of Bedfordshire during overseas student recruitment inquiry Subscription

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Sector leaders alarmed at ‘inappropriate’ naming of university while Home Office visa audit was ongoing

Amity University seeks site in London for 5,000-student campus Subscription

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Indian private university searches for site as it signals an interest in partnerships with UK institutions

Funding drought to hit rural Australia worst, mission group leader warns Subscription

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The chief of the Regional Universities Network on the impact of the Coalition’s planned reforms

All together now: higher education and the cooperative model Subscription

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Could organising universities in a different way ease institutions’ financial woes and bring about greater democracy?

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THE podcast: 14-20 August 2014 issue review

The National Student Survey, graduates in non-graduate occupations, the career choices of PhD students, and this week’s books section are discussed in the latest Times Higher Education issue review podcast

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We speak to the CEO of GSM London (formerly Greenwich School of Management)

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Suggestions that economists at our university might have been among those who offered or accepted sex in order to secure co-authorship credits have been described as “mere gossip” by our Head of Economics, Professor D. B. Ruckgang

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Despite popular wisdom, time did not stop in the Most Serene Republic after all, says Kate Ferris

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An analysis of anti-Semitic ideology illuminates a number of its contradictions, says Roger Morgan

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Three different religious standpoints are not merely distinct but incompatible, says Robert A. Segal

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