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Let the right one in: hiring academic staff

Recruitment processes at UK universities need an overhaul if we are to hire the best people, argues Thomas Harrison

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Demand for STEM subjects holds up in wake of fees hike Subscription

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But Hefce sounds alarm over the slump in foreign language students

UCL accused of shirking moral duty to workers at Qatar campus Subscription


Union claims it has evidence of forced labour and exploitation at the Education City complex in Doha

Campus ‘slackers’ kicked into gear Subscription


Lecturer finds a way to make the ‘social loafers’ in class pull their weight in group assignments

University of Leeds lectures legal scholar over ‘political’ tweets Subscription


Experts question ‘draconian’ social media policies after university rebukes academic questioning Theresa May’s policies

Clark: record recruitment will not compromise student experience Subscription


Fears of overcrowded courses and falling standards as university admissions set to exceed 500,000 for first time

University of Dundee PFI scheme deemed ‘unsustainable’ Subscription


Institution looks for new business model to pay for halls of residence

Thomas Docherty’s ban left University of Warwick students in limbo Subscription


Silence greeted requests for references or PhD guidance from professor

GTAs at University of Leeds target v-c in row over unpaid work Subscription


Postgraduate research students who teach call for an end to their ‘appalling treatment’ by the university

Celebrity masterminds: Laurie Taylor and Sally Feldman on fame Subscription


Sociologist’s and media scholar’s work on TV interview series furnished raw material for a study of the limelight and those in it

Low publication output for female scientists Subscription


Analysis suggests that male physicists and mathematicians author nearly 50 per cent more papers than female colleagues

HEA’s International Scholarship awards axed Subscription


£140,000 2014 programme scrapped because of ‘significant budget cuts’

Students at Pearson College get green light for SLC funds Subscription


Private provider passes QAA’s new review, making domestic intake eligible for public funding

Five applicants for every place on postgraduate scholarship scheme Subscription


1,700 students apply for 350 places on biggest programme ever run in the UK

Polish academics return from Silicon Valley ‘willing to take risks’ Subscription


Elite scholars are visiting the universities of Stanford and Berkeley in a mission to boost the country’s standing in a European innovation index

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International and postgrad fee survey, 2014

Tuition fees are rising for overseas students. If the cap on undergraduate fees is lifted, will they follow suit?

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THE podcast: 21-27 August 2014 issue review

The International and postgraduate student fees survey 2014, student recruitment following the increase in tuition fees, tweeting academics, and female bodybuilding are all discussed in this week’s issue review

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A study of heliocentrism rightly acknowledges the work of Islamic astronomers, writes Peter Barker

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