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Science and Innovation Strategy launched by government

Treasury also announces review of research councils to ensure ‘maximum impact’ from investment

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Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2015 results out now

Engineering degrees still not appealing to women Subscription

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Little change in uptake over past 10 years despite millions spent on initiatives to widen participation in STEM subjects

Questions remain over postgraduate loan figures Subscription

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Uncertainty over how many students will apply for the loans and how much the scheme will cost

Warwick academics ‘treated like City traders’ with financial targets Subscription

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UCU official attacks redundancy criteria at the university amid calls to reverse ‘dangerous’ process

Universities need more collaboration, less competition Subscription

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David Willetts calls for academics to work together during a debate on the REF and the state of higher education

UUK criticises ‘excessive prudence’ behind pension reforms Subscription

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The USS is being attacked from all sides over the methodology of its valuation and assumptions, claims UCU

Researcher claims to have answer to negative citations Subscription

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Dividing citation into six groups could improve the accuracy of metrics in research assessment, paper argues

Fight fixed-term work, research councils entreated Subscription

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UCU argues that a rise in project-based grants fuel job insecurity and deter postgraduates from working in academia

Rethink reliance on self-funded postgraduates Subscription

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Plans to raise researcher numbers at risk if study is unaffordable, universities warned

Developing nations are too focused on Anglo-US universities, v-c says Subscription

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South African v-c tells THE BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit that rankings steer institutions away from vital local concerns

University of Northampton refuses FoI request for minutes Subscription

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University claims exemption from releasing details of board of governors meeting, citing ‘commercial interests’

Researcher volunteers for moral duty on Ebola’s front line Subscription

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Shunmay Yeung of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine describes her part in fighting the viral outbreak in Sierra Leone

Australia: Coalition takes second run at higher education reform bill Subscription

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One day after a Senate defeat, the government renews efforts to pass controversial package of changes

Too many postdocs, not enough research jobs Subscription

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Fears rise in the US that talented early career scientists are being driven out of the sector because of lack of opportunities

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The flawed research excellence framework is not a process of peer review in any meaningful sense, argues Derek Sayer

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Reporter Chris Parr discusses trends in university architecture with Paul Roberts, executive director and co-founder of Turnberry Consulting, and Isabelle Taylor, head of publications at the same organisation

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Poppleton college slammed Subscription

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Poppleton’s leading private for-profit higher education college, the Great British College of Business, Computing, Technology and Management, has been “shamed” in a new report

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Roger Morgan lauds a biography charting Labour statesman’s rise from a colliery to the Cabinet

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Film-makers are challenging mainstream media depictions of state terror, finds Linnie Blake

The Winter of Discontent: Myth, Memory, and History, by Tara Martin López Subscription

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