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Labour must be steered by the economy in policy rethink

£6K tuition fees was the wrong idea at the wrong time. The party has to tailor its future plans to the wider climate, argues Andy Westwood

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Times Higher Education Awards 2015: enter now

Third of casual staff struggling to pay rent, UCU poll finds Subscription


Survey details the financial and personal costs of casualisation in higher education

UK is a knockout performer on pound-for-pound basis Subscription


Universitas 21’s GDP-adjusted ranking of global higher education systems puts British system near top

Report says accounting rules now drive policy in higher education Subscription


Hepi document envisages harsher repayment terms for students and loan book sold at a loss

Wes Streeting MP: we captured the spirit of ambition of those voting Subscription


The former president of the National Union of Students explains how his background helped Labour take Ilford North from the Tories

‘Cuckoo managers’ are throwing out academy traditions Subscription


Managerialism has taken over the university, professor argues

Ask teacherbot: are robots the answer? Subscription


A digital tool created by the University of Edinburgh uses Twitter to engage with Mooc learners

Rejected MA was too critical of white establishment, says academic Subscription


Black scholar at UCL claims that he lost out on a permanent job after his proposed course ‘scared’ the academy

Sir Adrian Webb called back to reflect on direction of Glyndwr University Subscription


Review group to reconvene over future of higher education in North Wales

More scientists mean bigger slice of funding pie for Wales Subscription


Welsh universities need 600 more additional academics in STEMM subjects to get their ‘fair’ share of research cash

UCL could link promotion and internationalisation activities Subscription


University considers rewarding staff who help with global goals as it moves from a branch campus model towards a network of partnerships

Chile's universities set for some turmoil on long road to reform Subscription


Bumps are expected in decade-long shift away from market-based system

Surprising responses to Hamlet Africa tour Subscription


Researcher finds reactions to Shakespeare performance vary wildly across continent

Lebanese academy aims to close gulf with ‘culture of innovation’ Subscription


Institutions seek new ways to halt exodus of country’s scholars

Study reveals misery of overseas scholars ‘living the dream’ Subscription


Many of the Italian researchers interviewed said they were unhappy working abroad

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PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete?

Should the foundations of a 21st-century academic career still be built on the traditional model?

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THE podcast: 21-27 May 2015 issue review

The financial difficulties facing university staff on fixed-term or casualised contracts, the future of the doctoral thesis, and the UK’s performance in a global higher education ranking which is adjusted to take account of GDP are all discussed this week

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General election 2015: 8 key Twitter moments for HE Subscription

Defining moments for universities on the night that the UK went to the polls

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The Russell of Spring Subscription


“Let’s hope Jo turns out like good old Willetts.” That was the reported reaction of a leading member of the Russell Group to the news that Jo Johnson was to be the new minister for universities and science

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How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-extinction, by Beth Shapiro Subscription

By Tiffany Taylor

Work to bring creatures back from the dead is a tale of wonder and warning, writes Tiffany Taylor

Gabrielle Petit: The Death and Life of a Female Spy in the First World War, by Sophie De Schaepdrijver Subscription

By Niamh Gallagher

The memory of a Belgian heroine differed from the woman herself, Niamh Gallagher discovers

On the Commodity Trail: The Journey of a Bargain Store Product from East to West, by Alison Hulme Subscription

By Louise Crewe

A remarkable investigation into the global traffic in cheap shelf-fillers uncovers both meanness and meaning in the market, says Louise Crewe

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, by Bruce Schneier Subscription

By Paul Bernal

Paul Bernal clicks with a maverick thinker who shows how business and governments are building a global surveillance network and how we can fight back

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Welcome to the hot seat, Mr Johnson

David Bell has some words of wisdom for Jo Johnson, the new minister for universities and science, as an ‘eventful’ five years loom

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REF 2014 results: table of excellence Subscription

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Some post-92s gain, but traditional research powers dominate 2014 research excellence framework rankings

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