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Blog: REF 2014 – a fair comparison of quality?

John Holmwood and Stephen McKay examine the results for the social sciences and identify some anomalies

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Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2015: enter now

Clamour for clarity on the reach of chief scientific adviser Subscription

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Academics seek to determine role of Sir Mark Walport after announcement of Nurse review of research councils

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Submission patterns reveal how institutions responded to rules

UCU Left defiant on pension deal Subscription

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Letter urges university staff to reject new pensions offer and renew strike action, despite warnings that success is unlikely

Thomas Docherty case cost University of Warwick over £43K Subscription

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University says there are ‘lessons to be learned’ from professor’s tribunal

OECD’s head of education gives thumbs up to £9K tuition fee system Subscription

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Endorsement comes after ministers are accused by Labour of misleading Parliament

Monographs have to adapt to keep a place in the future Subscription

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Geoffrey Crossick, author of the report ‘Monographs and Open Access’, argues that the format is resilient but must embrace open access

New Scottish education secretary sets out priorities Subscription

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Angela Constance urges universities to take the lead on access as she decries principals’ pay rises and confirms talks on post-study work visa

More access to public funds for private college Subscription

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‘Institution level’ designation granted to ifs University College in August makes it first to win the status since 2006

PGCE retains status after coalition split Subscription

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Recommendation in report on teacher training appeared to downgrade the value of postgraduate qualifications

Merger is ‘bad news for universities’, say librarians Subscription

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Journal prices could rise further if Springer-Macmillan deal goes ahead, some fear

‘People should be allowed to say things we don’t like’, says MP Subscription

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Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert decries ‘illiberal’ campuses and ‘selfish’ calls by v-cs to raise tuition fees

Analysis: are EU students feeling the squeeze? Subscription

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A comparison of student-to-staff ratios and spending per student across Europe

Ronnie Fraser settles ‘anti-Semitism’ case costs row Subscription

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Lecturer agrees an out-of-court settlement after the UCU sought to reclaim its legal costs

Teacher training allocations a ‘slap in the face’ Subscription

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Universities denied extra places in favour of schools and SCITTs

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Russia’s universities: rebuilding ‘collapsed stars’

Jack Grove reports from Moscow on bold plans to revive the country’s ailing higher education sector

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THE podcast: 22-28 January 2015 issue review

The role of the government’s chief scientific adviser, Russia’s bid to get five universities into the world’s top 100, and this week’s THE Books section are all covered in our latest issue review

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The 100 most international universities in the world 2015

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Our latest list of the top 100 international universities using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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REF 2014 rerun: who are the 'game players'? Subscription

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How do rankings shift when institutions are compared on research intensity rather than on standard GPA alone?

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“I haven’t yet heard from Theresa May, but I’m confident that she will regard my proposal as a positive contribution.”

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Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, by Judy Wajcman Subscription

It’s not machines but rather man that makes us dread the clock’s tick, Stina Lyon discovers

The Battle for Open: How Openness Won and Why it Doesn’t Feel Like Victory, by Martin Weller Subscription

Sandra Leaton Gray on a chilling true story of the monetisation of the contents of academics’ heads

Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life, by Jie Li Subscription

Jonathan Mirsky on one family’s memories of life in a Shanghai alleyway, from Mao to the modern day

Darius in the Shadow of Alexander, by Pierre Briant, translated by Jane Marie Todd Subscription

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones on the Persian king who has always been sidelined by Alexander the Great

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