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Student loan system ‘needs urgent review’, say MPs

BIS committee also criticises plans to sell loan book

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Concerns over new universities and science minister's dual role Subscription

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Greg Clark will split the position with his current role in charge of cities and growth

Few regrets for David Willetts Subscription

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Former universities and science minister reflects on his decisions and the challenges for his successor

University of Sunderland suspends recruitment at London campus Subscription

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Overseas students due to start courses in August told not to travel to the UK in the wake of the visa fraud inquiry

Secondary affiliations lift King Abdulaziz University in rankings Subscription

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Highly cited researchers’ other roles help to elevate Saudi university

Glyndwr planted the seeds of its financial woe some time ago Subscription

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String of poor decisions preceded suspension of highly trusted status

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University of Liverpool staff to lose pay if online students drop out Subscription

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Academic claims that pay would be deducted even if students quit Liverpool-Laureate course because of bereavement

Mooc makeover saves refugee course Subscription

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A shift in method of delivery rescued an interpretation programme for Dadaab camp inhabitants from closure

Snowball Metrics: no pinch of salt needed Subscription

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John Green is the man behind a researcher-led effort to cook up sound institutional comparisons

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Les Ebdon claims fee level has not put off poor students as spending to attract them climbs and admissions rise

Job advert ruffles feathers at School of Advanced Study Subscription

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Disquiet over plan to appoint new professor in digital humanities

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Researcher at University of Montreal laments the difficulty of recruiting male scientists to her all-female unit

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THE podcast: 17-23 July 2014 issue review

The cabinet reshuffle that sees Greg Clark replacing David Willetts as the minister for universities and science, the 2014 THE Summer Reads, and Anglo-Israeli academic collaboration are all up for discussion on this week’s issue review

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We speak to the new chancellor of the University of Birmingham

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