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Liam Byrne: Why fees should be £6K

As Ed Miliband announces Labour’s policy on university tuition fees, the shadow universities minister sets out his party’s plans for higher education

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Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2015: enter now

Offa: removing cap removes excuses on lack of poor students Subscription


Regulator wants elite universities to set ‘challenging targets’ on admissions as student number controls end in autumn

Private college’s visa licence suspended as BIS and QAA launch inquiries Subscription


Two government departments and watchdog investigate St Patrick’s College

Performance-related pay is way forward for sector, says UUK review Subscription


Sir Ian Diamond’s efficiencies report endorses the shift from incremental pay rises to service-related rewards

Reform of research funding formula will benefit elites, says REF critic Subscription


Division as scholars analyse Hefce’s system for dividing £1 billion QR pot

Lower scores for Asian staff on Rate My Professors website Subscription


Postgrad’s study questions reliability of results on staff evaluation website as US students seek ‘easiest A’

Journal editor’s self-citation rate under scrutiny Subscription


Oxford blogger publishes citation count for autism expert, who ran two Elsevier titles

Advisory board to help steer Nurse review of research councils Subscription


Group will be made up of experts and prominent figures from across higher education

Barroso sees lessons for European universities from his US vantage Subscription


Continent must learn to maximise research strengths, says former European Commission president turned ‘accidental academic’

Is the journal ratings game good for researchers? Subscription


The Association of Business Schools has released its latest ranking of periodicals, but not everyone welcomes it

New chief at University Alliance floats rebrand idea Subscription


CEO Maddalaine Ansell proposes asset sharing and collaborating with business on course design at mission group

Innovative new leadership role will become a must, predicts Bath v-c Subscription


Hefce chief to take up post of vice-president (implementation) in the spring tasked with change management

Social scientists who wish to drive policy should ‘think big’ Subscription


Senior sector figures urge new cohort to engage, draw on large datasets, collaborate with science and tackle the era’s major questions. Plus the latest higher education appointments

Black PhD students are pioneers in their subjects, says professor Subscription


Hakim Adi urges early career researchers at first meeting of Black Doctoral Network UK to be resilient when facing difficulties

Troubleshooter Graham Upton tackles Glyndwr University Subscription


Having turned the University of Cumbria around, Upton is now heading to Wrexham

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How do universities cope in the aftermath of fires, earthquakes and killing sprees?

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6 significant challenges impeding technology adoption in higher education in 2015


What will hold back the use of technology in higher education over the next five years?

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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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It was there all the time! Subscription


Our Deputy Head of REF Strategy, Brian Bryan, has expressed “absolute delight” at the news that the high-powered research panels set up to detect “impact” in the 2014 research excellence framework appear to have had no difficulty whatsoever in discovering its existence and measuring its relative value

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