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Academics have internalised research assessment to such a degree that the effects may be irreversible, fears Thomas Harrison

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Huge variation in graduate teaching assistants’ pay Subscription

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Survey finds earnings fluctuate by department and wages fail to reflect hours worked

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UUK to look at what changes would lower cost of system after report reveals meagre savings after fees hike

‘Hard core’ UCU activists urge staff to reject 2% pay offer Subscription

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Marking boycott suspended as union warns accepting deal would represent a ‘damaging defeat’

Women in STEM ‘sole focus’ of gender imbalance debate Subscription

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More men must be encouraged into female-dominated areas such as nursing and teaching, says Ucas chief

Hepi director: we could learn from Australian funding system Subscription

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Policymakers urged to learn lessons from ‘advanced’ overseas model

Turnitin: learning aid or cheaters’ helper? Subscription

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Students’ use of plagiarism software is educational, firm and some scholars say

London Met told to act or face ‘extreme vulnerability’ Subscription

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University warned of ‘pattern of decline’ amid student recruitment problems

‘Beautiful minds’ neglected as KAUST courts global elite Subscription

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Saudi princess sounds alarm over institution’s share of local students

Sector traditions can survive ‘digital avalanche’ Subscription

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UUK head dismisses warning over technological change

‘Pot schools’ crop up as US states relax laws Subscription

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But federal restrictions on cannabis are hampering US research, scholars warn

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Pro vice-chancellor John Grattan recalls his hastily constructed plan of action in the face of the January storms

Not the standard model: the physics of pole dancing Subscription

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A University of Sheffield scientist is using pole dancing to make his subject more accessible

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The story of an unlikely branch campus in Cyprus and higher education on a divided island

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THE podcast: 24 April 2014 issue review

How much should graduate teaching assistants get paid? Should more be done to encourage men on to female-dominated degree courses? And what lies in store in this week’s books section? All this and more in this week’s issue review

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We speak to the chancellor of the University of Greenwich

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“It’s an extraordinarily exciting time for all those with a deep intellectual interest in the philosophy of branding.”

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Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity, by Prue Shaw Subscription

Elena Lombardi lauds a persuasive invitation to everyone yet to be beguiled by the Divine Comedy

Publishing and the Advancement of Science – From Selfish Genes to Galileo’s Finger, by Michael Rodgers Subscription

Jon Turney on an editor whose work with popular science writers helped to re-establish the genre

The Proteus Paradox: How Online Games and Virtual Worlds Change Us – And How They Don’t, by Nick Yee Subscription

Steve Redhead finds a lack of sophistication in this analysis of the online gaming community

Notebooks, English Virtuosi, and Early Modern Science, by Richard Yeo Subscription

William Poole on how a culture of literary commonplacing gradually gave way to one of scientific record-keeping

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