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University regulation ‘not fit for purpose’, says Which?

English higher education regulation is “no longer fit for purpose” and there needs to be “a strong regulator to protect students” paying higher fees.

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Fall in grant application success rates at five research councils Subscription

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Fewer applications prompt concerns over drop in funding and inflationary pressures

Imperial College London back at top of research council income table Subscription

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The London university, which was awarded £114 million, heads the list of grant winners in a ‘difficult funding climate’

UCU accused of betrayal over university pensions Subscription

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Ten branches demand sector conference as union fails to escalate industrial action in response to pay docking threats in marking boycott

BIS officials prepare for ‘further cuts’ Subscription

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Financial modelling likely to include cuts to research budget although student support most ‘vulnerable’ after 2015

‘Potatoes goin’ to potate’: Nigel Piercy has a dig at critics Subscription

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Dean of Swansea School of Management used ‘unsupportive’ language to dismiss student complaints

Vote of no confidence in Northampton vice-chancellor Subscription

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UCU passes motion as government guarantees £230 million public bond to fund Waterside campus

Plymouth University silent on ‘sexual harassment’ case findings Subscription

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The conclusions of an inquiry into allegations against William Taylor, the former chair of governors, will not be shared

Glasgow academic denies financial interest in paper on fracking Subscription

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Energy engineering professor Paul Younger says that the accusations of a conflict of interests are ‘beyond risible’

Who needs court? asks Cardiff University Subscription

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Consultation questions need for the body after it blocked the appointment of Griff Rhys Jones as chancellor

Suspended Bedfordshire academic fights for reputation Subscription

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Senior lecturer William Brown awaits professional conduct verdict as an earlier inquiry on a retracted paper is queried

HE in FE: truths and illusions Subscription

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Degree courses at further education colleges have the potential to ‘change lives, not society’, argues scholar

Sector urged to put brakes on Confucius Institutes’ expansion Subscription

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Book dubs Chinese government-funded centres ‘a threat to academic freedom’

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THE podcast: 20-26 November 2014 issue review

Grant application success rates, feared cuts to the research budget, this week’s books section and scholars’ favourite portrayals of academia in literature are all discussed in this week’s issue review

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