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THE Leader

Defence must not rest Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

With cuts looming on the horizon, the sector cannot afford to relent in pressing the case to protect the research budget

Doors open as others swing shut Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Policies on immigration often conflict with sector ambitions regarding overseas students and signal a turbulent spell ahead

Searching for solid ground Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Aftershocks following the austerity reforms of 2010 are still being felt, with mature students particularly hard hit

Soundings of choppy waters Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

The government unleashed private providers to change the sector, but has there been a tide of creative disruption?

Watching but also discerning Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Universities collecting data to monitor performance must be transparent and in sync with academic work and goals

Climates of fear, public and private Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Courage, or lack of it, can spur people to achieve, but everyone must decide for themselves how far out to stick their neck

Maximise returns – go long Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

Universities know well the value of international students, but myopic politicians struggle to see past electoral expediency

The Nobel path is not a safe one Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Planning to win top laurels is a fool’s errand, so how should research be structured to best produce far-reaching results?

Buying their way to the top Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

Tackling inequality and broadening access to higher education has knock-on benefits for the whole of society

Launching high flyers takes cash Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

With falling numbers of home postgraduates, the issue of who should pay for this vital study, and how, is an urgent one

Adrift in a market of the self Subscription

11 September 2014 | By

Who in higher education gains from commercialisation? The values it promotes do not chime with the ethos of the academy

Working family allowances Subscription

4 September 2014 | By

Being an academic and a parent is harder than it should be, but not all want children while others make it work regardless

Vanishing points of view Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Universities abandoned to untrammelled market forces risk being robbed of their diversity, with unpredictable results

It couldn’t happen here? Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

The pitfalls of the American experience of marketisation are well known, but the UK need not make the same mistakes

Slipping through the net Subscription

14 August 2014 | By

A positive student experience is one of the most effective hooks for catching both undergraduates and postgraduates

The World Cup is not enough Subscription

7 August 2014 | By

Latin America’s giant wants to be a player in more than football, and universities worldwide are keen to help it achieve its goal

The high costs of courage Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

Academic whistleblowers face ostracism and curtailed careers until the system fully recognises the value of more transparency

Closing the ‘town-gown’ gap Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

The new universities minister Greg Clark also has ‘cities’ in his remit, but cries of mission creep may be premature

Time to reflect on reforms Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

David Willetts’ controversial policies divided opinion but the former minister won respect in a role that matched his talents

The right to be unpopular Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Universities need to be careful about equating academic freedom and outspoken opinions with employee misconduct

Visa issues at heart of problem Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Universities must take responsibility for oversight of international students – an arm’s-length approach is no protection

Tales of continental drift Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

The globalised academy offers ambitious scholars a plethora of opportunities, yet expat life is nothing if not unpredictable

Imperialist metric systems Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

Inappropriate measures of performance are detrimental to the intrinsic motivations of an academic workforce

Erudition needed for in-out vote Subscription

12 June 2014 | By

In the debate about Scottish independence, university leaders have been notably reticent in stating their position

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