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The Palestinian academy: pressing concerns and future prospects

Matthew Reisz examines how scholars in the region cope with constraints as they continue to hope for a possible future independent state

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Assessing China’s academic orbit Subscription

5 March 2015 | By David Matthews

Yong Zhao believes China doesn’t foster the free thinkers it needs. What is the state of the country’s higher education system?

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The secret lives of child labourers of the Himalayas Subscription

5 February 2015 | By

For 15 months, social geographer Jane Dyson lived in a mountain village with young Indian workers, bonding over ‘mountain ice cream’

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Interview with David Lodge

As he turns 80, the writer discusses the ‘golden age’ of universities and the (imagined) sexual indiscretions of academics

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Beware ‘brain-based learning’ Subscription

12 December 2013

Enthusiasm for ‘neuroeducation’ risks blinding people to its potentially limited efficacy, argues Steven Rose

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Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray Subscription

26 March 2015 | By Alexander Massouras

An exhibition of Georgian satirical prints is a timely study of the medium’s enduring power, finds Alexander Massouras

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Still Alice, directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland Subscription

5 March 2015 | By Lucy Bolton

Julianne Moore gives a complex, nuanced portrait of a professor confounded and isolated by Alzheimer’s, writes Lucy Bolton

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Francesca Haig: fire forged Subscription

26 February 2015

Since her debut novel sparked a bidding war, the lecturer in creative writing has been writing full-time. But, she tells Emma Rees, she does miss teaching


Macbeth, Lost Theatre, London Subscription

19 February 2015

Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is actor-centred and is often best presented stripped of all distractions, says Peter J. Smith

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The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies Subscription

27 November 2014

Roger Michell faced ethical as well as artistic issues in dramatising the vilification of an innocent eccentric questioned over a murder, he tells Richard Howells

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Etty Hillesum: an intellectual woman ahead of her time Subscription

27 February 2014

Mary Evans on the insights into persecution, knowledge and sexuality of a Dutch Jewish writer killed in Auschwitz