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University of Nottingham Malaysia campus

Branch campus death knell ‘over-exaggerated’, says offshore provost

Head of University of Nottingham Malaysia says too much emphasis placed on small number of closures

Former president of South Africa Thabo Mbeki

Thabo Mbeki: African universities must show they can aid development

Former president of South Africa addresses inaugural THE Africa Universities Summit

AC Grayling, writer and academic

Southampton Solent to validate £18K New College of the Humanities degrees

A. C. Grayling’s ‘Oxbridge-style’ private college strikes agreement with post-92 institution

Student pharmacists at work in laboratory

Pharmacy course ‘cut entry standard’ to recruit students

Pressure from senior management at Uclan to increase student numbers led to pharmacy school over-recruiting, General Pharmaceutical Council finds

England, Oxfordshire, Henley Regatta, people under cover

Quality assurance and TEF should be ‘one system’, says Hefce head

Madeleine Atkins calls for ‘alignment and synergy’ between assessment regimes

Gender

Athena SWAN reaches Ireland

Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick become first organisations outside of the UK to gain an Athena SWAN charter mark for gender equality

Globe-trotting businessperson (illustration)

Globe-trotting researchers make a mark with their work

Data show link between international collaboration, mobility and high-impact research

Loan, money, savings

OBR should examine student loans system, says panel

Independent Commission on Fees concerned by high write-off rate and impact on ‘squeezed middle’

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Hong Kong students 'storm meeting' after council fails to appoint liberal to key post

Council member accused of ‘diving like a cheating soccer player’ as continued delay in decision on pro vice-chancellor candidate sparks chaotic scenes

Men and women compete in the quirky annual Sumo Run held on a weekend in June, in Battersea Park, in London, England

Governing bodies need to be open to all, says v-c

Head of Canterbury Christ Church, which has seen female representation almost triple on its board, says more needs to be done to seek out talent

Young couple trying to help a man get onto his horse

Teach students to be nice to improve equality, suggests study

Improving students’ ‘spiritual and moral growth’ is only solution to growing social barriers in higher education, say scholars

Chris Husbands Sheffield Hallam

Chris Husbands named new Sheffield Hallam vice-chancellor

Institute of Education director to replace Philip Jones in January 2016

Freedom of speech

South African student leader spared sanction for Hitler comments

University of Witwatersrand describes statements as 'abhorrent' but defends freedom of speech

Blogs

Go-kart race

News blog: How will the lifting of student number controls affect universities?

Concern that quantity, not quality will be prioritised as higher education marketplace opens up

Interconnected world/global roaming

Roaming between networks

From Africa to the UK, countries must find ways to capitalise on the global ebb and flow of today’s mobile scholars

What is the point of university art collections?

Matthew Reisz looks for the value in dull pictures of long-forgotten vice-chancellors

Features

Men hanging painting on gallery wall What purpose do campus art collections serve?

Are such treasures art for art’s sake, v-cs’ follies or vital assets that further institutional missions?

United Kingdom Queen's Guard bending spoon bayonet Is ‘risk-based’ quality assurance too risky?

The big game-changer ahead may not be plans to ‘root out bad teaching’ via a TEF, but a shift to light-touch quality assessment

Silhouette of people building scaffolding How might a teaching excellence framework be built?

As a vague policy commitment moves towards reality, Jack Grove assesses the potential ways and means

Podcasts & Videos

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THE podcast: 23-29 July 2015 issue review

This week's issue discussed by the Times Higher Education team

In Numbers

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New British Academy fellows take total past 1,000

Dame Carol Ann Duffy among the 65 names announced

Poppletonian

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Opinion

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From Where I Sit illustration (30 July 2015) How the 99 per cent learn: America’s overlooked successes

It’s a pity the efforts of myriad institutions striving daily to help students of diverse backgrounds are eclipsed by Ivy League tales, says Alan Ruby

Marcus Butt illustration (30 July 2015) I’m in remission, and seeing colleagues with new eyes

John Gilbey fretted over telling those he worked with of his cancer – needlessly, for they were all caring and supportive

Alan Ryan columnist illustration Kant is my co-driver: philosophy and driverless cars

Should autonomous vehicles have ethics programmed in? asks Alan Ryan

Hand holding one pound coin (illustration) What price trust? The cost of breaking student loan promises

Changing current students’ debt repayment terms would damage public faith in government, say John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia

Nate Kitch illustration (30 July 2015) The REF: why did it cost so much?

The sums spent on the exercise were exorbitant and the money could be better spent, argues Derek Sayer

Interconnected world/global roaming Roaming between networks

From Africa to the UK, countries must find ways to capitalise on the global ebb and flow of today’s mobile scholars

podcast cover 23 July 2015 THE podcast: 23-29 July 2015 issue review

This week's issue discussed by the Times Higher Education team

Felipe Fernández-Armesto illustration Academics’ digs: chambers of horror?

Felipe Fernández-Armesto upgrades his view on accommodation for visiting scholars after a trip to Santander

Books

Review: The China Model, by Daniel Bell

An argument for a ruling elite based on exams leaves Jonathan Mirsky feeling puzzled

Review: Yanks and Limeys, by Niall Barr

A. W. Purdue on the conflicting interests of the Americans and British

Review: Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth, by Alison Assiter

Danielle Sands welcomes a focus on a life stage that has been largely neglected by philosophers

Review: Victoria: Queen, Matriarch, Empress, by Jane Ridley

Easy lay the head that wore the crown, despite maternal meddling, says Ruth Richardson

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David Bell has some words of wisdom for Jo Johnson, the new minister for universities and science, as an ‘eventful’ five years loom

REF 2014

REF tactics: can you win by fielding the whole team?

Universities, and especially the research elite, faced a choice between aiming for highest quality scores and the greatest number of staff submitted

N8 remains optimistic despite REF slide

The director of a partnership of research-intensive universities is upbeat about future outlook

Overseas academics ‘should have REF input’

LSE pro-director also calls for metrics to measure impact

Rankings

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100 Under 50 Rankings 2015 results

Ranking of universities under 50 years old shows a dip in UK’s strength in depth and Swiss on a roll

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The world of higher education responds to our latest rankings

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