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Werewolf conference billed as first for UK academy

Event breaks new ground in examining the undead

Poland takes steps to open up HE to overseas students

Government seeks to build on increasing numbers coming from abroad to study in the country

Nicole Kidman visits King's to research Rosalind Franklin play

Academy Award-winning actress visits archives and old laboratories where the famous British scientist worked

Hurricane Katrina, Lan McClendon, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana

A decade after Hurricane Katrina: how is higher education faring in New Orleans?

Jon Marcus travels to the Big Easy to see the varying fortunes of the city’s universities

China crisis: what does it mean for student recruitment?

Currency devaluation and economic slowdown could stymie lucrative market

Pay academics bonuses to boost productivity, study suggests

Performance-related pay causes the best academics to cluster together, evidence from Germany suggests

A face replicated

More than half of psychology papers are not reproducible

Initiative to replicate findings of 100 prominent studies raises further questions about health of discipline

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Graduate unemployment back to pre-recession levels

But longitudinal survey also finds more university leavers are now working part-time or engaged in further study

Crowd signing President Hindenburg petition

New HEA chair: paying members could enshrine it as professional body

Rama Thirunamachandran says role and financing of sector’s teaching champion must be rethought

University and College Union (UCU) rally, Manchester

USS deficit rises despite savings from end of final salary pensions

Rising liabilities may again focus attention on whether Universities Superannuation Scheme assumptions are ‘unreasonably pessimistic’

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Grant delay unrelated to spending review fears, BBSRC insists

Postponement of responsive mode grants partly aimed at preserving success rates while research council makes ‘additional large investments’

Lincoln Cathedral, University of Lincoln

Casual lecturers ‘stigmatised by job titles’

The University of Lincoln rejects criticism for listing hourly paid staff on its website, saying they are ‘not second-class members of faculty’

Woman taking homeopathic medicine

Offering homeopathy waters down University of Toronto’s reputation, critics claim

Alternative treatments in healthcare plan is latest in a series of homeopathy-related controversies

Blogs

Have young academics been betrayed?

We need to stand up for early career researchers, says Catherine Fletcher

ego, vanity, pride

Vanity and conceit: the perils of self-citation

All scholars do it, but some are simply blowing their own trumpet, says Pat Thomson

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Questions of university autonomy and accountability

How do you reconcile university autonomy with the modern desire for accountability? asks Ferdinand von Prondzynski

Features

Foot about to step on banana peel 10 steps to PhD failure

Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could also use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer)

Businessperson wearing red boxing gloves ‘We’re worth more’: casual teaching staff fight back

Graduate teaching assistants are campaigning to improve temporary workers’ low pay and poor treatment. How is the battle going?

Lead feature montage (20 August 2015) Which universities are the most innovative?

Ellie Bothwell introduces our four ‘innovation indicators’ and reveals the strongest performers as we visualise a new ranking based on university-industry collaboration

In Numbers

The most expensive university MBAs in the UK 2015

Ranking of MBAs from most to least expensive based on fees charged to overseas students

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The Poppletonian (27 August 2015)

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Miles Cole illustration (27 August 2015) Metrics are no substitute for good research management

You can’t measure human skills the way you do engineering systems, Robert Dingwall and Mary Byrne McDonnell observe

Beer, pretzels and football on pub table Too much academic networking revolves around football and drink

Opportunities for informal scholarly interaction often leave many academics on the sidelines, says Jenny Pickerill

Elly Walton illustration (27 August 2015) More than gold: university rankings and the Olympics

Maria Yudkevich, Philip Altbach and Laura Rumbley examine the parallels between the grading of global institutions and sport

Stephen Curry columnist illustration Let’s be more frank with colleagues and students

Being head of undergraduate studies was an eye-opener for Stephen Curry

Huge crowd of academics (illustration) Yours, mine or ours?

As the trend for mass-authored papers in science spreads to other fields, PhD students’ work is still going unacknowledged

From Where I Sit illustration (27 August 2015) ‘Professor hunters’ dig in on the digital battlefield

Brian Bloch considers the attacks against two Humboldt University scholars in the internet age

Interest in borrowings is not mere linguistics

With individuals and institutions alike calculating potential costs of Brexit, recouping loans from EU students can’t be ignored

Books

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Book review: The Man Who Closed the Asylums, by John Foot

Book of the week: Helen Bynum welcomes a study of the psychiatrist who ended the jail-like seclusion of patients

Book review: The Mythology of Work, by Peter Fleming

Kate Hardy pauses in her labours to reconsider our attitudes to the paid employment treadmill

Book review: Xerxes: A Persian Life, by Richard Stoneman

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones appreciates a nuanced biography of a complex ruler whose achievements are often ignored

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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

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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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Africa map on canvas Africa university ranking 'could drive sector's development'

Conference hears that bespoke THE measures could help to incentivise improvement and attract public funding

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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We need to stand up for early career researchers, says Catherine Fletcher

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There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon