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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

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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

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Chris Husbands named new Sheffield Hallam vice-chancellor

Institute of Education director to replace Philip Jones in January 2016

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Traditional PhD supervision ‘under threat’ from commercial thinking

Industry-led approach to doctoral education may ‘marginalise’ mentoring

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Academics lack understanding to make business-university links work, says study

Report says projects fail when scholars obsessed with “shiny things” ignore business needs

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University spent £300K on London outpost that did not enrol any students

University of South Wales shuts Docklands centre after less than a year

Tarsier has eyes that are larger than it's brain. Bohol island, Philippines

Life sciences' REF triumph 'lacks credibility'

Bibliometric analysis concludes lower-quality thresholds in 2014 are more likely explanation for doubling of top-rated research

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Half of universities lack formal guidance on sex harassment

NUS study highlights shortcomings in policies and training to tackle ‘lad culture’

Members of the Rhoban project's team check functions of a humanoid robot at the LaBRI workshop in Talence, southwestern France, July 7, 2014. The humanoid robot, one of four, which is developed by researchers and students from the University of Bordeaux,

Let students build tech products, UK sector told

Graduate talent spotter says UK’s ‘theoretical’ courses should be more like those in continental Europe

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Anthony McClaran to leave QAA and take over at Teqsa

Former Ucas head to join Australia's higher education regulator

Universities urged to be ‘powerful voice’ on benefits of EU membership

Dame Julia Goodfellow, Universities UK president-elect, calls for higher education to ‘stand up and be counted’ in EU referendum debate

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Julian Lloyd Webber takes helm at Birmingham Conservatoire

New principal sets out his vision for the institution

Blogs

What is the point of university art collections?

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

Two hands exchanging money

The people who give millions to their alma mater

A £17.5 million donation to the University of Cambridge has thrown the spotlight on philanthropy, but where does it sit in the recent history of cash gifts? asks John Elmes

Cloud technology: the advantages and disadvantages for universities

Jeremy Sharp looks at the perks and pitfalls for universities using cloud-based services

Features

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

Trekkers crossing river, Tarkine rainforest Why do students study so far from home?

Nick Hillman examines the endurance of the boarding school model of higher education

Man lying on beach, Glyfada, Greece Brexit: the perks and pitfalls for higher education

After Tory victory in the general election, an EU exit could become reality. We hear from both sides of the debate

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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Laurie Taylor – 23 July 2015

Laurie Taylor presents the official weekly newsletter of the University of Poppleton. Finem respice!

Opinion

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

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

From Where I Sit illustration (23 July 2015) Celebrity speakers: putting money where their mouths are

In the US, the cost of paying for expensive commencement speeches is diverting funds from where they’re most needed, says Howard Segal

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Weekly transmissions from the blogosphere

Tagliatelle with bolognese sauce and glass of red wine A simplified recipe for Bologna

The reforms have caused rigidity and bloat. Stefan Kühl thinks a boiled-down approach is needed

Daniel Mitchell illustration (23 July 2015) University autonomy: not the only principle we should defend

Self-governance is a must for the sector, but we must use it to engage with wider society’s concerns, argues Matthew Andrews

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (23 July 2015) Sexism: pervasive in the academy?

As more women push on the ‘sticky door’, Paula Nicolson reflects on her own experiences over three decades

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

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education Building the perfect beast

As the sector debates the design of a teaching-ometer, campuses wait to discover the strength of the TEF’s power over fee levels

Books

Book review: Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, by Charlotte Gordon

Valerie Sanders on a moving dual biography of two feminist icons

Book review: The Worm at the Core, by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski

Janet Sayers is left nonplussed by a psychology text that raises more questions than answers

Book review: Auditions: Architecture and Aurality, by Rob Stone

A journey into ‘sound design’ strikes discordant tones: Richard J. Williams is all ears

Book review: A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design, by Frank Wilczek

Cait MacPhee on the role of aesthetics in physical exploration

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Momentum builds on fossil fuel divestment

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Welcome to the hot seat, Mr Johnson

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

THE World Reputation Rankings 2015: reaction

The world of higher education responds to our latest rankings

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