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UCU and Unite members reject pay offer

Two unions reject 1 per cent offer, but Unison and GMB get behind it

US faculty unions under threat

Supreme Court to consider whether educators are obliged to pay union fees

BTEC students ‘less likely to gain top degrees’, suggests study

HEA-commissioned report says those with vocational background may need more support, but also warns against seeing such qualifications as inferior

Money cuts

Top Canadian scientist leaving country for UK over ‘worrisome’ research cuts

Robert Brownstone will take up the role of chair of neurosurgery at University College London

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Baroness Amos: emulate US on racial diversity in leadership

Next director of Soas says UK higher education can learn much from across the Atlantic


Put flexibility at core of part-time provision, universities told

Many part-time students forced to miss part of their course, HEA survey finds

Cuts to Disabled Students' Allowances back on agenda

Government reductions could leave universities to fund most help for disabled students

Shirley Atkinson, vice-chancellor of the University of Sunderland

Sunderland names Shirley Atkinson as vice-chancellor

Interim University of Sunderland leader succeeds Peter Fidler in top job 

Elsevier journal editors ‘may be asked to resign’ in open access row

Institutions pressure Elsevier to permit all Dutch papers to be freely available online by 2024

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Duke of York is new University of Huddersfield chancellor

Prince Andrew will succeed Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart

Yvette Cooper backs increased science spend with 3 per cent GDP target

Labour leadership candidate calls for 'revolution in science' and increased research and development spend

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Private college’s retention rates ‘unsatisfactory’, says QAA

ABI College investigation finds only two of 45-strong cohort have achieved intended qualifications

UK universities at risk from ‘ill-informed’ immigration debate, warns Cambridge v-c

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz draws on his own background as the child of Polish immigrants to counter ‘negative’ rhetoric on immigration


Budget savings needed

Budget 2015: Five things for universities to watch out for

Pension relief, salary sacrifice schemes and higher education budgets could be targeted by George Osborne, says Jack Grove

The secret to developing university leaders

Why are certain employers hotbeds for the creation of higher education leaders, asks John Gill

Graduate employability data no way to measure teaching quality

Using employability data to assess a university’s teaching is ‘deeply problematic’, says Graham Gibbs


Hungarian woman wearing a plastic bag in the rain Can free thinking continue amid authoritarian culture?

With Hungary accused of ‘undermining democratic values’, Malcolm Gillies considers to what extent universities with a liberal mission can flourish in ‘illiberal’ societies

A woman floating in the sea The postdoc experience: hopes and fears

Six early career researchers reflect on their experiences

A group of people wearing gas masks Peer review: not as old as you might think

Peer review is often thought of as ancient and unchanging, but it is neither – and it shouldn’t be treated as a sacred cow, argues Aileen Fyfe

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Five female firsts in higher education leadership

Appointment of first black female university leader is watershed moment


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Jo Johnson THE podcast: 2 - 8 July 2015 issue review

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

Spelling mistake/typo pinned to corkboard Exam howlers: to share or not to share

Is it fair to laugh at students’ mistakes? Anger at THE’s annual exam howlers competition has generated a wave of self-published mistakes

Sally Feldman columnist illustration The pleasure and pain of a good pair of shoes

Heels are instruments both of torture and feminism, says Sally Feldman

Paul Jump, Times Higher Education From lab gigs to headliners

It’s a long way to the top if you want to make it as a PI, but there are many positives on the path to that big break

An illustration of a lifebelt The quirks and surprises of being the in-house English speaker

From translating health and safety advice to tongue-twisters, there’s always something new to do, says Kate Macdonald

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Haldane unbound would be as dangerous as unchecked utilitarianism, argues the astronomer royal

Illustration Sausage illustration (2 July 2015) Impaired drivers of higher education growth

David Willetts is wrong: the sector is put at risk by the student loans system’s structural flaws, warns Andrew McGettigan

World University Rankings blog: Lessons from the laureates

Nobel prizewinners tell Phil Baty about their tips for success


Book review: Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite, by Terri Ochiagha

Willy Maley on an ‘Eton of the East’ in Nigeria that inadvertently inspired a generation of writers

Book review: The End of Cinema? A Medium in Crisis in the Digital Age, by André Gaudreault and Philippe Marion

The advent of sound, of TV, of digital – the doomsayers have always pronounced on the demise of the flicks, Philip Kemp discovers

The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory

Alison Stokes on the literature that has tried to make complex explanations of the natural world accessible to laymen

Book review: The Guardians The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire by Susan Pedersen

Niamh Gallagher on a body that, in chipping away at imperial rule, shaped the modern world

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