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Academics in the minority at more than two-thirds of UK universities

Analysis of Hesa data reveals the extent to which academics are outnumbered by support staff

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German abolition of tuition fees ‘cannot be model for UK universities’

Hepi report says higher education systems are too different to allow for an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution

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USS bonuses went up £4 million as final salary pension scheme axed

Bumper year for fund managers at the Universities Superannuation Scheme

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Medical research shifts from universities to hospitals

Global analysis shows hospital studies increasingly important but industry publications dip

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The week in higher education – 3 September 2015

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the national press

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Graduate outcomes by mission group

Graduates of Russell Group institutions were the least likely to be unemployed three and a half years after leaving university, with just 1.7 per cent falling into this category, figures show

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An essential stopover for scholars of Latin American art

Part of the founding vice-chancellor’s vision lives on at the University of Essex

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Grant winners – 3 September 2015

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

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What is the best way to track down references?

Systematic searching and a clear focus are the keys to a successful literature review

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Ulster University to close school of modern languages

Computing, maths and business management in line for ‘rationalisation’ as spending cuts hit institution

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University of Glasgow mulls turning away from Turnitin

Scottish university signs up with rival plagiarism detection service after complaining about ‘operational difficulties’

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Stellenbosch documentary: minister claims racism ‘rife’ at South African universities

Luister details alleged discrimination against black students at leading institution

Blogs

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The weird and wonderful world of academic Twitter

Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, peeks inside a Pandora’s box of scholarly microblogging

rules, break, law

I followed the steps to PhD failure and came out with a doctorate

Breaking the rules didn’t stop Jessica Sage from completing her degree

Have 'young academics' been betrayed?

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

Features

Feature illustration (3 September 2015) Translation is a powerful teaching tool

Dale Salwak explains why he focuses on the people carrying out the translation process and their effects on the text we read

Feature illustration (3 September 2015) Reproducing results: how big is the problem?

Paul Jump examines the many reasons for irreproducibility in science and efforts to tackle it

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)

In Numbers

Kevin Fong to deliver 2015 Christmas lectures

Times Higher Education columnist will speak on space survival

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The Poppletonian (3 September 2015)

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Opinion

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Elly Walton illustration (3 September 2015) Kick-start learning by giving students a lecture ‘trailer’

Nicholas Morton is road-testing some unusual ways to get, and keep, students’ attention

Felipe Fernández-Armesto illustration How US higher education takes care of its poor

The American system isn’t ideal but it beats the UK’s, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Miles Cole illustration (3 September 2015) The age issue won’t be solved by driving out old scholars

Pushing out senior academics to make room for younger ones would only perpetuate an insidious ageism, says Geoffrey Alderman

Young woman asleep on pile of books The essay is a 1,000-word bore. Discuss

The traditional medium for assessing students is a tired, restrictive form. It’s time for more dynamic, creative ones, argues Karen Harris

Handheld mirror laid on fabric Holding a mirror up to science

A bid to reproduce key studies is less a tale of failure than of researchers’ willingness to put their own practices to the test

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) Give PhD students credit where it's due

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

Books

Review: The Economics of Inequality, by Thomas Piketty

The causes of and solutions to disparity in income are eclectic, says Victoria Bateman

Review: Teaching Online, by Clare Howell Major

Digital learning may be the future, but the present is more uncertain, says  Sandra Leaton Gray

Review: The Land of the Green Man, by Carolyne Larrington

Laurence Coupe on the narratives that lead to re-enchantment with our natural environment

Review: Art, Psychoanalysis, and Adrian Stokes: A Biography, by Janet Sayers

A wealth of detail and revealing images bring a troubled critic into focus, says Sharon Kivland

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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’

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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

THE World Reputation Rankings 2015: reaction

The world of higher education responds to our latest rankings

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Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, peeks inside a Pandora’s box of scholarly microblogging

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Scottish university signs up with rival plagiarism detection service after complaining about ‘operational difficulties’

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

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China continues to advance, but Japan dips in Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking based on research strength

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