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Polytechnic-type proposals alarm post-92 group

Possibility of body to grant higher vocational awarding power suggested in BIS consultation paper

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Queen Mary University of London considers making PhD students employees

Importance of doctoral candidates in research makes it likely that many institutions will make the change, says principal

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Overseas students considered hardest workers, survey finds

Respondents to Hepi poll were generally positive about the contribution of international undergraduates and lecturers to UK universities

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Dismissal was unfair, but academic sparked it himself

Refusal by John Allen to obey instruction from manager at Queen Mary University of London led to his sacking, tribunal rules

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Warwick leads Russell Group in use of atypical contracts

More than half of staff at university that tried to launch TeachHigher are employed on such deals

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I felt quasi-parental responsibility for students during Occupy, says v-c

The University of Hong Kong’s Peter Mathieson tells John Morgan about the Occupy protests, political pressure and being an outsider

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Scottish governance bill emphasises ‘accountability’

Universities raise concerns over ‘lessening autonomy’ as government sets out requirements for higher education governing bodies


More than half of academics count students as ‘friends’ on Facebook

Survey finds that 46.6 per cent of academics shared family photos and information such as their favourite films or books

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British Academy: quality of UK’s quantitative skills ‘languishing’

Report says students in countries such as the US and Germany have an advantage because their curricula develop more statistical fluency

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Chasing big bang for bucks might be poor use of cash

It might be wiser for research funders to make more smaller grants than to pursue policy of giving out fewer but larger awards

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Without warning: the truth about deadline aches and pains

Study of 2,000 university students finds procrastination raises risk for engaging in academic misconduct

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SRHE: the pioneer has no plans to fade away

For 50 years, the Society for Research into Higher Education has explored vital questions about higher education practice and policy, and it intends to continue

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Publish and flourish: PhD students turn journal editors

A South West doctoral training centre’s student-run open access title is providing hands-on experience


A black and white crowd scene with a few people highlighted The UCU at the microlevel

What are the key issues local union branches are dealing with, and how do they manage relationships with institutions in what many activists argue is an increasingly confrontational environment?

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

David Willetts David Willetts interview: ‘What I did was in the interests of young people’

The former universities minister discusses the reforms that reshaped higher education and his first steps into academia

Podcasts & Videos

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THE podcast: 25 June - 1 July 2015 issue review

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

In Numbers

Five female firsts in higher education leadership

Appointment of first black female university leader is watershed moment

Election 2015

Sector stands by for battles over cuts, fees and Europe

Universities’ lobbying of the new Conservative government will focus on funding and continuing EU membership


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Laurie Taylor – 25 June 2015

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


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Jo Johnson News blog: Jo Johnson asks TEF questions and gives 'polished non-answers'

John Morgan braves the hottest day of the year to take in the new minister's inaugural higher education address

The risks and rewards of a public profile

Does your academic CV stand up to scrutiny? Chris Parr blogs about the case of Connie St Louis

Too many academics spoil the policy?

Disagreement among social scientists means that policies to tackle climate change remain contentious, write Mark Freeman and Ben Groom

Groundhog Day as groundhog emerges from its burrow News blog: Groundhog Day for quality assurance?

In this blog, news editor Simon Baker considers whether we’ve seen it all before with Hefce’s proposals

World University Rankings blog: Lessons from the laureates

Nobel prizewinners tell Phil Baty about their tips for success

A green pencil beside ticked boxes Quality assessment that the academy can embrace

That is the promise of a sector-wide consultation about the regulatory future, argues Madeleine Atkins

University and College Union (UCU) flag hanging on statue THE podcast: 25 June - 1 July 2015 issue review

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

Christopher Bigsby Graduates and guests, raise a plastic glass...

Christopher Bigsby on the markers and measures of a journey’s end


Book review: Still Lives: Death, Desire, and the Portrait of the Old Master, by Maria H. Loh

Pigment and poison mix in a study of Renaissance artists’ nascent fame, says Tracey Warr

Book review: Desire in the Canterbury Tales, by Elizabeth Scala

The medieval weather forecast is climatically wrong, argues Peter J. Smith 

Book review: Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code, by Matthew Cobb

Jon Turney lauds a fresh telling of a towering achievement of 20th-century science

Book review: The Great Explosion: Gunpowder, the Great War and a Disaster on the Kent Marshes, by Brian Dillon

As war raged, health and safety were abandoned – with devastating results, writes Stephen Halliday

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Chilling testimonies collected by the Council for At-Risk Academics reveal the devastating impact of the arrival of Islamic State

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


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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

World Reputation Rankings 2015 results

‘Super-league’ can’t be shaken from the top