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Twin policies risk a rebirth of dual system, warn sector figures

Universities face having to navigate two quality frameworks as Jo Johnson makes teaching excellence framework a priority amid Hefce reforms

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Oxbridge to be stripped of special funding feeding the tutorial system

Oxford and Cambridge will lose institution-specific funding from Hefce as cash is diverted to small specialist providers

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Open University to grow into agile body and recapture spirit of 1969, says v-c

Peter Horrocks outlines vision in a restructure to kickstart the transformation of the institution

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Universities cannot create a fair society, but can cultivate intelligence, says academic

‘Build stronger mass higher education institutions,’ professor tells Society for Research into Higher Education meeting

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Exam transcript row medic wins right to seek judicial review

UCL graduate Viral Thakerar to continue his fight to expunge a fail mark from his academic record

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Not-so-deep impact: REF case study looks beyond cricket to pop

Oxford Brookes’ submission on Duckworth-Lewis details formula’s influence

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Director of education wins claim against former owner of St Patrick’s College for unfair dismissal

Tribunal judge notes Raj Kumaran’s ‘unblemished disciplinary record’

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Athena SWAN success brings new challenges

The equality charter’s influence, take-up and ambitions are growing, writes Holly Else, but so are expectations

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Ruling forces release of Cambridge sheep research data

Information Commissioner orders university to share information with animal rights groups following FoI request

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Study abroad rankings ‘will encourage student mobility’

Additional internationalisation measurement would increase participation in studying overseas, says Erasmus+ director

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Lacklustre virtual learning environments ‘need 21st-century boost’

Universities encouraged to use social media and business-orientated software to enthuse students

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From fair Verona to the wall beyond Ramallah

Teaching Shakespeare in Palestine was intense, disturbing and unforgettable, a University of Bristol lecturer says

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Times are tough, say majority of Irish academics

Post-2007 conditions are worse, workloads are higher and it’s ‘all about the money’ for management, report three-quarters of survey respondents


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 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?

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THE podcast: 2 - 8 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 – 2 July 2015

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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

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

Dale Edwin Murray illustration (2 July 2015) Lord Rees on the future of UK research

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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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

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The director of a partnership of research-intensive universities is upbeat about future outlook

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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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