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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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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

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Affluent children reach top universities no matter the system

Study finds little difference in levels of inequality in England, US and Australia as privileged families do ‘whatever it takes’ to gain advantage

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White House hopefuls set out their higher education stalls

Reducing burden of student debt is top of shopping list as candidates jockey for position

Nigel Piercy resigns as dean of Swansea's School of Management

Controversial dean blames ‘differences’ with the university over implementation of future strategy

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Why has scientific progress stalled in many Islamic countries?

‘Critical Muslims’ square up to the challenges facing higher education and research

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Universities to lose lucrative R&D tax credit

Budget document says the relief was never intended for higher education institutions

George Osborne

Proposal to force current students to pay more for loans ‘cynical and immoral’

Government attacked by Hepi president for backtracking on pledge to increase loan repayment threshold

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Elite’s building spree hides capital spending crisis

New report highlights fears that UK could lose out to international competitors

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Funding fears as mental health demand soars

Hefce study shows 132 per cent rise in number of students reporting a mental health problem

Blogs

News blog: Universities for Europe launch sees Michael Crick and Chuka Umunna clash

Labour's shadow business secretary warns that universities should not be 'muzzled' in EU debate. John Morgan blogs from the UUK event in London.

Why I asked Twitter about academics from less privileged backgrounds

Caroline Magennis explains why she took to social media to find out if she was the only one who felt uneasy in academic circles

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The hidden silly side of higher education

Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, explores the more bizarre parts of the academic world

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

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

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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

Suitcase left unattended in airport THE Scholarly Web – 23 July 2015

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: 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

Book review: Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation, by Jeff Scheible

A lively interrogation of the Mafia overlord of marks and associates is illuminating, finds Poppy Corbett

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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

World Reputation Rankings 2015 results

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

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Caroline Magennis explains why she took to social media to find out if she was the only one who felt uneasy in academic circles

  • Man looking into a microscope

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

  • Quality Assurance Agency chief executive Anthony McClaran

Former Ucas head to join Australia's higher education regulator

  • Wealth disparity (illustration)

Study finds little difference in levels of inequality in England, US and Australia as privileged families do ‘whatever it takes’ to gain advantage

  • smiley, laugh, happy, funny, silly, face, faces

Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, explores the more bizarre parts of the academic world