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Leadership candidates subjected to personality tests

US firms report increasing use of psychological assessments

Chinese universities to poll faculty and students on new policies

Institutions also ordered to establish press offices and publish “authentic” university news

East End, Isle of Dogs, with Canary Wharf in the background, City of London UK

Focus on poor areas for outreach ‘may miss individuals’

Study warns that targeting where students live, not their individual circumstances, can inadvertently benefit privileged children

Werewolf conference billed as first for UK academy

Event at the University of Hertfordshire breaks new ground in examining the undead

Poland takes steps to open up HE to overseas students

Government seeks to build on increasing numbers coming from abroad to study in the country

Nicole Kidman visits King’s to research Rosalind Franklin play

Academy Award-winning actress visits archives and old laboratories where the famous British scientist worked

Hurricane Katrina, Lan McClendon, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana

A decade after Hurricane Katrina: how is higher education faring in New Orleans?

Jon Marcus travels to the Big Easy to see the varying fortunes of the city’s universities

China crisis: what does it mean for student recruitment?

Currency devaluation and economic slowdown could stymie lucrative market

Boys play cricket on the beach

Australian universities aim to bowl over top Indian students

Australian delegation that includes former cricketer Adam Gilchrist aims to boost educational links with subcontinent

Man counting banknotes, Weimar Republic, Germany, 1923

Pay academics bonuses to boost productivity, study suggests

Performance-related pay causes the best academics to cluster together, evidence from Germany suggests

Duplicates of man's face

More than half of psychology papers are not reproducible

Initiative to replicate findings of 100 prominent studies raises further questions about health of discipline

Graduate job description

Graduate unemployment back to pre-recession levels

But longitudinal survey also finds more university leavers are now working part-time or engaged in further study

Crowd signing President Hindenburg petition

New HEA chair: paying members could enshrine it as professional body

Rama Thirunamachandran says role and financing of sector’s teaching champion must be rethought


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

ego, vanity, pride

Vanity and conceit: the perils of self-citation

All scholars do it, but some are simply blowing their own trumpet, says Pat Thomson


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)

Businessperson wearing red boxing gloves ‘We’re worth more’: casual teaching staff fight back

Graduate teaching assistants are campaigning to improve temporary workers’ low pay and poor treatment. How is the battle going?

Lead feature montage (20 August 2015) Which universities are the most innovative?

Ellie Bothwell introduces our four ‘innovation indicators’ and reveals the strongest performers as we visualise a new ranking based on university-industry collaboration

In Numbers

Kevin Fong to deliver 2015 Christmas lectures

Times Higher Education columnist will speak on space survival


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Miles Cole illustration (27 August 2015) Metrics are no substitute for good research management

You can’t measure human skills the way you do engineering systems, Robert Dingwall and Mary Byrne McDonnell observe

Beer, pretzels and football on pub table Too much academic networking revolves around football and drink

Opportunities for informal scholarly interaction often leave many academics on the sidelines, says Jenny Pickerill

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

From Where I Sit illustration (27 August 2015) ‘Professor hunters’ dig in on the digital battlefield

Brian Bloch considers the attacks against two Humboldt University scholars in the internet age

Interest in borrowings is not mere linguistics

With individuals and institutions alike calculating potential costs of Brexit, recouping loans from EU students can’t be ignored


Books on bookshelf

A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Book review: The Man Who Closed the Asylums, by John Foot

Book of the week: Helen Bynum welcomes a study of the psychiatrist who ended the jail-like seclusion of patients

Book review: The Mythology of Work, by Peter Fleming

Kate Hardy pauses in her labours to reconsider our attitudes to the paid employment treadmill

Book review: Xerxes: A Persian Life, by Richard Stoneman

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones appreciates a nuanced biography of a complex ruler whose achievements are often ignored

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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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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

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

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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

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Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system

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