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Marcus Butt illustration (30 July 2015) I’m in remission, and seeing colleagues with new eyes

John Gilbey fretted over telling those he worked with of his cancer – needlessly, for they were all caring and supportive

Alan Ryan columnist illustration Kant is my co-driver: philosophy and driverless cars

Should autonomous vehicles have ethics programmed in? asks Alan Ryan

Hand holding one pound coin (illustration) What price trust? The cost of breaking student loan promises

Changing current students’ debt repayment terms would damage public faith in government, say John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia

Nate Kitch illustration (30 July 2015) The REF: why did it cost so much?

The sums spent on the exercise were exorbitant and the money could be better spent, argues Derek Sayer

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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

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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

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Interconnected world/global roaming

Roaming between networks

From Africa to the UK, countries must find ways to capitalise on the global ebb and flow of today’s mobile scholars

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THE Scholarly Web – 23 July 2015

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Laurie Taylor – 30 July 2015

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From Where I Sit

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How the 99 per cent learn: America’s overlooked successes

It’s a pity the efforts of myriad institutions striving daily to help students of diverse backgrounds are eclipsed by Ivy League tales, says Alan Ruby

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Alan Ryan columnist illustration Kant is my co-driver: philosophy and driverless cars

Should autonomous vehicles have ethics programmed in? asks Alan Ryan

Felipe Fernández-Armesto illustration Academics’ digs: chambers of horror?

Felipe Fernández-Armesto upgrades his view on accommodation for visiting scholars after a trip to Santander

Philip Moriarty columnist illustration In praise of PowerPoint

Philip Moriarty stands up for the much-maligned presentation tool

Shahidha Bari columnist illustration Conference season is here again

Shahidha Bari on a supposedly fun thing that makes her apprehensive

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

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

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

Alan Ryan illustration (18 June 2015) Threats to universities go unheard amid sound and the fury

A babel of voices are drowning out the many real threats to intellectual freedom, warns Alan Ryan

Felipe Fernández-Armesto illustration Finding the right words

To write well, knowledge of other languages is crucial, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Podcasts

Pile of books on grass, summertime

Peer-to-peer networking: David Willetts and Jennie Bristow in the latest Books podcast

Books editor Karen Shook introduces our latest literary podcast

podcast cover 23 July 2015

THE podcast: 23-29 July 2015 issue review

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

Most commented

  • Elly Walton illustration (16 July 2015)

Whether in jest or not, sexist language shows an insensitivity to gender issues at odds with academic values, argues Dorothy Bishop

  • Two men looking surprised in an office

Report says projects fail when scholars obsessed with “shiny things” ignore business needs

  • Tony Little, Eton College headmaster, 2007

Tony Little points to ‘increasing gap’ between teaching standards at sixth form and university

  • AC Grayling, writer and academic

A. C. Grayling’s ‘Oxbridge-style’ private college strikes agreement with post-92 institution