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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

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

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

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

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

From Where I Sit illustration (25 June 2015) Deft diplomacy keeps the Bologna Process together

Bringing Belarus into the fold has required behind the scenes manoeuvring, but has left the organisation stronger as a result, says Anne Corbett

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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

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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

The Poppletonian

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Laurie Taylor – 2 July 2015

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

From Where I Sit

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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

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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

Dorothy Bishop illustration Why do scientists struggle to reproduce results?

Researchers face pressure to hype and report selectively, says Dorothy Bishop

Shahidha Bari columnist illustration The silent majority in higher education

Academics have a duty to explain why they hold their political beliefs, says Shahidha Bari

Fairy tales and all that filth

Is updating children’s literature censorship or sensible? asks Sally Feldman

Dead-hard study, then a very final exam

Mortuary science finds the dead in good spirit, discovers Christopher Bigsby

Podcasts

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THE podcast: 2 - 8 July 2015 issue review

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

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

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An Elsevier analysis explores the viability of a ‘smarter and cheaper’ model

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

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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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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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Sector called on to embrace faith-related concerns in intellectual debates