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Miles Cole illustration (3 September 2015) The age issue won’t be solved by driving out old scholars

Pushing out senior academics to make room for younger ones would only perpetuate an insidious ageism, says Geoffrey Alderman

Young woman asleep on pile of books The essay is a 1,000-word bore. Discuss

The traditional medium for assessing students is a tired, restrictive form. It’s time for more dynamic, creative ones, argues Karen Harris

Handheld mirror laid on fabric Holding a mirror up to science

A bid to reproduce key studies is less a tale of failure than of researchers’ willingness to put their own practices to the test

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

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‘Professor hunters’ dig in on the digital battlefield

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

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Felipe Fernández-Armesto illustration How US higher education takes care of its poor

The American system isn’t ideal but it beats the UK’s, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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

Shahidha Bari columnist illustration When high achievers fail to make the grade

Shahidha Bari on academics’ strange relationship with the idea of failure

Sally Feldman columnist illustration It’s not fair to go on for ever

Older academics need to make room for the young, says Sally Feldman

Christopher Bigsby illustration (6 August 2015) A dangerous downgrade: undervaluing the arts

What price will we pay for taking the humanities for granted? asks Christopher Bigsby

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

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Alternative treatments in healthcare plan is latest in a series of homeopathy-related controversies

Phil Baty explains why hundreds of research papers will not be considered when compiling the next Times Higher Education rankings

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

  • Zygmunt Bauman with hand over mouth

Eminent sociologist has recycled 90,000 words of material across a dozen books, claims paper

  • Foot about to step on banana peel

Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could also use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer)