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Group of people with road signs over mouths Why I should be free to cause offence

Lincoln Allison argues that it is becoming harder for academics to share controversial ideas

Chameleon sitting on barcode International and postgraduate fee survey, 2015

Postgraduate loans are around the corner; will they drive fees up?

Headless statue, Frankfurt, Germany Should memorials to controversial historical figures be removed from universities?

Three academics examine buildings, art and statues that arguably have no place on a campus in 2015

Man lying beneath rugby pile-up The worst piece of peer review I’ve ever received

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

Balloons caught in tree City values versus academia’s ‘slow’ virtues

Universities were once urged to ape the governance models of the Square Mile, but big business could learn from some collegiate practices, suggests Malcolm Gillies

Men hanging painting on gallery wall What purpose do campus art collections serve?

Are such treasures art for art’s sake, v-cs’ follies or vital assets that further institutional missions?

United Kingdom Queen's Guard bending spoon bayonet Is ‘risk-based’ quality assurance too risky?

The big game-changer ahead may not be plans to ‘root out bad teaching’ via a TEF, but a shift to light-touch quality assessment

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

World in Focus

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Can free thinking continue amid authoritarian culture?

With Hungary accused of ‘undermining democratic values’, Malcolm Gillies considers to what extent universities with a liberal mission can flourish in ‘illiberal’ societies

The Outer Limits

Armed Iraqi fighters standing on smoke-covered road

Scholarship on the front line: life in Iraq and interviewing IS

Academic Victoria Fontan has borne witness to Iraq’s unfolding tragedy. She discusses encounters with Islamic State and US troops and her fears for the country’s future

Essays

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Group of people with road signs over mouths Why I should be free to cause offence

Lincoln Allison argues that it is becoming harder for academics to share controversial ideas

Let’s make higher education an election issue

In the workplace and at the ballot box, it is time to reject stale ideology, says Thomas Docherty

Hannah Arendt: thinking versus evil

Jon Nixon asks what Arendt’s work can tell us about the value of universities as places of thinking together

Out of office: on research leave in Florence

Poring over manuscripts in the Biblioteca Nazionale prompts Nicholas Till to consider the benefits of studying original documents in a digital age

The rise of the medical humanities

Belinda Jack examines the growing field and considers the therapeutic effects of poetry

Thomas Docherty on academic freedom

Managerial fundamentalism has taken hold in universities, with scholars viewed as resources that must be controlled, argues the Warwick scholar

Intellectual cowardice

Scholarship can be a fearsome activity, as Chris Walsh discovered when he set out to investigate the figure of the coward

Benefits culture: rethinking Mozart on Maggie’s dole

Nicholas Till acknowledges his debt to Margaret Thatcher and explains why he regrets his Cambridge degree

Profiles

Interview with David Lodge

As he turns 80, the writer discusses the ‘golden age’ of universities and the (imagined) sexual indiscretions of academics

Interview: Terry Eagleton

The literary theorist talks about his 50-year career, the importance of low-minded virtues and the double act of Christianity and communism

Sir Steve Smith: 'One v-c said I’d done moral equivalent of invading Iraq'

THE speaks to former UUK president, Sir Steve Smith, four years on from the tuition fee protests

Culture

Dorothy M. Richardson portrait

Dorothy M. Richardson: the forgotten revolutionary

One hundred years after transforming the modern novel, Dorothy M. Richardson’s neglected works are being reclaimed, says Rebecca Bowler

Review: Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton and Fabrice Luchini

Gemma Bovery, directed by Anne Fontaine

Despite many attempts, Gustave Flaubert’s tale of adultery remains resistant to adaptation, says Philip Kemp

From the archive

Beware ‘brain-based learning’

Enthusiasm for ‘neuroeducation’ risks blinding people to its potentially limited efficacy, argues Steven Rose

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

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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

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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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Sorana Vieru says exams and essays 'privilege' more advantaged students, calls for changes to 'Middle Ages' format