Why do students study so far from home?
Nick Hillman examines the endurance of the boarding school model of higher education
Brexit: the perks and pitfalls for higher education
After Tory victory in the general election, an EU exit could become reality. We hear from both sides of the debate
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
Metrics: how to handle them responsibly
Amid concerns about the growing use – and abuse – of quantitative measures in universities, a major new review examines the role of metrics in the assessment of research, from the REF to performance management
Medieval dread: student deviance and devilry
Even centuries ago, student misconduct and violence vexed townspeople and authorities. The behaviour, says one scholar, highlights negative stereotypes and socio-political tensions
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 postdoc experience: hopes and fears
Six early career researchers reflect on their experiences
The UCU at the microlevel
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?