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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

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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?

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Why do students study so far from home?

Nick Hillman examines the endurance of the boarding school model of higher education

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How might a teaching excellence framework be built?

As a vague policy commitment moves towards reality, Jack Grove assesses the potential ways and means

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The postdoc experience: hopes and fears

Six early career researchers reflect on their experiences

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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

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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?

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Peer review: not as old as you might think

Peer review is often thought of as ancient and unchanging, but it is neither – and it shouldn’t be treated as a sacred cow, argues Aileen Fyfe

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Sustainable university funding: David Willetts on the next steps

Debate over the RAB charge is misleading. England's higher education funding system is sound and flexible, argues the former universities minister

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David Willetts interview: ‘What I did was in the interests of young people’

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

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If I were v-c for a day...

From tackling pay to decrees on sleep and email curfews, five scholars explain what they would do to improve the academy in 24 hours

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A Cinderella story for early career academics

Once upon a time there was an adjunct lecturer…By Nicholas Rowe

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A day in the life of a temporary lecturer

Poor materials, disengaged students and little time or incentive to prepare dishearten one casualised academic

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Schools and hard knocks: teaching the world’s poor

James Tooley ran into trouble while researching low-cost private education in developing nations

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Laurie Taylor on academics v administrators

Is there a way for the two tribes to rub along? An academic and an administrator consider the rules of engagement

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The decline of the Greek empire: US fraternities

The male student societies are under pressure like never before. Is it time to shut them down – or can they mend their ways?

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There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon