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Top 25 most affordable university cities in UK

Most students rely on loans as their main source of income, according to RBS Student Living Index

Student tuition fees demonstrator, Duesseldorf, Germany

German abolition of tuition fees ‘cannot be model for UK universities’

Hepi report says higher education systems are too different to allow for an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution

Colleagues around a nest of gold eggs

USS bonuses went up £4 million as final salary pension scheme axed

Bumper year for fund managers at the Universities Superannuation Scheme

Poland takes steps to open up HE to overseas students

Government seeks to build on increasing numbers coming from abroad to study in the country

Nicole Kidman visits King’s to research Rosalind Franklin play

Academy Award-winning actor visits archives and old laboratories where the famous British scientist worked

Man counting banknotes, Weimar Republic, Germany, 1923

Pay academics bonuses to boost productivity, study suggests

Performance-related pay causes the best academics to cluster together, evidence from Germany suggests

China crisis: what does it mean for student recruitment?

Currency devaluation and economic slowdown could stymie lucrative market

Lincoln Cathedral, University of Lincoln

Casual lecturers ‘stigmatised by job titles’

The University of Lincoln rejects criticism for listing hourly paid staff on its website, saying they are ‘not second-class members of faculty’

University and College Union (UCU) rally, Manchester

USS deficit rises despite savings from end of final salary pensions

Rising liabilities may again focus attention on whether Universities Superannuation Scheme assumptions are ‘unreasonably pessimistic’

David Latchman has ‘no case to answer’ after research misconduct investigation

But master of Birkbeck has accepted that there were ‘procedural matters’ in his lab that ‘required attention’

Student using college language lab

Modern languages ‘sold short by REF’

The merger of seven subpanels into a single one for modern languages and linguistics has skewed results, claim scholars

Scottish universities ‘could lose charitable status’

Universities fear new higher education bill will force reclassification

Confidential documents locked with padlock and chain

Confidential medical data found abandoned on campus

Names, addresses and sensitive information discovered in unlocked filing cabinet at University of Bedfordshire

Fashion cat walk

UK is world’s top destination for fashion students

C’est chic: British fashion schools triumph in inaugural Business of Fashion global ranking

Castellers de Vilafranca form human tower, Tarragona, Spain

Is mass authorship destroying the credibility of papers?

The rise in ‘kilo-authors’ and ‘gift authorship’ is causing the academy to rethink how it assesses the worth of academic publications

Group of family members at lawyers office

University managerialism ‘can boost academic freedom’

Choice between overarching managers and collegiality in universities a false choice, study suggests

Man looking uncomfortable as woman looks at him

PhDs from overseas: the rocky road to success for students and supervisors

Cultural differences can complicate relationships between international doctoral students and supervisors, Jack Grove hears

Airport arrivals lounge

EU recruitment boom prompts student finance warning

Universities believed to be looking to Continent to make up shortfalls in domestic enrolment

Black and Asian scholars 'less likely' to have been submitted to the REF

Hefce study finds large differences in submission rates by ethnicity and gender

Price Waterhouse Cooper headquarters, London

Unease at Reading over consultancy spend ahead of job losses

Redundancy process will begin this autumn to achieve new operational model recommended by PwC

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China continues to advance, but Japan dips in Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking based on research strength