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UK is world’s top destination for fashion students

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

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Mobile app tracks students to determine flu risk

Technology could be used to encourage undergraduates at risk of spreading virus to stay at home

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Candy Crush: is it a model for online courses?

Paper argues that mobile game’s addictive appeal could be harnessed to improve course retention

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US university defends ban on ‘sagging pants’

Signs at Henderson State University said such attire would ‘not be tolerated’

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Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015 results

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

Tricia King, Birkbeck, University of London

Is the UK getting better at philanthropy?

Incoming vice-president of international operations at Case says that UK fundraisers are ‘wildly talented’ but that the talent pool is ‘still very small’

Phyllis Wise University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chancellor resigns

Phyllis Wise says she will step down due to ‘external issues’ affecting the institution

Melbourne

World Academic Summit in Melbourne: more speakers announced

Prestigious event will host official launch of the 2015-16 World University Rankings

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Top 10 universities for producing Nobel prizewinners

Times Higher Education analysis reveals the institutions with the most Nobel prizewinners this century

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IIE launches initiative to increase collaboration between US and Iran

Institute of International Education says there is an increased enthusiasm for academic cooperation between the two countries

Undermatching in the US: getting low-income students into college

Is there too much focus on access to the Ivy League? Paul Fain reports for Inside Higher Ed

12 things you should read if you’re interested in global higher education

From the most international universities in the world to how demographic change will shape 21st-century higher education

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Teach students to be nice to improve equality, suggests study

Improving students’ ‘spiritual and moral growth’ is only solution to growing social barriers in higher education, say scholars

From Where I Sit illustration (23 July 2015)

Celebrity speakers: putting money where their mouths are

In the US, the cost of paying for expensive commencement speeches is diverting funds from where they’re most needed, says Howard Segal

Science Without Borders faces ‘late payment’ claims

Figures quoted in Brazilian media suggest US universities may still be waiting for funds for taking students. Donna Bowater reports from Brazil

MONKEY BUSINESS, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, 1931

Can history and geography survive the digital age?

University of Wisconsin-Madison academic says disciplines, despite initial stumbles, might be better suited than some think

US university places won by UK state pupils

The Sutton Trust has funded degree study at US institutions for 58 pupils from low-income backgrounds 

Sir Hilary Beckles, University of the West Indies

Caribbean v-c’s democratic vision at home and abroad

Sir Hilary Beckles tells Ellie Bothwell about his plans for the University of the West Indies’ future

Pope Francis, Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican, 2013

Pope’s decree fuels debate in academy on fossil fuel divestment

Green encyclical ups pressure on Catholic universities to show moral leadership on climate change. Will more make an ethical shift?

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