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Yvette Cooper backs increased science spend with 3 per cent GDP target

Labour leadership candidate calls for 'revolution in science' and increased research and development spend

Break down barriers between universities and industry, says report

Complexity of government initiatives to help commercialise university research under scrutiny 

Dale Edwin Murray illustration (2 July 2015)

Lord Rees on the future of UK research

Haldane unbound would be as dangerous as unchecked utilitarianism, argues the astronomer royal

World News

Stressed woman with head on desk Times are tough, say majority of Irish academics

Post-2007 conditions are worse, workloads are higher and it’s ‘all about the money’ for management, report three-quarters of survey respondents

A man holding up a banner US men aren’t interested in ‘life-changing’ rhetoric of studying abroad

Report suggests that male social groups are ‘less fluid’ than women’s, who made up 63.5 per cent of American students overseas

Palestinian students, Jenin, West Bank, 2006 From fair Verona to the wall beyond Ramallah

Teaching Shakespeare in Palestine was intense, disturbing and unforgettable, a University of Bristol lecturer says

The Week In Higher Education

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The week in higher education – 2 July 2015

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the national press

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The week in higher education - 25 June 2015

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the national press

Students

Multi-tasking

Put flexibility at core of part-time provision, universities told

Many part-time students forced to miss part of their course, HEA survey finds

Cuts to Disabled Students' Allowances back on agenda

Government reductions could leave universities to fund most help for disabled students

Illustration Sausage illustration (2 July 2015)

Impaired drivers of higher education growth

David Willetts is wrong: the sector is put at risk by the student loans system’s structural flaws, warns Andrew McGettigan

Politics and Policy

Marco Rubio calls for US higher education overhaul

Republican presidential hopeful wants radical reform of university system

Cuts to Disabled Students' Allowances back on agenda

Government reductions could leave universities to fund most help for disabled students

Yvette Cooper backs increased science spend with 3 per cent GDP target

Labour leadership candidate calls for 'revolution in science' and increased research and development spend

Internationalisation

UK universities at risk from ‘ill-informed’ immigration debate, warns Cambridge v-c

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz draws on his own background as the child of Polish immigrants to counter ‘negative’ rhetoric on immigration

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US men aren’t interested in ‘life-changing’ rhetoric of studying abroad

Report suggests that male social groups are ‘less fluid’ than women’s, who made up 63.5 per cent of American students overseas

Jockeys riding camels, French Cup of camel races, 2014

Study abroad rankings ‘will encourage student mobility’

Additional internationalisation measurement would increase participation in studying overseas, says Erasmus+ director

Interviews

Man competing in Annual Birdman of Worthing competition, 2009 For PhD students, £25K ‘doesn’t even scratch the surface’

Mick Fuller discusses the changes he’s seen to postgraduate funding as UKCGE chair

Why bombs cannot strip Gaza of intellectual life

Writer and scholar Atef Abu Saif tells John Elmes how life goes on despite death from above

Ed Byrne: 'new address is a defining moment for King's College London'

The university’s principal on capturing a landmark building, a rebranding volte-face, and the capital’s ‘fizz’

Rankings

Jockeys riding camels, French Cup of camel races, 2014

Study abroad rankings ‘will encourage student mobility’

Additional internationalisation measurement would increase participation in studying overseas, says Erasmus+ director

US president Barack Obama giving a speech

Obama 'scraps' college rating plan

US administration instead pledges to provide more data to students, researchers and institutions

Data

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A black academic in a lecture hall Academics from BME backgrounds squeezed out at the top

A graph shows acutely how the representation of black and minority ethnic scholars drops away with the increasing seniority of academic posts

People standing on piles of coins Fall in graduate earnings premium

The graduate earnings premium has fallen over the past nine years, new data suggest

International travel, countries connected Long-distance relationships: challenges faced by internationalisation staff

Improving partnerships with overseas universities is seen as the biggest challenge facing internationalisation staff in European universities, according to research

Social enterprise spin-offs hit high

The number of people employed by social enterprises spun off from universities rose by almost 150 per cent between 2012-13 and 2013-14, figures reveal

Staff spending: subject by subject

The cost of academic staff in medicine, dentistry and health departments is more than double that of some other disciplines

QR funding: 10 campuses in the south to get more than £2K per student

Ten research-intensive universities in the South of England will get more than £2,000 each year in quality-related research funding for every student at the institution, an analysis has shown

Regional attitudes on the value of a degree in the UK

Less than a quarter of people in the North East of England agree that it is essential to have a degree in the current job market

Publishers share £10m in APC payments

Publishers Elsevier and Wiley have each received about £2 million in article processing charges from 55 institutions as a result of RCUK's open access policy

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

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Refusal by John Allen to obey instruction from manager at Queen Mary University of London led to his sacking, tribunal rules

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