Quality & Standards

Access & Admissions

Horse Guards Parade, London

Helping veterans explore a new avenue on Civvy Street

University of South Wales offers academic credit for skills and experience gained in the military

Private sector

Balloons caught in tree

City values versus academia’s ‘slow’ virtues

Universities were once urged to ape the governance models of the Square Mile, but big business could learn from some collegiate practices, suggests Malcolm Gillies

Employment

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’

MOOCS, TECHNOLOGY & NEW MEDIA

Minecraft screenshot, University of Hull

Minecraft: striking gold in the classroom?

University of Hull demonstrates pedagogical potential of world-building game

Boy playing Candy Crush on sofa

Candy Crush: is it a model for online courses?

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

University funding

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’

Most commented

  • Zygmunt Bauman with hand over mouth

Eminent sociologist has recycled 90,000 words of material across a dozen books, claims paper

  • Man lying beneath rugby pile-up

Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system

  • Woman taking homeopathic medicine

Alternative treatments in healthcare plan is latest in a series of homeopathy-related controversies

  • Sorana Vieru, National Union of Students

Sorana Vieru says exams and essays 'privilege' more advantaged students, calls for changes to 'Middle Ages' format

  • Andrew Fire receives Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2006

UK is second to US for nationality of Nobel prizewinners in the 21st century