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Pay academics bonuses to boost productivity, study suggests

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

Miles Cole illustration (27 August 2015)

Metrics are no substitute for good research management

You can’t measure human skills the way you do engineering systems, Robert Dingwall and Mary Byrne McDonnell observe

The week in higher education cartoon (27 August 2015)

The week in higher education – 27 August 2015

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

World News

Boys play cricket on the beach Australian universities aim to bowl over top Indian students

Australian delegation that includes former cricketer Adam Gilchrist aims to boost educational links with subcontinent

Northwestern University US bioethicist quits over censorship row at Northwestern University

Alice Dreger resigns her post after institution censored a risqué story in a medical journal

Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister between 2008 and 2013 Cost of Kenyan university education ‘turns millions into paupers’

Former presidential candidate says institutions must deliver courses more cheaply and that student loan burden must be eased

The Week In Higher Education

The week in higher education cartoon (27 August 2015)

The week in higher education – 27 August 2015

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

The week in higher education cartoon (20 August 2015)

The week in higher education – 20 August 2015

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

Students

China crisis: what does it mean for student recruitment?

Currency devaluation and economic slowdown could stymie lucrative market

Northern Ireland misses out as Mitchell Scholarship loses funding

Obama Administration’s pivot to Asia ignores the fact that young Americans wishing to study abroad prefer Europe, says Trina Vargo

Man with the flu sneezes

Mobile app tracks students to determine flu risk

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

Politics and Policy

Scottish universities ‘could lose charitable status’

Universities fear new higher education bill will force reclassification

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel

Israeli academics nervous about direction of travel

How will the complexion of Israel’s coalition government affect its universities?

Somali National University students, Mogadishu

Doing it themselves: the rebuilding of Somalia’s higher education sector

The ineffectiveness of the Mogadishu government is not stopping university leaders from trying to drive up standards

Internationalisation

China crisis: what does it mean for student recruitment?

Currency devaluation and economic slowdown could stymie lucrative market

Boys play cricket on the beach

Australian universities aim to bowl over top Indian students

Australian delegation that includes former cricketer Adam Gilchrist aims to boost educational links with subcontinent

Elly Walton illustration (27 August 2015)

More than gold: university rankings and the Olympics

Maria Yudkevich, Philip Altbach and Laura Rumbley examine the parallels between the grading of global institutions and sport

Interviews

Feature illustration (9 July 2015) 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

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

Rankings

World University Rankings blog: treating countries fairly

Phil Baty explains how Times Higher Education is moving towards a more inclusive university ranking

Elly Walton illustration (27 August 2015)

More than gold: university rankings and the Olympics

Maria Yudkevich, Philip Altbach and Laura Rumbley examine the parallels between the grading of global institutions and sport

World University Rankings blog: why we need to rank by innovation

University league tables do not pay enough attention to institutions’ innovative spirit, argues the European Commission’s Gerard de Graaf

Data

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Collage of male and female faces REF inclusion by ethnicity and gender

Minority scholars less likely to be submitted to research excellence framework

Applicants for higher education diplomas in England and Wales Applicants for higher education diplomas in England and Wales

More than 44,500 people registered on an access to higher education diploma course in England and Wales in 2013-14, new data show

Infographic: Participation up among students who had free school meals Staying for the next course

Participation up among students who had free school meals

15 most cited companies in REF impact case study analysis 15 most cited companies in REF impact case study analysis

Pharmaceutical firms were mentioned most often in universities’ impact case study submissions to the research excellence framework, according to a report

Pound coins stacked on ten pound note Research council spending per head in the UK

Research councils spend just £11 per person on R&D in Northern Ireland, almost seven times less than the spend per person in London, new figures suggest

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

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