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Universities urged to be ‘powerful voice’ on benefits of EU membership

Dame Julia Goodfellow, Universities UK president-elect, calls for higher education to ‘stand up and be counted’ in EU referendum debate

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The hidden silly side of higher education

Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, explores the more bizarre parts of the academic world

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Universities to lose lucrative R&D tax credit

Budget document says the relief was never intended for higher education institutions

World News

Students at Harvard University campus gate, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2015 White House hopefuls set out their higher education stalls

Reducing burden of student debt is top of shopping list as candidates jockey for position

Number of German students in UK drops for first time since 2007

Report attributes decline to UK government trebling tuition fees 

Istanbul Erdogan medical rector health sciences university anger President’s doctor to lead new Turkish medical university

Health leaders express fears for institution’s independence after Erdoğan appoints his physician and party deputy 

The Week In Higher Education

The week in higher education cartoon (23 July 2015)

The week in higher education – 23 July 2015

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

The week in higher education cartoon (16 July 2015)

The week in higher education – 16 July 2015

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

Students

Wealth disparity (illustration)

Affluent children reach top universities no matter the system

Study finds little difference in levels of inequality in England, US and Australia as privileged families do ‘whatever it takes’ to gain advantage

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The hidden silly side of higher education

Glen Wright, from Academia Obscura, explores the more bizarre parts of the academic world

George Osborne

Proposal to force current students to pay more for loans ‘cynical and immoral’

Government attacked by Hepi president for backtracking on pledge to increase loan repayment threshold

Politics and Policy

News blog: Universities for Europe launch sees Michael Crick and Chuka Umunna clash

Labour's shadow business secretary warns that universities should not be 'muzzled' in EU debate. John Morgan blogs from the UUK event in London.

Universities urged to be ‘powerful voice’ on benefits of EU membership

Dame Julia Goodfellow, Universities UK president-elect, calls for higher education to ‘stand up and be counted’ in EU referendum debate

Students at Harvard University campus gate, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2015

White House hopefuls set out their higher education stalls

Reducing burden of student debt is top of shopping list as candidates jockey for position

Internationalisation

Visitors touch REEM-B robot, Pal Technology Robotics, Abu Dhabi, 2008

Why has scientific progress stalled in many Islamic countries?

‘Critical Muslims’ square up to the challenges facing higher education and research

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Q&A with Aare Afe Babalola

We talk to the lawyer, academic, former pro-chancellor and founder of a private university in Nigeria

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A simplified recipe for Bologna

The reforms have caused rigidity and bloat. Stefan Kühl thinks a boiled-down approach is needed

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

England will not take part in OECD's 'Pisa for universities'

Doubts now raised over future of project billed as having potential to shake up hierarchy of world higher education

World University Rankings blog: 500,000 reasons to be cheerful

Data will power the most comprehensive THE World University Rankings yet

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South African institutions top THE Africa rankings pilot

Times Higher Education creates a top 15 table for Africa’s academies ahead of the inaugural THE Africa Universities Summit on 30-31 July

Data

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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

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

Most commented

  • Elly Walton illustration (16 July 2015)

Whether in jest or not, sexist language shows an insensitivity to gender issues at odds with academic values, argues Dorothy Bishop

  • Tony Little, Eton College headmaster, 2007

Tony Little points to ‘increasing gap’ between teaching standards at sixth form and university

  • Tourists in rubber rings and flippers ready for snorkeling class

Dress to impress if you want students in your corner, claims US study

  • gold on scales

£246 million is big money but it is probably much less than the hit the research budget would take if the REF did not exist, says Paul Jump