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What is the best way to track down references?

Systematic searching and a clear focus are the keys to a successful literature review

Pipette dripping liquid into test tube

Medical research shifts from universities to hospitals

Global analysis shows hospital studies increasingly important but industry publications dip

Feature illustration (3 September 2015)

Reproducing results: how big is the problem?

Paul Jump examines the many reasons for irreproducibility in science and efforts to tackle it

The Week In Higher Education

The week in higher education cartoon (3 September 2015)

The week in higher education – 3 September 2015

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

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

Students

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News blog: can study abroad lead to an 'enlightened form of nationalism'?

Research reveals surprising impact of overseas study, says Ellie Bothwell

Belfast

Top 25 most affordable university cities in UK

Most students rely on loans as their main source of income, according to RBS Student Living Index

Elly Walton illustration (3 September 2015)

Kick-start learning by giving students a lecture ‘trailer’

Nicholas Morton is road-testing some unusual ways to get, and keep, students’ attention

Politics and Policy

The library at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Stellenbosch documentary: minister claims racism ‘rife’ at South African universities

Luister details alleged discrimination against black students at leading institution

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?

Internationalisation

Group of young people

News blog: can study abroad lead to an 'enlightened form of nationalism'?

Research reveals surprising impact of overseas study, says Ellie Bothwell

LSBF licence to sponsor overseas students suspended

UKVI takes action against one of England’s largest private colleges

Poland takes steps to open up HE to overseas students

Government seeks to build on increasing numbers coming from abroad to study in the country

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

Belfast

Top 25 most affordable university cities in UK

Most students rely on loans as their main source of income, according to RBS Student Living Index

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

Data

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Graduate outcomes by mission group Graduate outcomes by mission group

Graduates of Russell Group institutions were the least likely to be unemployed three and a half years after leaving university, with just 1.7 per cent falling into this category, figures show

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

Most commented

  • Woman taking homeopathic medicine

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

Phil Baty explains why hundreds of research papers will not be considered when compiling the next Times Higher Education rankings

  • Man lying beneath rugby pile-up

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

  • Zygmunt Bauman with hand over mouth

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

  • Foot about to step on banana peel

Kevin Haggerty and Aaron Doyle offer tips on making postgraduate study even tougher (which students could also use to avoid pitfalls if they prefer)