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Man takes picture, City2Surf fun run, Sydney, Australia, 2013

Campus close-up: Testing the future of telecommunications

The University of Surrey’s centre for testing the next generation of mobile technology has seen significant buy-in from industry

Brazil science funding

Funders call for more investment in Brazilian science

More research spending needed, says head of Brazil’s innovation agency

Businesswoman with megaphone shouting at man flying, outdoors

Traditional PhD supervision ‘under threat’ from commercial thinking

Industry-led approach to doctoral education may ‘marginalise’ mentoring

World News

University of Nottingham Malaysia campus Branch campus death knell ‘over-exaggerated’, says offshore provost

Head of University of Nottingham Malaysia says too much emphasis placed on small number of closures

Freedom of speech South African student leader spared sanction for Hitler comments

University of Witwatersrand describes statements as 'abhorrent' but defends freedom of speech

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

The Week In Higher Education

The week in higher education cartoon (30 July 2015)

The week in higher education – 30 July 2015

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

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

Students

Student reading report speech

Lifestyle benefits of university key factor in boosting applications

Report finds that reassurance about finance made school pupils significantly less likely to want to progress to higher education

Top 100 books to read before leaving school: what do academics think?

Reaction to TES list – as chosen by teachers – is mixed

Loan, money, savings

OBR should examine student loans system, says panel

Independent Commission on Fees concerned by high write-off rate and impact on ‘squeezed middle’

Politics and Policy

Go-kart race

News blog: How will the lifting of student number controls affect universities?

Concern that quantity, not quality will be prioritised as higher education marketplace opens up

The week in higher education cartoon (30 July 2015)

The week in higher education – 30 July 2015

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

Loan, money, savings

OBR should examine student loans system, says panel

Independent Commission on Fees concerned by high write-off rate and impact on ‘squeezed middle’

Internationalisation

12 things you should read if you’re interested in global higher education

From the most international universities in the world to how demographic change will shape 21st-century higher education

Thabo, Mbeki, South Africa, Africa Universities Summit,

Thabo Mbeki: African universities must show they can aid development

Former president of South Africa addresses inaugural THE Africa Universities Summit

University of Nottingham Malaysia campus

Branch campus death knell ‘over-exaggerated’, says offshore provost

Head of University of Nottingham Malaysia says too much emphasis placed on small number of closures

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

Map of Africa

Top 30 African universities: Times Higher Education reveals snapshot university ranking

Institutions from 10 countries feature in a top 30 that previews what a new ranking, being discussed at the Africa Universities Summit, might look like

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

Data

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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

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

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

  • Two men looking surprised in an office

Report says projects fail when scholars obsessed with “shiny things” ignore business needs

  • Tony Little, Eton College headmaster, 2007

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

  • AC Grayling, writer and academic

A. C. Grayling’s ‘Oxbridge-style’ private college strikes agreement with post-92 institution