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How US higher education takes care of its poor

The American system isn’t ideal but it beats the UK’s, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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Let’s be more frank with colleagues and students

Being head of undergraduate studies was an eye-opener for Stephen Curry

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When high achievers fail to make the grade

Shahidha Bari on academics’ strange relationship with the idea of failure

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It’s not fair to go on for ever

Older academics need to make room for the young, says Sally Feldman

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A dangerous downgrade: undervaluing the arts

What price will we pay for taking the humanities for granted? asks Christopher Bigsby

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Kant is my co-driver: philosophy and driverless cars

Should autonomous vehicles have ethics programmed in? asks Alan Ryan

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Academics’ digs: chambers of horror?

Felipe Fernández-Armesto upgrades his view on accommodation for visiting scholars after a trip to Santander

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In praise of PowerPoint

Philip Moriarty stands up for the much-maligned presentation tool

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Conference season is here again

Shahidha Bari on a supposedly fun thing that makes her apprehensive

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The pleasure and pain of a good pair of shoes

Heels are instruments both of torture and feminism, says Sally Feldman

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Graduates and guests, raise a plastic glass...

Christopher Bigsby on the markers and measures of a journey’s end

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Threats to universities go unheard amid sound and the fury

A babel of voices are drowning out the many real threats to intellectual freedom, warns Alan Ryan

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Finding the right words

To write well, knowledge of other languages is crucial, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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Why do scientists struggle to reproduce results?

Researchers face pressure to hype and report selectively, says Dorothy Bishop

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The silent majority in higher education

Academics have a duty to explain why they hold their political beliefs, says Shahidha Bari

Fairy tales and all that filth

Is updating children’s literature censorship or sensible? asks Sally Feldman

Dead-hard study, then a very final exam

Mortuary science finds the dead in good spirit, discovers Christopher Bigsby

A select few: student recruitment in the US

Alan Ryan muses on ironies and idiosyncrasies in higher education

The great don deficit

Laurie Taylor's weekly bulletin from the University of Poppleton

Vote? Why bother?

In this general election, visiting the polling station seems more pointless than ever, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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