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Kant is my co-driver: philosophy and driverless cars

Should autonomous vehicles have ethics programmed in? asks Alan Ryan

Alan Ryan illustration (18 June 2015)

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

A select few: student recruitment in the US

Alan Ryan muses on ironies and idiosyncrasies in higher education

US universities: troubles? They've got 'em

The headline crises are just the start, observes Alan Ryan

Soldiers of the NFL

American football is a contemporary moral equivalent of war, says Alan Ryan

Old campus battles roll on into new year

Alan Ryan is dismayed to see that the US is still bedevilled by lethal racism

Mass movements in higher education

Alan Ryan on the parallels between Moocs and the early days of The Open University

Happy valley for techies, less so for others

Alan Ryan on fears that Silicon dreams and start-ups might leave humanities in the dark

Killer instincts: capital punishment in America

Alan Ryan muses on the persistence of US support for the death penalty

Who gets crushed by the debt burden?

Alan Ryan considers the size and seriousness of the US student loans ‘crisis’

Commencement conundrums

Alan Ryan on a recent US wave of student protests over high-profile guests

Scholarships? Aid? Let’s make a deal

US institutions, students and athletes must strike the right arrangements to stay afloat, says Alan Ryan

Teaching we can do; learning’s out of our hands

What parents and schools fail to do in 18 years is unlikely to be accomplished in a couple of courses, says Alan Ryan

Good reasons for UK students to study in the US

Generous funding and quality tuition make US universities an attractive choice, says Alan Ryan

James Madison and an ungovernable America

Blame the ‘father of the Constitution’ for the mess in the US, says Alan Ryan

Huge variation in US academics’ pay

Alan Ryan reflects on the lack of uniformity in salaries for leaders of American higher education institutions

Humanities crisis? Which humanities crisis?

A sense of impending doom is nothing new in higher education, says Alan Ryan

America’s unthinking majority

US politics is not keen on the theoretical, Alan Ryan discovers

The first lesson of higher education: be prepared

The work of making students ‘college-ready’ must begin sooner, says Alan Ryan

Political lottery

Alan Ryan considers a new method of governance

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