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China crisis: what does it mean for student recruitment?

Currency devaluation and economic slowdown could stymie lucrative market

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Casual lecturers ‘stigmatised by job titles’

The University of Lincoln rejects criticism for listing hourly paid staff on its website, saying they are ‘not second-class members of faculty’

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USS deficit rises despite savings from end of final salary pensions

Rising liabilities may again focus attention on whether Universities Superannuation Scheme assumptions are ‘unreasonably pessimistic’

Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister between 2008 and 2013

Cost of Kenyan university education ‘turns millions into paupers’

Former presidential candidate says institutions must deliver courses more cheaply and that student loan burden must be eased

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?

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University staff in London are least happy in work

High costs, long commutes and insecure jobs may explain figures from Best University Workplace Survey 2015

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Unease at Reading over consultancy spend ahead of job losses

Redundancy process will begin this autumn to achieve new operational model recommended by PwC

Ali Bongo Ondimba, president of Gabon.

Gabonese president to give away inheritance to build university

Ali Bongo Ondimba donates property in Libreville to state, free of charge

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Rethink over Maltese campus location as public anger grows

Proposed campus is likely to be based on several sites amid concerns over environmental impact on much-loved beauty spot

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Bursaries for poorer students and teaching checks in London Met’s 2020 vision

Strategic plan ushers in £3 million bursary programme, plus ‘pathways out of the university’ for staff who fail to align with mission

Cut university budgets to fund FE, suggests thinktank

However, others warn that all will lose if colleges and universities are forced to “go to war”, writes Stephen Exley

Bad value

More than half of graduates say degree was not worth the money

One in 20 respondents to NUS survey say they would have been better off not going to university 

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

‘Free marketeer’ Javid may seek radical thinking in BIS review

BIS confirms it is looking at how to cut costs, after news emerges of ‘quick and dirty’ McKinsey review

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Universities face ‘unpredictability’ as clearing gets under way

Students ‘in strong position’ as number controls lifted, say sector observers

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International and postgraduate fee survey, 2015

Postgraduate loans are around the corner; will they drive fees up?

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Refugees gain considerable support from German universities, study suggests

More than 60 universities in Germany provide help for the country’s growing number of refugees, study says

Clearing 2015: universities must put students first

Are universities’ recruitment tactics always in the students’ best interests? Robert Allison thinks not

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King’s College London moves IT help desk to Cornwall

Relocation of call centre creates savings that are reinvested to improve provision, says IT head 

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Lack of teaching qualification data seen as blow to TEF

High level of ‘not knowns’ again prevents publication of institution-level information 

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5 birds that have terrorised university campuses

Keep watching the skies…

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

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China continues to advance, but Japan dips in Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking based on research strength

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

There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon