World University Rankings 2015-2016: full results out now

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twitter, social media, tweet Open access papers 'more likely to be cited on Twitter'

Articles that are free to view are also more frequently shared on Facebook, new research finds

30mph speed limit sign Leading universities challenge postgraduate loans age limit

Russell Group institutions say government is wrong to assume that over-30s are in a strong financial position

Scottish Parliament Nicola Sturgeon forced to defend governance bill

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson says universities ‘hate’ the SNP bill and claims it threatens to end their charitable status

Land survey apprentice Higher apprenticeships lead to ‘greater earnings than most degrees’

But Sutton Trust analysis says that while learning on the job can be a good alternative to university, too few qualifications are at this degree-equivalent level

Two academics recognised for essays on rabbits and war

£20,000 essay-writing competition shortlist features two UK scholars

Janet Beer University of Liverpool Janet Beer: ministers should not publicly criticise university teaching

University of Liverpool vice-chancellor says remarks harm UK’s global reputation

Man being questioned by detectives Home Office’s new visa crusade threatens to ‘cut overseas student numbers’

Department’s 250,000 ‘credibility interviews’ in two years questioned after ‘unjustified’ refusals to students

Male student sitting alone in lecture hall Only one in four new degree courses attracts enough students, study suggests

Study recommends that universities use financial and market data to assess whether programmes are likely to succeed

Altmetrics risk becoming part of problem, not solution, warns academic

Scholar urges delegates at conference in the Netherlands to use measures like Twitter to measure public engagement, rather than turning them into new metrics

German butter experts at work, Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover TEF must include independent peer review, says new QAA chief

Interim chief executive Douglas Blackstock warns teaching excellence framework will lack credibility without external assessment

People riding Segways past Indian Home Ministry, New Delhi Standard tests for students: a big leap forwards or moving in the wrong direction?

Academics debate whether non-subject-specific exams could be used to measure ‘learning gain’ in English higher education

Man pulling face into fake smile NSS 'yea-saying' may be due to image-conscious universities

Study says that importance of survey results may lead to ‘overzealous promotion’ and encourage more generous responses

Man cracking egg on forehead Mistakes found in paper that identified retraction-error link

Despite the ironic slips, article sheds light on how journals can tackle flawed science


Education without borders: medical students abroad

In advance of a conference on “education without borders”, Anthony Redmond considers the ethical issues around sending medical students on elective courses in low-income countries

Microphone on stage ahead of speech Universities must ensure extremists are not 'given free rein'

Prevent: institutions must not let platitudes about freedom of expression create an 'illusion of debate', says Rupert Sutton

protest, street, march Lisa Mckenzie: who would be a working-class woman in academia?

Even in the academy, your class background will always be a factor in how you are seen, says LSE’s Lisa Mckenzie


Multi-coloured fish lanterns hanging on wire Fish out of water: expatriate academics tell all

From accent intolerance to ‘bamboo ceilings’, Jack Grove examines the challenges of working in a university overseas

Emotive faces drawn on lecture hall chairs How to engage with sullen students

Academics offer advice on how to turn glumness into enthusiasm

Person standing on big toe of sitting Buddha statue, Leshan What it’s like to work with the academic greats

Five contributors recall friendships and encounters with preeminent scientists, writers and philosophers

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8 October 2015 digital edition THE podcast: 8-14 October 2015 issue review

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In Numbers

Graduates mortarboards These are the top employers of UK university graduates

Data reveal main recruiters of graduates in professional roles


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8 October 2015 digital edition THE podcast: 8-14 October 2015 issue review

This week's edition discussed by the Times Higher Education team

Bob Dylan singing live on stage Step up and join the band

The definition of teaching quality may be tangled up, but it’s in everyone’s interest to find a satisfactory measure

Rome Colosseum cocktail beside swimming pool Why you shouldn’t go on holiday with an academic

There’s no rest for the lifelong learning brigade, says Shahidha Bari

Daniel Mitchell illustration (8 October 2015) Odds are good for HE legislation, but don’t count your chickens

Hanging too many measures on a bill can cause it to topple over, argues Nick Hillman

First, second and third place winners' podium Not all that counts can be counted

The UK has performed well in our expanded World University Rankings, but intangible assets are a vital source of strength

Person hiding face with hat brim MI5 files are worth the wait for researchers

Declassified after 50 years, the papers aren’t always reliable sources of information, but they help historians fill in the blanks, says Geoff Andrews

Elly Walton illustration (1 October 2015) We must do more to tell the full story of impact

Most REF case studies related simple, short-term impacts, missing a host of wider, longer-term effects, argues Trisha Greenhalgh

THE World University Rankings THE podcast: World University Rankings 2015-2016 results

The results of the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, discussed by the THE editorial team.


Review: Revolution in Higher Education, by Richard A. DeMillo Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable, by Richard A. DeMillo

Joanna Williams on a study embracing technology and introducing a provocative concept of learning

Review: The Tudor Discovery of Ireland, by Christopher Maginn and Steven G. Ellis The Tudor Discovery of Ireland, by Christopher Maginn and Steven G. Ellis

Lucy Wooding on a work centred on relations with the Emerald Isle during the reign of Henry VII and Henry VIII

Review: Hume: An Intellectual Biography, by James A. Harris Hume: An Intellectual Biography, by James A. Harris

Book of the week: Jacqueline Broad discovers admiration for a misunderstood and misrepresented philosopher

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