Image and reality: popular culture portrayals ‘devalue academia’

Horror films and even video games may influence the way many people think about universities, new book says

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Stop defending the humanities

Traditional defences of the discipline are based on unsound reasoning, writes James Nikopoulos

Martin Boehm: preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet

New IE Business School dean advocates tutelage in ‘fundamental competencies’ for uncertain labour markets

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Late amendments to HE Bill unveiled by UK government

Jo Johnson amends OfS powers over universities and new providers, but key plans remain in place

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New IE Business School dean advocates tutelage in ‘fundamental competencies’ for uncertain labour markets

Horror films and even video games may influence the way many people think about universities, new book says

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Top diplomat says the collapse in Indian student numbers in the UK could destroy traditionally strong links between the two countries

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Jo Johnson amends OfS powers over universities and new providers, but key plans remain in place

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But Cambridge head warns that perceived isolation from neighbours is ‘biggest challenge’

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Analysis shows ‘for first time’ how government visa ‘restrictions’ impact different institutions

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Latest Hesa data throw spotlight on disciplines most at risk from flight of EU talent from UK 

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But latest figures from the ONS show granting of study visas in UK HE remained stable 

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Analysis suggests v-c pay is rising twice as fast as salaries of more junior university staff

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But professor says Trump presidency might now provide ‘incentive’ for junior scholars to ask ‘important questions’

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Neuroscientists argue proposal would improve reproducibility and get drugs to market more quickly

OfS chair-designate acknowledges potential risks of opening sector up to new players

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Book of the week: Richard Joyner on a proselytiser for science who emphasised the ethical issues of advancement

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Beware the beginning is one lesson to take from a vital and timely study, says Robert Eaglestone

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This study shines a valuable spotlight on what UK and US media and politicians have began to call ‘the left behind’, says Lisa Mckenzie

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Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman

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How do you defeat Nazis and liars? Focus on the people in earshot, says eminent Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt

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Working with other academics can be tricky so follow some key rules, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

Improvement, performance, rankings, success

Phil Baty sets out why the World University Rankings are here to stay – and why that's a good thing

Warwick vice-chancellor Stuart Croft on why his university reluctantly joined the ‘flawed’ teaching excellence framework

Rankings

Ulsan

The event in South Korea will include the official launch of the THE Asia University Rankings 

Improvement, performance, rankings, success

Phil Baty sets out why the World University Rankings are here to stay – and why that's a good thing

Hong Kong

Event will explore university-industry collaboration, curiosity-led research and whether institutions can create entrepreneurs

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The results of the survey will be used to shape the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-18

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Liberal arts colleges have lower levels of racial and socio-economic diversity among students, according to data collected by Times Higher Education

Brisbane, Australia

The ranking will be released during the THE Young Universities Summit in Australia

Ulsan

The ranking will be released during the THE Asia Universities Summit in South Korea

THE Summits

Hong Kong

Event will explore university-industry collaboration, curiosity-led research and whether institutions can create entrepreneurs

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UN plan to eradicate gender inequality misses larger problem of low access rates linked to poverty, University of Cambridge experts warn

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Reflections on event held at the University of California, Berkeley

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The most popular Times Higher Education stories of the last year revealed

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Ellie Bothwell hears from students at the THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Universities Summit in Johannesburg

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Bairbre Redmond speaking at THE BRICS & Emerging Economies Universties Summit

Provost of Universitas 21 tells THE summit that universities must engage with institutions outside their elite groups