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Whatever happened to the campus sexual revolution?

Lincoln Allison takes a fond look back at the permissiveness prevalent at universities in the 1960s and 1970s, while a more ambivalent Susan Bassnett recalls a reality that didn’t quite live up to the nostalgic hype

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How campus libraries became the place to read, pray, learn

Jack Grove learns how sites have been reinvented for the 24/7 digital age, while Donald Brown reflects on the role libraries played in his journey from the Mississippi Delta to Oxford

Standards fall when satisfaction is the name of the game

Treating students as consumers has precipitated a rush to the bottom to give them exactly what they want, says John Warren

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Supervisors can do a lot more to support PhD students

Many doctoral candidates feel poorly looked after. More awareness and empathy from academics can help fight that, says Geoffrey Cantor

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Walking supervision sessions around Birmingham and pub-based academic chats have won praise from PhD candidates

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Trends in international mobility may explain why fewer women are reaching the top ranks of academia, a Spanish study suggests

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New book makes the case for academics to be far more open to the perspectives of others

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Maxine Joselow, for Inside Higher Ed, looks at two colleges that are going for tiny living in terms of student accommodation 

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The fields have been far too shy in leaping to their own defence, argues paper

Blogs

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Headhunters are far from lazy and harmful, says Kim Frost, who uses them all the time

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David Teece on how universities can build ‘dynamic capabilities’ to unlock revenue – and stay true to their mission

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Are Scotland's universities all that different to England's when it comes to measuring teaching and learning quality? asks Steve Olivier

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World University Rankings analysis highlights top female university leaders

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Opinion

Pile of casino chips on gambling table

It is imperative that the UK commits to participating in the student exchange programme post-Brexit, says Tim Farron

Elly Walton illustration (25 August 2016)

Treating students as consumers has precipitated a rush to the bottom to give them exactly what they want, says John Warren

Hayley Warnham illustration (25 August 2016)

Many doctoral candidates feel poorly looked after. More awareness and empathy from academics can help fight that, says Geoffrey Cantor

Keys of vintage cash register

While political pledges to scrap fees in the UK and US appeal to many, a debt-free approach will leave someone counting the cost

Books

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Helen Bynum on a study of current immunisation practices in North America and the rise of the home-grown expert

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Paul Bernal on a vital and comprehensive survey of how our era of ubiquitous observation arose

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Seeking a deep conversation between Scripture and the Bard’s works is a fool’s errand, argues Peter J. Smith

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LinkedIn co-founder, a Nobel laureate and more than 10 university presidents among high-profile speakers at Times Higher Education’s flagship event