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Family ties ‘help scientists to get ahead’ in some countries

Levels of nepotism in scientific publishing have been revealed by report

Painting of dense forest

The Long, Long Life of Trees, by Fiona Stafford

Book of the week: Fred Inglis delights in a grafting of art, lore and literature that logs our lives with natural wonders

Headhunters are an invaluable part of the recruitment process

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

Job interview
Businesspeople discussing how to reconnect

Universities must ‘think like business leaders’ in face of financial cuts

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

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Woman making plaster puppet

Levels of nepotism in scientific publishing have been revealed by report

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Life sciences journal spends just over £3,000 per article, and has challenged high-profile rivals to release details of their costs

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New English journals are ‘springing up like mushrooms’ so research can be read internationally, says report

Superhero costumes hanging on a washing line

Senior management do not recognise support staff’s pivotal role in achieving positive student outcomes, administrators say

Young couple walking along canal with reflection on water

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

A baby in a bag

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

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Arts and humanities research will be better represented in the 2016-17 global league table

Arriving immigrants being directed on harbour side

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 

Knights seeking cover from arrows behind shields

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

Cannons on display on HMS Victory, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Group of Eight also warns of ‘policy drift’ and ‘risk to a major export industry’

Closed sign in French

Number of students placed on results day drops 8 per cent year-on-year

Sir Steve Smith portrait

Sir Steve Smith says it would be ‘odd’ to charge some Exeter cohorts less than others

Blogs

Job interview

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

Businesspeople discussing how to reconnect

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

Scotland map

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

Podcasts

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In Numbers

Gender balance

World University Rankings analysis highlights top female university leaders

Poppletonian

The Poppletonian (18 August 2016)

The official weekly newsletter of the University of Poppleton. Finem respice!

Opinion

Medical instruments and touchscreen tablet PC

Universities are divided over tech in teaching but as the Ebola crisis raged a Mooc proved to be a life-saving pedagogical tool

Olympic sprinter with books

The Games remind cerebral sorts that the brain resides in an amazing physical vessel, Shahidha Bari writes

Lecture video camera

Lecture capture enhances learning and shifts the audience’s attention from their notes to you, argues David Grumett

Headhunters

Lacking insight and seeking only enrichment, search firms deliver obvious, uninspiring candidates, argues a business school professor

Books

Person holding retro gaming joystick in hand

Dana Ruggiero on new ways of thinking about how to construct gaming experiences that allow people to help tackle intractable challenges

Louise Lecavalier striking dance pose in So Blue

Explaining how skilled individuals deliver a peak performance is a thorny task, Jane O’Grady says

Author Debbie Lisle, Queen's University Belfast

The scholar of international relations and author of Holidays in the Danger Zone on misplaced nostalgia, foreign encounters and the allure of ‘dark tourism’

Painting of dense forest

Book of the week: Fred Inglis delights in a grafting of art, lore and literature that logs our lives with natural wonders

Rankings

Book spines viewed from above

Arts and humanities research will be better represented in the 2016-17 global league table

Reputation

Event will take place in Berkeley, California, ahead of the THE World Academic Summit

Houses and hills of Berkeley, California

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