Exposing radical professors? Academics respond to Professor Watchlist

Fictional professors from film, TV and literature have been reported to new watchlist of 'anti-American' academics

Autumn Statement: five HE announcements to look out for

Maddalaine Ansell, chief executive of the University Alliance, has hopes and fears ahead of Philip Hammond's speech

Theresa May announces £2 billion boost for UK research

Prime minister pledges “real terms increases” in investment and new fund to back emerging technology

British money
Oil rig

‘Over a quarter’ of UK universities divest from fossil fuels

Sixteen more universities commit to divestment, according to People & Planet

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‘Irreversible’ damage to UK science from a hard Brexit will eclipse any harm caused in the US by a Trump presidency, says new Nobel laureate

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Author of paper says institutions have been ‘slow’ in the past to provide the appropriate support

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Author of paper into the issue says international higher education is a ‘long way off’ clear principles

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A vast market provides opportunities for institutions worried about future outside EU, says head of online platform operating on continent

Oil rig

Sixteen more universities commit to divestment, according to People & Planet

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Universities and other tertiary colleges generate $13.7bn of $20.3bn education exports

British money

Prime minister pledges “real terms increases” in investment and new fund to back emerging technology

University of Toronto

Data from Times Higher Education reveal sharp spike in number of US prospective students and academics interested in moving north of the border

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Education ministry is analysing a report into the quality of higher education and may close down substandard institutions

Students walking on campus, Ewha Womans University, South Korea

A major political scandal in South Korea has extended to one of the world’s largest women-only universities

Action over Kevin Allred, who was also questioned by police, yet again raises issue of free speech in wake of Trump election 

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The public is still willing to listen to nuanced information, argues Cambridge professor, provided it is presented in the right way

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Forging partnerships with Indian institutions in the country could alleviate dwindling inbound student numbers to UK

Blogs

Globe/map of South American countries

A more international approach will boost higher education in the region, write Marco Zago and Raul Machado-Neto

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Funding conference attendance out of your own pocket? Don't worry – there are ways to make back the cash through other academic activities. Catherine Fletcher explains.

Maddalaine Ansell, chief executive of the University Alliance, has hopes and fears ahead of Philip Hammond's speech

Podcasts

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Some of the big stories from Times Higher Education discussed by the editorial team

In Numbers

Fictional professors from film, TV and literature have been reported to new watchlist of 'anti-American' academics

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Opinion

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The government’s partnership with universities has been good for all; Anthony Monaco hopes the new administration will strengthen it

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Philip G. Altbach and Hans de Wit foresee a bleak future for America’s global excellence and competitiveness

Illustration of man sitting on toilet, by David Humphries

Who can enter whose washrooms in US public universities should be a matter for kindness and common sense, not ideology, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Man riding bicycle past United States of America flag

As scholars in the UK and US mull the future after Trump’s triumph and Brexit, academics must focus on making society’s walls fall

Books

Anti-Donald Trump protestors demonstrating outside Trump Tower, New York

Book of the week: Political Svengalis, not the public, drive populist pantomimes of democracy, says Angelia Wilson

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Jonathan Mirsky on a bleak but believable view of rampant corruption taking a country to the dogs

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

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Has the corporation acted as an arm of the state in the past, and might it in the future? Ivor Gaber wonders

Rankings

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The 150 best universities for delivering work-ready graduates

BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings

The ranking will include 300 universities from 41 countries

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When it comes to student engagement, US institutions in the research elite typically have a lot of ground to make up