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Institutions planning for the future would be wise to talk to one of their artificial intelligence researchers

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The gargantuan report with its scholarly focus raises questions over who will digest its intellectual arguments

Old-fashioned 'Reset' button

Academia, like journalism, can adapt to the digital landscape by seeing opportunities, not obstacles, and with bold reimaginings

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With expertise being vilified, institutions must re-establish their relevance to ‘real people’. Fortunately, they are ideally placed to do so

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Post-Brexit years will be full of uncertainty that will take its toll on the sector even if worst-case scenarios don’t come to pass

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The exercise has the potential to shake up the current hierarchy and will be judged on whether it revises how firms and students view universities

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In India as in the UK, highly stratified systems have negatives, especially for first-generation students

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Amid the cases for and against Brexit, two eye-opening graphs highlight key points to ponder ahead of the poll

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Plans for handling institutional failure face scrutiny as storm clouds gather and universities stockpile for a rainy day

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Scrutiny of datasets informing the teaching excellence framework will ramp up, and rightly so, given the high stakes and risk of misuse

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The argument that v-cs will jump ship if their salary doesn’t match that of commercial comparators rings hollow

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Class is a national fixation yet if we truly want social mobility we must stop talking about it and take steps to make it a reality

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Among all the changes in an international higher education sector, one constant is the primacy of integrity and quality

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With targeted help from the government, the country’s universities have reasserted their quality and regained their global standing

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China’s motives, like the West’s, are mixed, but it clearly has a role to play in building capacity in African higher education

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The book is far from obsolete. Our feature recommends key texts for students, and one v-c looks to Machiavelli for advice

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The academy’s focus on prestige makes sense, but odd-couple pairings can be as valuable as luxury ‘brands’

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Some say of newer institutions that more means less, but that’s not true – more universities mean a larger economy

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Sport at university can be a draw for some, but not all students want to take part – or support the costs of their provision

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UK universities must compete for talent with places where you can put a roof over your head on an academic’s salary – and maybe even a bus driver’s