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Statue of Lady Justice in academic's office

The world judges in black and white and only strict adherence to principle can regain the public’s trust

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Funding, freedom from regulation and staff of the highest calibre are the keys to global success

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UK prime minister May’s schools and higher education policymaking relies on anecdote and politicians’ own experience, not evidence

Interconnected/networked countries on globe

In a smaller but more polarised world, refugees’ appetite for study speaks to higher education’s continuing role as a force for good

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Undergraduate or star scholar, status seems to offer little protection against feeling unworthy while less privileged students may be more at risk

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Will an Alpine holiday make Theresa May reflect on what is lost when science and education become collateral damage?

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

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

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Easing student visa rules at just four selective universities is a failure to see internationalism as a post-Brexit force for good

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Unease over the suggestion to tie work to universities overlooks the reality that the REF is an institutional review

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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