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Good managers will digest the full spectrum of responses in our workplace survey to protect the system’s creative heartbeat

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States across the Middle East and North Africa have invested heavily in the sector and we all have an interest in the returns

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We must be alert to unconscious bias at work across the sector and develop ways to tackle the issue to achieve greater diversity

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Claims of being soft on Islamic extremists put institutions that value open and free speech in a very uncomfortable spot

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As Canadian scientists look forward to a better deal under a new regime, respect for their findings is as vital as fair funding

2016 road ahead

With 2016 just ahead, we ponder the state of campuses past, present and future

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Letting students co-design their own curriculum is pedagogically sound and delivers real satisfaction, say advocates

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Employability matters, but it is poorly defined. Only by spelling out what the term means can the concept be put to work

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It is time to consider more structured support for academics who undertake the vital task of improving public engagement

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Do students’ rising demands for ‘safe space’ reveal a reluctance to be challenged, or a new zeal for political engagement?

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With less panic than it showed prior to 2010’s flat-cash result, science hopes for another round of it-could-have-been-worse

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Arguably the natural end to a long process, this sector shake-up could end up implementing the aims of a five-year-old review

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With a minister intent on ‘revolution’, there is a tactical, as well as a moral, case for universities to focus on improving ethnic minority representation

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In accepting industry funding, universities must be transparent if they are to sustain public faith in the independence of research

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For-profit operators are needed to help feed the continent’s hunger for degrees but regulation is key

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‘Something must be done’: deep dismay at the human toll of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis is spurring the academy to act

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The definition of teaching quality may be tangled up, but it’s in everyone’s interest to find a satisfactory measure

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The UK has performed well in our expanded World University Rankings, but intangible assets are a vital source of strength

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In an age of extroverts, a scholar’s paean to shyness and Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘radio phone-in’ PMQs tack against the prevailing winds

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science

Jo Johnson’s debut UUK speech offered variations on a Willettsian theme, but with a few chords to make his audience shift uneasily