Harvard University with graph and figures

Our global survey gives a picture of which institutions are best at producing senior business leaders worldwide. John Elmes reports

Donald Trump and US flag montage

John Morgan considers the impact on students and US scholars, and the political earthquake’s potential positives

Man with a metal detector in a cage

Nobel prizewinning astrophysicist reflects on the perceptions and realities of how big breakthroughs are made

Orangutan with baby and bananas

Seven scholars relate how they stepped back or stepped in as they saw fit, while one contributor’s daughter describes the flip side

Illustration of a man's body with a statue's head in the classical style

From giving up Bremoaning and plastic cutlery, to publishing 10 papers in one year and sketchnoting, scholars share their goals for 2017

Figures in medieval painting wearing virtual reality headsets

Will virtual reality help students on campus and online learn better and more cheaply? David Matthews reports

David Parkins Christmas illustration (22 December 2016)

A Dickensian tale, set in today’s university

Portrait photograph of Wole Soyinka

With Africa’s campuses beset by religious zealotry, Wole Soyinka suggests universities provide a year of materialist induction to free students of dogma and extremism

Commemorative stone marking opposition to tuition fees, Heriot-Watt University

It is written in stone that Scottish students will not pay fees, but Chris Havergal reports on worries that this stance is bad for access and sustainability

Jefferson with paint over face

Buildings and statues dedicated to people whose views clash with modern values can cause difficulties, but is tearing down history the answer?

Retired academics calculating moves while playing bowls

Lincoln Allison, Eric Thomas and Richard Larschan reflect on the ‘next phase’ of the scholarly life

Birds feeding from buffalo's nostrils

Simon Gaskell and Adrian Collette explain why proper engagement is an important driver of institutional performance, teaching and research

Hillsborough Truth and Justice banner, Saint George's Hall, Liverpool

Phil Scraton on the role his work played in securing justice for the victims’ families and survivors of the 1989 disaster

Julia Gillard, former prime minister of Australia

The former Australian prime minister on making the internet safe for women and helping universities prepare for change

Men racing buffalo in Thailand

BRICS and MINTs, move over for the TACTICS – Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Turkey, Iran, Colombia and Serbia. Ellie Bothwell on a group that could grow into star players in global higher education

Men looking after book stalls, College Street, Kolkata, India

Saikat Majumdar looks at how public universities and liberal arts education in India still bear the marks of colonialism

The Golden Age, 1530 painting, by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Mark Gatenby considers what it means for business schools – and universities more generally – to embrace Utopian ways of thinking

Flying hummingbirds feeding on nectar from flower

The 150 best universities for delivering work-ready graduates

Chariot of Musicians, Detail from Earth painting, Claude Deruet

Scholars share what the title means to them and offer the newly promoted advice on handling the status update

People walking in Greenland for Sara Penrhyn Jones' film Timeline

Matthew Reisz examines the pros and cons of using film as a form of public engagement