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Validating antibodies used in experiments could ‘free up billions of research dollars’, head of standards institute says

Money in a jar

Publication fee chosen over submission fee to make charges fair

Gold medals

New measures to ensure universities are ‘not penalised’ for taking poorer students also outlined for next stage of TEF

Research

Validating antibodies used in experiments could ‘free up billions of research dollars’, head of standards institute says

Angry man rejecting couple

Academic journal editor-turned-lecturer Hilary Hamnett explains the most common reasons why papers are rejected

Citation analysis reveals potential winners of science’s highest accolade

World News

Man handing microphone to audience member

Academic attainment of disadvantaged students can be improved if they can decide how they are assessed, study claims

Class painting

New study adds to concerns over the weakness of Chinese university teaching

Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China

Chancellor Lizhong Yu tells Jack Grove about how NYU Shanghai hopes its model will turbocharge international mobility

The Week In Higher Education

The week in higher education cartoon (29 September 2016)

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the world’s media

The week in higher education cartoon (22 September 2016)

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the world’s media

Politics and Policy

Gold medals

New measures to ensure universities are ‘not penalised’ for taking poorer students also outlined for next stage of TEF

Male and female scientists at work in laboratory

Academic science still operates on assumptions that have failed to catch up with the realities of today’s family lives, argue scholars

Internationalisation

Man handing microphone to audience member

Academic attainment of disadvantaged students can be improved if they can decide how they are assessed, study claims

Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China

Chancellor Lizhong Yu tells Jack Grove about how NYU Shanghai hopes its model will turbocharge international mobility

Concorde enthusiast waves French flag

A lack of strategy and autonomy are to blame for French universities’ failure to keep pace on transnational education, study suggests

Rankings

Harvard University campus

Eight subject rankings reveal elite group of 14 US and European universities thriving across disciplines

Interviews

Woman watching The Open University on TV while holding child

The Open University's vice-chancellor says now is the moment to turn around decline in part-time study

Data

Economic impact of research at UK, US and Japanese universities (22 September 2016)

This graph compares how UK, US and Japanese universities perform on measures of the economic impact of their research

How Russell Group dominates research funding

This graph shows the dominance of Russell Group universities in attracting quality-related research funding from Hefce, which is based on the results of the REF

US conservatives’ distrust of science (25 August 2016)

These graphs show that as academics in the US have become more liberal since 1990, trust in science among conservative members of the public has declined (while liberals’ has held steady)

How researchers rate importance of impact by age

Academics split over importance of research impact