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Changes to associate membership criteria could open up European research funding worldwide

Martha Pollack

Analysis of THE World University Rankings data shows gender gap for top jobs has narrowed further

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UK academic based in Pyongyang says US travel ban may be fatal for North Korea’s only private higher education institution

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Team sent to investigate rule changes that could close Budapest’s Central European University finds that they were made ‘without very strong reasons’

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Australian capital emerging as branch campus hub for country’s universities

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Expensive initiative criticised as 'defying logic' in cash-strapped country

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'Saudisation' drive sees public institutions urged to hire local staff

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Extent of freely accessible literature could ‘tip scales’ for libraries to cancel subscription packages, says study

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But Hefce rejects all other appeals, including from Durham, Liverpool, Southampton

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Evidence from Denmark indicates drunken induction weeks make it difficult for reluctant drinkers to feel at home

Mass rallies held across the south-east Asian country as legislation to remove tuition fees is passed

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University of Malta could offer financial incentive for students who apply with a Maltese qualification

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Law lecturer warns that UK-EU student deal could be seen as benefit for ‘elite and middle class’

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Racist protests have been growing in visibility on campuses over the past year

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Durham education experts call for more ‘radical’ approach to contextualised admissions

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UK universities can bring much-needed help in rebuilding the country, provided they avoid a ‘colonialist’ approach

Leaving Lehman Brothers

New data show how universities took up the slack when businesses cut back on R&D. But the crisis also led to greater demands on universities to boost growth

Nick Xenophon

Senate report confirms package including funding cuts, fee rises will need crossbench support to pass

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Elite universities top newly-released tables for graduate employment rates, official data shows

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Paper highlights possible negative impact of performance-related funding and for-profit universities on widening participation  

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Nature Index examines how research articles are cited in third-party patents  

Stephen Milner

The Italian scholar discusses how Machiavelli might have appraised current politics, the benefits of birdwatching and discovering Stevie Wonder

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Andrew Southgate and Rob Turner offer some tips on organising a study-abroad trip following a visit to a Japanese university

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Week in HE cartoon 10 August

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

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James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

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Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

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Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
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‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns