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mouse in petri dish

Bid to test key cancer findings uses a strict method to avoid bias, but this means some outcomes have proved inconclusive

Interconnected world/global roaming

Phil Baty reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos

Cardiff University is highest placed HE institution in list of LGBT-friendly employers for second successive year 

Research

mouse in petri dish

Bid to test key cancer findings uses a strict method to avoid bias, but this means some outcomes have proved inconclusive

A visitor admires shadow puppets made of leather during an exhibition. China
Lucrative offer to professor renews concerns over 'unethical' contracts
Rafael Reif, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

But L. Rafael Reif admits the university may have to look for alternative funding sources and new ways to ‘stay connected’ to world 

World News

Interconnected world/global roaming

Phil Baty reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos

President-elect Donald Trump looks on as Betsy DeVos, his nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Leading Democrat puts education secretary nominee under pressure on loans and ‘non-existent’ higher education record

A visitor admires shadow puppets made of leather during an exhibition. China
Lucrative offer to professor renews concerns over 'unethical' contracts

The Week In Higher Education

Week in higher education illustration (19 January 2017)

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

The week in higher education cartoon (12 January 2017)

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

Politics and Policy

Interconnected world/global roaming

Phil Baty reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos

Donald Trump with his hands raised looking shocked

Scholars ponder the ethical dilemmas of assessing the new president from afar 

Internationalisation

A visitor admires shadow puppets made of leather during an exhibition. China
Lucrative offer to professor renews concerns over 'unethical' contracts
Rafael Reif, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

But L. Rafael Reif admits the university may have to look for alternative funding sources and new ways to ‘stay connected’ to world 

Two volunteers try out the 'social sphere' for two - plastic speech bubbles that allow you to hold a private conversation in noisy pubs and clubs

Discipline needs to forge new research agendas and promote its benefits more effectively, workshop hears

Rankings

Hong Kong

Event will explore university-industry collaboration, curiosity-led research and whether institutions can create entrepreneurs

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

Japan’s universities turn to hospitals for financial pain relief (5 January 2017)

This graph shows that Japan’s top-ranked universities now rely on their hospitals for about 40 per cent of their income as they struggle with deep cuts in government spending.

Mapped out: negative perceptions of science (22 December 2016)

This map shows that across Africa, India, Central America and parts of the Middle East, people are more likely to believe that one of the “bad effects” of science is that it “breaks down ideas of right and wrong”

The rise of open access mega-journals (8 December 2016)

This graph shows the dramatic rise of open access mega-journals such as Plos One, which offer to publish papers based on their scientific soundness rather than the significance or novelty of the results, and which accept research across a broad range of disciplines

Universities whose work has driven environmental awareness (24 November 2016)

As the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rises comes into force this month, these are the universities that have, between 2011 and 2015, produced the environmental science research with the greatest impact