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Vice-chancellors say funding should be redirected to means-tested maintenance grants

Signpost with different directions

Higher Education Funding Council for England says proposals will be reviewed but wins broad support for principles

Scales of justice

Durham pro vice-chancellor warns that institutions would be forced to challenge a worse-than-expected judgement


Man kissing man in front of classroom

Blurring the lines between supervisor and friend can cause difficulties for academics and students alike, says study by Finnish researchers

George Osborne

However, there is confusion over the final value of the settlement, which may include 'tucking in' of Global Challenges fund

George Osborne visiting Begbrooke Science Park, Oxfordshire

New ministerial committee could wield power over research agenda, but support expressed for new pot of interdisciplinary funding

World News

Main building of the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Stanford University to assist in development of programmes to be introduced in January


Institution’s student federation concerned about the ‘cultural issues of implication involved in the practice’

Miguel Ángel Beltrán, National University of Colombia

The latest detention of Miguel Ángel Beltrán is viewed by many scholars as an attack on academic freedom

The Week In Higher Education

The week in higher education cartoon (26 November 2015)

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the national press

The week in higher education cartoon (19 November 2015)

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the national press

Politics and Policy

Universities’ lobbying of the new Conservative government will focus on funding and continuing EU membership

V-cs likely to welcome well-connected Jo Johnson as counter to home secretary and Sajid Javid as one with the ear of the Treasury


Pro-democracy protester, Causeway Bay district, Hong Kong, 2014

In a special report from the territory, David Matthews hears concerns that scholars are paying the price for ‘politically incorrect’ talk

Hungarian woman wearing a plastic bag in the rain

With Hungary accused of ‘undermining democratic values’, Malcolm Gillies considers to what extent universities with a liberal mission can flourish in ‘illiberal’ societies

Man's eyes staring through shadows

The male student societies are under pressure like never before. Is it time to shut them down – or can they mend their ways?



Sarah Churchwell, University of London's School of Advanced Study

‘Don’t claim you are changing the world if only four people are reading your article’, says new chair in public understanding of the humanities


Postgraduate stem courses: top five sending countries to the UK
November 12, 2015

Saudi Arabia is the top country of origin for international postgraduate students on medicine and dentistry courses in the UK

International students at universities in London, 2013-14
November 5, 2015

China remains the leading source of London’s international student population, with 13,460 students from the country residing in the UK’s capital

Participation in higher education by ethnicity (29 October 2015)
October 29, 2015

Government statistics reveal that white school-leavers are less likely, proportionally, to enter higher education than those from other ethnic groups

What students prize about higher education
October 1, 2015

Securing a job after graduation, improving earning potential and enjoying personal interaction with a course leader have been cited as the main perceived benefits of UK higher education by future international students