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Social scientists are innovating to ensure their research is relevant, but more must be done, says Rick Delbridge

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No one should underestimate the importance of encouragement in pedagogy, says Tom Pow

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Countries worldwide are grappling with the challenge of expanding higher education with limited resources while maintaining quality 

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The attacks may be ill-informed, but universities must keep demonstrating the value that they provide for students, graduates and society, says Anton Muscatelli

French revolution

PSL’s high entry position in the THE World University Rankings reflects one of the ambitions of France’s programme of mergers, say John Ludden, Philippe Le Prestre and Jean-Marc Rapp


Community engagement is not just a good strategy. It’s an urgent responsibility, says Andrew Petter

Student stress

Universities are right to reexamine the support in place for students in light of soaring suicide rates, says health secretary Jeremy Hunt

Politicians should stop attacking universities and recognise their growing role in fostering economic prosperity and community cohesion, says Hakim Yadi

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For National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we take a look through our archive of advice and information for early career researchers 

Crosshair on money

As The Sunday Times reports proposals to cut fees, Sir Keith Burnett asks how we measure ‘value for money’ in education?

Paris, Eiffel Tower, France

Christopher Cripps offers a French perspective on how universities can develop their position in the international academic community

Widening participation

The loss of Supporting Professionalism in Admissions would be bad news for students, says Les Ebdon

Adonis and Willetts debate

Chris Parr picks through some of the highlights from the tuition fees debate between David Willetts and Andrew Adonis

Two-way street

Being positioned as passive recipients of lecturers’ appraisal does nothing to promote the development of crucial graduate attributes, say Naomi Winstone and Edd Pitt

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If we are going to build societies of peace and consensus, we have to accept each other’s villains as elements of our common past, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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The official weekly newsletter of the University of Poppleton. Finem respice!

Brexit protest in Westminster

A disastrous loss of goodwill during negotiations with Brussels may mean the days of Britain’s being a net beneficiary of EU research funding are over

Student and invigilator in exam room

We need to call off the witch-hunt and trust in the capacity of our students to learn, says Bruce Macfarlane

mushroom cloud

The ending of Murdoch University’s agreement with its staff over employment conditions could herald a rougher ride for university staff, says Gavin Moodie 

Time to react protester

The whole Science and Technology Committee should be disbanded, and the process of establishing it restarted, says Dame Athene Donald

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Last week, the UK’s universities minister threatened to fine institutions that pay their v-cs more than the prime minister without a strong justification. We present three perspectives on the debate 

Student and invigilator in exam room

We need to call off the witch-hunt and trust in the capacity of our students to learn, says Bruce Macfarlane


The bullying and subsequent suicide of a talented Ivy League scientist exposes ugly truths about the cruelty and dysfunction at the heart of academic science

Books in a pile

No tax inspector or police officer can claim rights over what they write for their jobs, so why should academics, asks Gabriel Egan

Academic with his heads in his hands

Lack of job security, limited support from management and weight of work-related demands on time among risk factors