Opinion

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Think carefully about treating students differently because of their backgrounds

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Together, FE and HE can become a dynamic force for skills development in the UK, writes Alison Whittle

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Taking in a refugee student posed more challenges than Sharon Maxwell Magnus was expecting, but the effort was well worth it

World University Rankings 2018

Phil Baty has the latest on the publication of the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which will be launched in London in September

Boycott the NSS protesters

The effectiveness of the NSS boycott means it is now time for universities to sit up and listen, says Sorana Vieru

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Universities, funders, rankers and individual academics all need to act to stamp out predatory publishers, says Roger Watson

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The subject-level teaching excellence framework could lead to a lot of stress for no great gains over the institution-level TEF, says Andrew McRae

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Australian legislation proposes to lower the country’s generous loan repayment threshold – but some argue that it should rise even higher, says Andrew Norton

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The publication game that researchers are obliged to play has stripped the purpose out of social research. Time to change the rules, says Yiannis Gabriel

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

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Institutions are feeling under attack; they need to counter their critics by showing proudly and publicly the immense good work they do

Joanne Taylor and Genefor Walker-Smith on the importance of scholarly rigour – even when the media want answers fast

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The success of the student boycott of the National Student Survey is not necessarily a success for students, writes Andrew McRae 

Vitriol directed at Cambridge professor of Classics on Twitter is part of wider battle to politicise diversity, says Conrad Brunstrom

Post-Brexit university funding issues are about more than the big pots of research cash, writes Gurpreet Jagpal

Sexual assault protest

Many students aren’t reporting sexual harassment or assault on campus despite efforts to tackle the problem, say Hareem Ghani and Graham Towl

Looking for something

Joanna Dally and Frances Downey imagine the research culture of the future

Prevent monitoring and defeat of legal challenge shows that anti-extremism policy is not limiting academic freedom, says Hifsa Harron-Iqbal

Expanding degree apprenticeships will strengthen universities’ important role in improving their local communities, says Dawn Morley

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Running a major university today is a hugely demanding job that requires a rare skill set, says Len Shackleton