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Pointing the finger

Outrage over vice-chancellors’ remuneration has focused on individuals – but the buck stops with governors

Twitter tweet button on Apple Mac keyboard

Phil Baty asked his Twitter followers what they thought of government plans for two-year undergraduate degrees, and they did not hold back

Oxford college porter

Inequality remains a pernicious problem at our elite universities. Failure to tackle it will have negative consequences for individuals and society at large

Schoolboy rugby

In the rivalry to make the next scientific breakthrough, collaboration is key. But the UK’s post-Brexit course only undermines its competitive standing

Face covered with UCU stickers

Faith in private-sector innovation has driven Conservative reforms under both Willetts and Johnson – but is that really what universities need?

Anti-Weinstein protesters

Just like Hollywood and Parliament, academia has entrenched power hierarchies. It can’t pretend that sexual harassment doesn’t take place

Social media, twitter, facebook, share, viral

Jisc has revealed its top social media superstars of the year, writes Chris Parr

Study abroad

UUK International wants every UK university to join its ‘Go International’ campaign, but institutions find it hard to get students to participate in overseas schemes, says Rachael Pells

Man leaning back

Research is paid for by legerdemain, and we should be honest about it if we want to correct funding imbalances and treat students fairly

No guns sign

In the wake of the shooting at Sutherland Springs in Texas, university staff and students have been sharing their concerns, writes Chris Parr

Woman in EU mask

Last week’s spats over universities’ supposed anti-Brexit bias and what to do about it highlight the contested nature of free speech

Matthew Reisz celebrates the scholars engaging with film, personal experience, the creative arts and even jokes

Empty conference

Why do smart scholars fall for dodgy conferences, asks Jack Grove

Hidden camera

Academics find information and inspiration in myriad places and forms, and what they do with it can transform and even save lives

Students hugging

In our rapidly changing world focused on science and progress, the liberal arts are sometimes considered irrelevant; but they offer unique insight into who we are and where we are going

Woman and little girl drinking coffee

Despite fears of saturation, an ever-growing army of graduates could just counter – rather than heighten – the threat of machines taking all our jobs

John Morgan looks at how an old argument may become pressing in future funding debates

Person trapped in deckchair

Theresa May’s tweaks to tuition fees may not be enough to quell the disquiet over the current system, says John Gill

Balloon popped

John Morgan asks whether laments for the polytechnics may have policy impact

Jo Johnson, minister

Fringe events debate funding, Brexit and the social capital of knowing Jo Johnson, John Morgan reports