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Matthew Reisz discusses the preliminary results of the National Senior Management Survey

Theresa May signing Article 50 letter

John Morgan finds sector statements on ‘momentous day’ taste a little bland

Institutions that succeed in helping regional growth deserve being included in measures of performance, says Simon Baker

Man shouting into megaphone

The Excellence Initiative in Germany and the UK’s TEF may bring only bad news for universities’ reputations, says David Matthews

Increasing the number of fast-track degrees may devalue the currency of UK undergraduate courses in Europe, warns Jack Grove

Mask, imitation, disguise

Matthew Reisz considers gravitational waves, scientific authority and sexual differences

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center February 23, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Open debate is right, but this mustn’t be dictated by politicians, says Chris Havergal

Interviewing a Mafia researcher made John Elmes consider how scholars should study volatile groups

Ignoring concerns about the lack of post-study work opportunities for Indian students overlooks the huge contribution of Indian-born Britons to UK society, Jack Grove hears

French sign

Modern languages are struggling in an inward-looking nation. Revival may come by showing the young they are a route to a more connected world

Matthew Reisz reflects on the role of universities in overcoming monolingualism

Facade of Sorbonne in Paris

Thousands of France’s most educated minds are now based abroad – luring them back could be a boon for its ambitious plans for higher education, Jack Grove writes

Investing in UK science may be cheaper after Brexit but the true cost to innovation system remains to be seen, says Holly Else

With wit and frankness, rebel scientist Tommaso Dorigo has spent a dozen years telling it like it is in his blog about research life. He speaks to Karen Shook

Matterhorn

John Morgan on how the EU used research programmes as a weapon to enforce free movement

University teaching

Study into the experiences of universities’ top teaching faculty is revealing about the real priorities, says Holly Else

Imperial College London campus building sign

James Stirling on how Imperial College London is not shying away from reform

Mixed signals

John Morgan looks at signals of Home Office backtracking

Trump: Make America Great

Chris Parr explains why he also wrote an article about Hillary Clinton which will never see the light of day

Cracked road

If top institutions decide against taking part, the reputation of the TEF itself could be undermined, says Chris Havergal