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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

Theresa May

John Morgan looks at Theresa May’s plans for reforms to England's system

Crazy golf

Labour still fixed on pledge as political gold dust, but may score policy impact nevertheless, writes John Morgan

Women walking past mans legs

Despite their scientific achievements, women account for only 5% of Nobel prize-winners. It diminishes them – and the award, says John Gill

Anti-fees protester

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

Adonis and Willetts debate

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

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

Dodo in glass case

Britain has a remarkably strong higher education system that makes it a world-leading player, and it requires tending, not trashing

think, thought, thinker,

Matthew Reisz reflects on the radio programme that proves many people still have a passion for seemingly obscure academic knowledge

Nobel prizewinner

A survey of 50 laureates is full of insight, warnings and the can-do attitudes powering ‘beautiful minds’

Academic freedom supporter

Creeping political interference in universities, from the UK to Hungary and the US, is part of a worrying shift in attitudes towards higher education

A man holds up a sign with the text 'Don't close CEU, Orban in to the jail" as students and teachers of the Central European University protest. Hungary

Hungary is making ‘dubious history’ by reversing the expansion of universities, writes David Matthews

Threats over content available in China reveal difficult line academic community must tread

Bailing out a boat

Universities used to be thought unsinkable, but the unthinkable – an institution going to the wall – is now a genuine, if yet remote, prospect

London sunset

UK needs an antidote to London dominance and toxic deindustrialisation, says John Morgan