Obituary: Dorothy Jones, 1930-2016

A microbiologist who revolutionised the classification of bacteria has died

Bertil Andersson, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

We speak to the head of Nanyang Technological University about the rise of Asia, what it’s like being a European leading a Singaporean institution, and barbecue chicken

Melissa Fleming

Melissa Fleming, spokesperson and head of communications and public information for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, discusses the vital nature of her work

Liam Sinclair, University of St Andrews

We talk civic engagement and the dream of all academic subjects incorporating the arts with St Andrews' new theatre chief

Obituary: Simon Newell, 1956-2016

Neonatal consultant was an ‘inspirational and gifted teacher’ at the University of Leeds

Laura Howard, European Association for International Education (EAIE)

The president of the EAIE, on her life-changing semesters abroad as a student, the benefits of internationalisation, and overcoming barriers to student mobility

Obituary: Claire Sponsler, 1954-2016

A leading American medievalist has died

Leighton Andrews, Cardiff University business school

We talk government-university relationships, protecting Welsh students’ finances and the highs and lows of supporting Cardiff City FC, with the former politician

Kate Rigby, Bath Spa University

We talk Australian wildfires, the emerging field of environmental humanities and rock musician aspirations with Bath Spa’s new interdisciplinary professor

Obituary: John Barnes, 1933-2016

A prominent advocate for engineering and education in the subject has died

Obituary: Alison Winter, 1965-2016

An ‘infectiously brilliant’ intellectual historian has died

Nathalie Coste-Cerdan, La Fémis, PSL Research University

We talk widening participation, gender discrimination in film, and wishing on shooting stars with the French former film executive

Obituary: Jack Meadows, 1934-2016

The founder of the University of Leicester’s astronomy department, who had a minor planet named in his honour, has died

Dame Nancy Rothwell, University of Manchester, British Science Association

We talk tuberculosis, tough decisions and pancake races with the Manchester vice-chancellor

Obituary: Ursula Franklin, 1921-2016

A leading physicist, activist and author has died

Philip Carter, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London

We talk to the digital publishing specialist about bringing historical figures to life, including the founder of the Pearly Kings and Queens, and how to eat lychees

Obituary: Stanley Mandelstam, 1928-2016

An academic described as a ‘giant in theoretical physics’ has died

Dick Hobbs, University of Essex

We talk gangsters, London crime and dodging punches with the noted ethnographer

Philip Moriarty, University of Nottingham

We talk about the impenetrability of physics, the problem with Psi and “corporate uni bollocks”

Obituary: Seymour Roworth-Stokes, 1965-2016

An acclaimed designer who became an academic leader has died

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