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Reinventing the university experience for 2020 and beyond

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WSJ/THE US College Rankings 2021: Duke and Carnegie Mellon rise

Duke and Carnegie Mellon universities are the biggest risers at the top of a student-focused ranking of US universities and colleges, with Harvard topping the ranking for the fifth consecutive year.

September 18th, 2020
WSJ/THE College Rankings 2021 methodology

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking is a pioneering ranking of US colleges and universities that puts student success and learning at its heart, and will be published on the THE website on 7 October 2020.

September 14th, 2020
European higher education set for stimulus funding bonanza

European universities are set to enjoy a wave of new funding as countries prioritise research and education in colossal stimulus packages designed to repair the damage wrought by coronavirus.

September 14th, 2020
Student Success Forum to assess impact of Covid-19 on two continents

Higher education leaders across Europe and the US will examine access, mental health support and international student enrolments in socially distanced education.

September 10th, 2020
UK campuses ‘particularly vulnerable’ to student mobility drop

Many of the world’s top higher education institutions are especially vulnerable to a downturn in international student mobility, according to data from the latest THE World University Rankings. The rankings suggest a number of top 200 universities are over-reliant on international student revenues.

September 3rd, 2020
UK academics ‘ill-prepared to support student mental health’

The vast majority of scholars say their university has not adequately prepared them for supporting students with mental health issues.

August 18th, 2020
Share of US postgraduates with depression ‘doubles’ amid pandemic

Survey finds that rates of depression and anxiety more common among low-income, female, ethnic minority, LGBTQ and arts students.

August 18th, 2020
‘Thesis whisperer’ pans ‘grooming’ of ill-suited students for PhDs

High-performing students are “groomed” for PhDs by academics who recklessly assume that good marks equip people for doctoral studies, higher education’s self-proclaimed “thesis whisperer” has warned.

August 5th, 2020
Could the coronavirus demolish the student accommodation market?

The recent lockdowns highlighted the strains in student housing provision in several countries. As students puzzle over why their universities have so little power to extract refunds from private providers for unused accommodation, Anna McKie asks whether it is time for some rewiring of the system.

July 23rd, 2020
National Student Survey 2020: overall satisfaction results

Brighton and Sussex Medical School is one of the top universities for student satisfaction, according to the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS). View the full results for UK universities ranked by student satisfaction in the survey.

July 15th, 2020
National Student Survey 2020: satisfaction dips amid pandemic

The overall satisfaction of students with their university in the UK has dipped slightly following a year of “unprecedented challenges”, according to the latest results of the National Student Survey. But Office for Students says results are ‘remarkably positive’ for cohort of students affected by Covid-19 and industrial action.

July 15th, 2020
International students ‘warm’ to blended learning and quarantine

Internationally mobile students are “warming” to the prospect of quarantine and the inevitability that they will need to complete at least part of their courses remotely, as the reality of pandemic lockdown sinks in. But survey flags ‘generational’ loss of market share in countries that eschew charter flights.

July 14th, 2020
UK students ‘would feel safer’ if blended learning continues

More than a third of students say they would feel ‘not at all safe’ returning to face-to-face teaching on UK university campuses in September, according to a survey conducted by the National Union of Students.

July 14th, 2020
US judge sets quick review of Trump international student order

The Trump administration rejected a federal judge’s request to delay its threat to deport foreign students whose universities move online, setting up a ruling in the coming days on whether the judge will temporarily forbid implementation.

July 12th, 2020
International perspective: a Malaysian student in the UK

Malaysian student Jodie Koh chose to study in London for the diversity, high-quality education and the opportunity to become a global citizen.

July 10th, 2020
Student communication shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all

Understanding students’ individual needs and concerns during this pandemic will go a long way to helping them progress academically, says Cathy Sandeen.

July 5th, 2020
Foreign students in US coping with online shift better than locals

Familiarity with remote formats is tempered by concerns over racism and health. Foreign students enrolled in US research universities are largely satisfied with their online experience, reflecting their greater familiarity and competency with the format, a 30,000-student poll has found.

July 1st, 2020
Trust your students to be active participants in their learning

Whether we will be teaching our students, masks on, in campus classrooms or online, we must not forget that we are teaching in an unprecedented historical moment. Challenging students to collaborate on course content will help them learn better and develop essential skills.

June 26th, 2020

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