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Former Scotland international rugby player Colin Gregor reflects on how he combined his PhD with his job

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Italian ambassador to UK ‘expects truth to be established’ in the ‘heinous killing’ of Cambridge PhD student

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As 14 February approaches, Tim Worth looks at a couple of choice Collinses and remembers what Georgian ladies had to put up with

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Data sharing agreements also due to be signed with EU countries

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Event with controversial King’s College London researcher Adam Perkins to be held at later date after ‘negative social media activity’

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Rector Ralf Hemmingsen warns job losses will see some services ‘cut to the bone’ as 7 per cent of staff exit Denmark’s most highly regarded university

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Thailand’s institutions want to develop joint degrees with the UK, but hurdles remain in visa red tape and political instability

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Partnership of five universities has so far helped new businesses raise more than £1bn

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The idea that UK research and higher education could flourish post-Brexit is an illusion, argues Rolf Tarrach

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Interviews with MA students in UK suggest that although few agree with Chinese government line, compulsory courses dull development of independent thought

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Alison Baverstock, director of The KU Big Read, offers a dozen tips for anyone trying to engage a whole university community

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Former international rugby player Colin Gregor is one of a growing number of students to balance a PhD with a career

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Political theorist Andrei Stavilă explains how a comment on a friend’s Facebook page led to exit from Turkish university

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Does the fall in UK applicants revealed this week spell trouble for universities, asks Jack Grove

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David Cameron’s plans on university admissions data will combat inequality only if they force top universities to publish more detailed data, which take into account variables such as BME students’ A-level scores and course choices, says Kurien Parel

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Jo Johnson becomes latest high-profile figure to take aim at elite over their access record

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January deadline figures also show slight fall in overall UK applicant numbers

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We talk human existence, Cristiano Ronaldo and the problems with Portugal’s higher education system with Lancaster’s new astrophysicist

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Many black and ethnic minority staff at universities are also downbeat about their promotion chances, according to a new University and College Union survey

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Fears that the changes could favour applicants from wealthy backgrounds who can afford to be coached