Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise

Study finds ‘super ties’ with another academic can lead to higher citation rates

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is the top UK institution for hosting both international and British students who go on to win Nobel prizes, finds British Council

Money to be set aside for ‘blue skies’ fundamental research

Mao Zedong statue

China’s long wait for a home-grown Nobel prize in science is now over, but concerns over its university culture remain, says David Matthews

Scientists from Japan, China and Ireland awarded for their work tackling parasitic diseases

Paper claims that medical impact case studies focused on policy impact, not improvement in patient mortality or quality of life

Brian Schmidt, THE World Academic Summit, Melbourne

Nobel laureate tells THE World Academic Summit that institutions provide funding and job security too late

Elly Walton illustration (1 October 2015)

Most REF case studies related simple, short-term impacts, missing a host of wider, longer-term effects, argues Trisha Greenhalgh

The week in higher education cartoon (1 October 2015)

The good, the bad and the offbeat – the academy through the lens of the national press

Man and lion lying beneath rug

Majority of academics publishing in journals with lax peer review are from Asia, study concludes

Person hiding face with hat brim

Declassified after 50 years, the papers aren’t always reliable sources of information, but they help historians fill in the blanks, says Geoff Andrews

Noam Chomsky portrait

An Italian dean has created an A to Z of interdisciplinarity

Inspired by previous movement in 1960s, PhD students say that ‘science is not neutral’ and urge scientists to confront their assumptions

Members of the public perform the Conga dance

Seminar considers the achievements – and even greater potential – of academic partnerships between the countries

People paddling on a makeshift raft

Multi-partner initiative launched by University Alliance institutions mirrors the doctoral training centre model

Kings College Chapel and College, University of Cambridge

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz says a lot of UK research would be reduced to ‘irrelevance’ in the event of Brexit


John Morgan looks at the latest spending review developments

Stack of books

Peer review system ‘lacks capacity’ to deal with ‘flood’ of new papers, meaning some could be unjustly dismissed

Arsene Wenger, Theo Walcott, Arsenal, Barclays Premier League match

Naomi Weir urges caution in the face of plans to reform an efficient research funding system

How medical research is funded

Charities blame widening gap between their grants and full costs of research 

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