The 10 most popular stories of October 2014

Which were the most-read Times Higher Education stories of last month? Well, since you asked…

November 4, 2014

Every month, we pull together the 10 most-read Times Higher Education articles of the previous calendar month.

October’s highlights include: anger over pension reform, claims that the social sciences need a bit of a shake up, and the results of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014.

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10. UUK data ‘misleading’ over the impact of USS reform

University of Oxford criticises figures given to universities illustrating the impact of cuts to pensions.

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9. Moocs ‘will not transform education’, says FutureLearn chief

Simon Nelson says original claims about massive open online course were overhyped.

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8. Do the social sciences need a shake-up?

Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald examine the state of the disciplines.

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7. False assumptions of the USS

It’s not often a letter makes our top 10. Scholars speak out on pensions.

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6. Thomas Docherty ‘to be cleared of all charges’ by Warwick

Scholar cleared after nine month suspension.

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5. Big brother in the academy

Monitoring of scholars’ performance, time and output is increasing.

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4. University of Cambridge tops ‘Table of Tables’ for fourth year

Our top 30 compiles the results of the “big three” UK domestic university rankings.

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3. 11 new #HEwords for academics that should be in the dictionary

Spinpact or grimpact? Muke or shitation? Brush up on your higher education vocab.

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2. Intellectual cowardice

Chris Walsh investigates the figure of the coward in academia

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1. World University Rankings 2014-2015 results

There could be only one winner this month, with the publication of our annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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