First, second and third place winners' podium

The UK has performed well in our expanded World University Rankings, but intangible assets are a vital source of strength

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In an age of extroverts, a scholar’s paean to shyness and Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘radio phone-in’ PMQs tack against the prevailing winds

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science

Jo Johnson’s debut UUK speech offered variations on a Willettsian theme, but with a few chords to make his audience shift uneasily

Protestor holding banner, Admiralty District, Hong Kong

China’s sheer size means that its present economic woes will be felt worldwide, not least across the higher education sector

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A bid to reproduce key studies is less a tale of failure than of researchers’ willingness to put their own practices to the test

Huge crowd of academics (illustration)

As the trend for mass-authored papers in science spreads to other fields, PhD students’ work is still going unacknowledged

With individuals and institutions alike calculating potential costs of Brexit, recouping loans from EU students can’t be ignored

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Loans could push up the price of master’s courses, but with such degrees becoming sine qua nons, should fees be restrained?

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Peer review may not spot fraud – so universities need to be vigilant in tackling any wrongdoing among their staff

Interconnected world/global roaming

From Africa to the UK, countries must find ways to capitalise on the global ebb and flow of today’s mobile scholars

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education

As the sector debates the design of a teaching-ometer, campuses wait to discover the strength of the TEF’s power over fee levels

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education

Leaving the EU would be a disaster for UK universities, but pro-Europe campaigners have to choose their message carefully

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education

Metrics have become prevalent – and problematic – throughout universities, but they can be effective tools if used correctly

Paul Jump, Times Higher Education

It’s a long way to the top if you want to make it as a PI, but there are many positives on the path to that big break

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education

Some practices thought to be long established are anything but, while others considered novel have lengthy histories

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education

Senior figures worry that the UK is lagging behind the innovators and entrepreneurs pushing the frontiers of higher education

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education

Given the run of campus, some academics would target what they see as cult practices that raise stress and cut productivity

John Gill, editor, Times Higher Education

From senior appointments to student surveys, pedagogy is again centre stage – and waiting in the wings is a teaching REF

Simon Baker, news editor, Times Higher Education

The move away from overseas branches attests to the fact that such operations are hard to get right and offer no quick returns

Insecure employment takes a toll on individuals, but its effects may also cut to the very core of universities and their missions

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