Academic freedom

Campaigners who want to erase the controversial figures from universities’ pasts are wrong, say Niall McCrae and Roger Watson

Hong Kong Occupy Central protests

University of Hong Kong v-c denies he is ‘heading for a simple life’ as the next head of the University of Edinburgh

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The targeting of Turkey’s top academics, in the country’s most established institutions, has caused outrage, writes Gulcin Ozkan

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Does Nigel Piercy textbook case study stem from his experience at Swansea University? 

People at the 'Step into the Void' installation in the French Alps, France

Lack of opportunities and local hiring practices have stopped many French scientists from returning to their homeland, a new study says

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Capital’s institutions may be hit by a ‘perfect storm’, warn scholars

Censorship

Free Speech ranking claims quarter of institutional administrations are ‘actively censoring speech’

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New study into medieval universities describes how paupers studied alongside the elite despite financial barriers

More than 198,000 people have signed a petition in support of Ahmadreza Djalali

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Editors of journals should face ‘negligence’ investigations over extensive delays, suggests a new paper

Colm Tóibín

Brooklyn author reflects on the new US president, Brexit and literature as he becomes chancellor of the University of Liverpool

University of California, Berkeley

US president attacks institution on Twitter after Milo Yiannopoulos event sparks violence

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Paper concludes that ‘contrary to popular thinking, Confucius Institutes have not had a positive impact on China’s global interests’

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The University of Toronto’s scholarship raises questions about the extent to which academic freedom is appropriate

Pyongyang Skyline

University founded by Christian evangelicals sends delegation to US hoping for assistance 

Donald Trump, US flag

But some academics suggest move would harm US universities and scholars ‘who desperately need support’ 

Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman

Turkey flag

The UK must raise the issue of Turkey's appalling treatment of academia, says Mehmet Ugur

Surprised happy student
Martin Seligman guides University of Buckingham on 'positive psychology'
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First transnational study of how university dropouts fare in the labour market suggests any exposure to higher education is better than none