Academic life

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

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Academics enjoy teaching. What they don’t like is the lack of preparation time, bureaucratic burdens, unprepared students – and the TEF. Jack Grove reports

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Thousands of France’s most educated minds are now based abroad – luring them back could be a boon for its ambitious plans for higher education, Jack Grove writes

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While right-wing politicians have been found to be more attractive than left-wing politicians, this trend may not hold true in the world of scholarship

Author Monica Ali, University of Surrey

The acclaimed novelist and distinguished writer-in-residence at the University of Surrey talks about teaching, researching her novels and why she skipped all her lectures

Cambridge University students on the River Cam. Punt is sinking

Proportion of Royal Society scientists associated with Oxbridge is lower than expected, researcher says

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Adrian Furnham makes his case for a discerning approach to philanthropy

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Mathematical model works by trying to remove skewing of results in group funding decisions

Sir Lenny Henry

Birmingham City University’s new chancellor talks about his experiences as a mature student, how education is a right, and why the British public rock

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Can punk scholars bring together their conflicting identities without compromise?

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

Airbus aircraft landing gear is tested at the Airbus aircraft manufacturer's Filton site

UK ‘naive’ to think that it could replace academic links with European industry with those from elsewhere

Investing in UK science may be cheaper after Brexit but the true cost to innovation system remains to be seen, says Holly Else

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Ahmed Bawa accepts concerns on fees, which sparked protests in 2016, still persist

Look to Canada and northern Europe for lessons on reducing inequality, says Simon Marginson

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

Julie Mennell vice-chancellor of the University of Cumbria

We talk about the social responsibilities of universities, crime scene investigation and attracting talent to the North East of England with the vice-chancellor of the University of Cumbria

David Humphries illustration (2 February 2017)

Has scholarly pessimism helped fuel anti-expert rhetoric? Panglossian we are not, but when hope fails, there’s humour, says Shahidha Bari

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Nobel laureate Sir Angus Deaton on why he signed an anti-Trump petition, and why universities are partly to blame for Trump’s rise

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