Academic life

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Scholars are ‘doing as much as they can’ to promote critical thinking among students despite suppression of liberal thought, study claims

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Understanding the unwritten rules of graduate study is vital if you want to get the most from your PhD supervision, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

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James McCrostie was shocked to discover the extent of ‘predatory conferences’, but even more shocked by those abetting them

Jonathan Holloway

We talk student protests, forgotten heroes and lessons from history with Northwestern University’s next provost

A leading exploration geologist has died

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Typography expert’s rules for making messages easier to read elicit both praise and claims of pedantry

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University of Bath’s Glynis Breakwell and other vice-chancellors are facing criticism from staff and students over pay increases

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Attributes of top scientists mapped in new paper

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Seven scholars relate how they stepped back or stepped in as they saw fit, while one contributor’s daughter describes the flip side

Zygmunt Bauman

Fellow scholars pay tribute to the thinker who transformed our understanding of the contemporary world with his concept of ‘liquid modernity’ 

Katherine Grainger, chancellor of Oxford Brookes University

The Olympian and chancellor of Oxford Brookes University talks about camaraderie between athletes, competition in the HE sector, and how her academic and athletic careers have complemented each other

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Keep it brief, tailor to the job requirements and do not mention your hobbies. Our panel of top university administrators offer some tips on how to write a top-notch CV

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From giving up Bremoaning and plastic cutlery, to publishing 10 papers in one year and sketchnoting, scholars share their goals for 2017

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From respect and metrics to mistakes and biscuits, management scholar John Hendry offers advice

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Universities should be providing students with the skills to understand and handle media manipulation, say academics behind a new study

Tarek Shawki chairman of Egypt's presidential advisory council for education and scientific research

Education adviser to president says ‘lifetime affiliation’ to universities could be model for future learning

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Analysis casts doubt on fears that ‘publish or perish’ culture undermines quality

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Although the term still resonates with scholars, it means less and less in today’s academy, says Bruce Macfarlane

University teaching

Study into the experiences of universities’ top teaching faculty is revealing about the real priorities, says Holly Else

Actor Jeremy Irons, Bath Spa University

We talk to the new chancellor of Bath Spa University about censorship, Brideshead Revisited and why campuses should be a place for outrage