Academic life

As the pay of BBC on-air talent is revealed, one academic comes clean about his salary

Jo Johnson, minister

Universities minister plans tougher protection for students, subject TEF pilot and graduate earnings link

London Economics shows how less well-off graduates will repay more than higher-earning peers

reading, summer, book

Scholars and senior sector figures reveal the books they’ll be reading over the summer break – for work or pleasure or both – in part two of our annual round-up of holiday reads

Jo Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street, London, England

Minister also warns Labour plan to abolish fees would mean ‘Reservoir Dogs ending’ for universities 

Tracy K. Smith

We talk race, taking advice from Seamus Heaney and poetry’s vital place in society with the US’s next Poet Laureate

Capsized woman and boat

Early career academics can be left to sink or swim when navigating the choppy waters of learning scholarly writing. Helen Sword says a more formal, communal approach can help everyone, especially women

Teesside University

University attacked by 750 academics for forcing entire professoriate to reapply for jobs

Man on beach reading
Scholars and senior sector figures reveal the books they’ll be reading over the summer break – for work or pleasure or both
Research. papers, peer review

Scholars are ignorant of many aspects of peer review, and part of the problem is that researching it is a bit like kicking the hornet’s nest, says Martin Eve

Men using smartphones against Twitter backdrop

Former education minister speaks out on vice-chancellors’ pay, ‘summer holidays’ and academics’ workloads

Geoffrey Alderman

We talk poverty, political correctness gone mad and the comfort of whisky with the outspoken historian

Gary Neill illustration (13 July 2017)

For those vacationing in Peer Review Land, Felipe Fernández-Armesto offers some help with the local lingo

Bums out in Magaluf

With the holiday season upon us, five academics suggest some unique destinations you may want to consider – or perhaps not

Thorns and butterflies

Conditions that undermine the notion of scholarly vocation – relentless work, ubiquitous bureaucracy – can cause academics acute distress and spur them to quit, says Ruth Barcan


Ravensbourne’s plans to stretch the teaching timetable to 7.30pm triggers staff revolt


The post-Gaddafi chaos has turned some campuses into war zones – with students among the fighters, says Darren Linvill

Richard Lyon

We talk emergency responses to terrorist attacks, geekiness and happy memories of the Olympic Games with Surrey’s professor of medicine

carers support

Researchers with complex caring commitments are often suffering in silence, explains Marie-Pierre Moreau


From steely-eyed sadists to licky Labradors, ingénue academics should beware of the cast of kinky characters who flock to academic get-togethers, says Tara Brabazon