Management and governance

Vice-chancellor believes international scholars can be tempted away from the golden triangle and to the North of England

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Eliminating cheating services, even if it were possible, would do nothing to address students’ and universities’ lack of interest in learning, says Stuart Macdonald

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Colleges must lead students in critical thinking ‘not protect them’, says one leader

Glyn Davis, University of Melbourne

Academic who has led Australia’s leading university since 2005 to return to research and teaching

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Sheffield deputy vice-chancellor to succeed Sir David Greenaway

University of Manchester

UCU figures on job cut plans in 2017 reveal scholars’ vulnerability in wake of Brexit and TEF

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As higher education costs rise inexorably, students or governments will inevitably have to pay more, says Peter Coaldrake

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Group of top Asian institutions aims to boost research collaboration and increase mobility


Seven academic leaders share their experiences at the departmental helm along with their tips on how to squeeze the best out of sceptical staff and meagre budgets – and still find time for research

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Being required to document interactions with troubled students in customer relations management systems is just a distraction from addressing their problems, says Susan D’Agostino

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Students are being hoodwinked into enrolling on ‘trendy’ new degree programmes that are, according to one concerned academic, little more than a marketing exercise

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Plans for higher education reform rule out institution closures

Emmanuel Macron, France, president

Claire Taylor’s approach to change in her institution has been inspired by the French president’s rise to power

Purdue University

Academics pass resolution calling for shock acquisition to be rescinded

Bashir Makhoul tells of his inspiring journey from a tiny village in Palestine to university leadership

digital downloads

Round-the-clock online chats led to unprecedented levels of feedback, says institution's president

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First transnational study of stress in universities finds Germany’s academics are happiest
Kenny Dalglish

Agnes Bäker and Amanda Goodall have found that academics who are happiest at work have a head of department who is a distinguished researcher. How can such people be encouraged into management?

Polling station

Universities must not be complacent about freedom of speech, and need to ensure students use it to drive change, says Bill Rammell 

Golf: the long game

As tactics to maximise rankings become common knowledge and fluctuation diminishes, universities will re-focus on a diversifying array of missions, says Merlin Crossley