Management and governance

Taiwan market

Taiwan hopes that attracting students from further afield, particularly mainland China, will help to address its higher education crisis. But this in turn brings challenges, including compromised academic freedom, writes Chris Parr

Alison Johns

The chief executive-designate of the UK’s new sector agency discusses her West Country roots, the roles of academics and administrators, and escaping to the country 

French revolution

PSL’s high entry position in the THE World University Rankings reflects one of the ambitions of France’s programme of mergers, say John Ludden, Philippe Le Prestre and Jean-Marc Rapp

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Salary transparency can promote equality but also tends to foment jealousy and strife among academic staff, as Adrian Furnham has seen at first hand

Holding hands in chairs

Unions should be seen as investments in teaching and research quality rather than cost-saving exercises, advises EUA governance specialist

Robert Lee statue illustration

If we are going to build societies of peace and consensus, we have to accept each other’s villains as elements of our common past, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto

hot air balloon

THE pay data since 2010-11 show pay of UK leaders is going up faster than that of rank-and-file academics, but the reasons are less clear

mushroom cloud

The ending of Murdoch University’s agreement with its staff over employment conditions could herald a rougher ride for university staff, says Gavin Moodie 

Alison Johns

Leadership announced ahead of ECU, HEA and LFHE merger in 2018

Money in a jar

Competition for students and the cash brought in by increased tuition fees explain why universities want to invest in leadership, writes Andrew McRae

Jo Johnson, minister

Minister outlines plans for TEF and new regulator to tackle problem


The bullying and subsequent suicide of a talented Ivy League scientist exposes ugly truths about the cruelty and dysfunction at the heart of academic science

Jo Johnson smiling

Minister to set out plans for new regulator to ‘use its powers’ on senior pay in UUK speech


Universities’ shabby treatment of casual academics flies in the face of their professed commitment to education and dignity, says Jedidiah Evans

Nicholas Dirks speaks at the World Academic Summit, hosted by King's College London

Iconic Californian institution’s viability as a state university called into question by fall in public support and growing political intrusion, says ex-chancellor


Universities must communicate better if they are to avoid being presented as part of a ‘distant and malevolent elite’, says Dame Minouche Shafik

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Just one leader of a top 10 UK university has a Twitter account, report reveals

Tennis osteopath

Professor warns full university status for complementary medicine institution would ‘downgrade credibility’ of UK sector

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Vice-chancellor says involving academics in conversations about resources and sticking to the core mission were key to turnaround

Secret on a train

Ministers back University of Law, Arden sales to Netherlands-registered GUS, as BPP decision awaited