Politics

Chainsaw cutting tree branch

Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor at the University of Melbourne, on a 'rising chorus' of complaints about universities in the UK and Australia

Nick Xenophon

Opposition of Nick Xenophon Team senators dooms higher education bill to failure

Squeezed piggy bank

Strong turnout in ballot over USS changes ‘sends a clear message’ that union members will take action to protect retirement fund, says UCU

New Zealand

The populist New Zealand First party’s anointing of Jacinda Ardern as prime minister will have big consequences for tertiary education, says Roger Smyth

Powerful market regulator could also award its own degrees to address gaps in provision, consultation states

Students

Publication of the OfS regulatory framework consultation is a ‘significant milestone’ on the road to a new regulatory regime, says OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge

Baseball fans

Former chief of staff at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy says academics must put aside fears of ‘partisanship’

Man buried in sand on beach

Academic says he is ‘wary’ of applying for projects that involve extended periods of time overseas

Statue of Socrates, Athens

Humanities subjects do support economic growth and good citizenship, but their real value lies deeper, says Andrew Moore

American with giant gun

Bibliometric data suggest there should be more scholarship on the topic, but academics still make key contributions to debate

Snow on campus

Liberal arts colleges are often perceived as being elite and irrelevant. But the best among them excel in areas such as engagement and focus on critical thinking. Ellie Bothwell explores whether liberal arts education has become redundant – or simply needs a makeover

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As the Treasury Committee inquiry into tuition fees starts today, David Richardson warns that any reforms must ensure that universities remain properly funded

Labour MP Chris Elmore believes the most generous student maintenance package in the UK should not be confined to Wales

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science

Treasury underwriting of projects previously funded by the EU could continue after transition period, Jo Johnson says

Hungarian parliament

Hungarian government extends deadline for compliance with education act after Budapest-based institution meets criteria

Costs

Middlesex head 'not worried' by Lord Adonis' calls for return of polytechnic-university divide

Anti-tuition fees demonstrators at Westminster

Helen Carasso on the inconsistencies of England's fees system, ahead of her appearance at the Treasury Committee's investigation into student loan systems

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Paul Ashwin sees reasons for concern in the government's latest teaching excellence framework guidelines

Queen Mary University

Colin Bailey on a gamble to attend university that nearly backfired, and the institution that is academia’s ‘best-kept secret’

Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Treasury Committee will also look at a 'so-called graduate tax'