Politics

Chopping tree with large chainsaw

Low salaries, excessive bureaucracy and poorly defined research policies add to region’s woes

Students protesting against Brexit

Sector figures say government proposals fail to guarantee future for academics based in the UK

Airport security at Frankfurt airport

US proposals spark worry for researchers reading Arabic or foreign language texts, or works critical of the Trump administration

China, US, USA

The political changes of 2017 will benefit China, and influence the future of international student mobility, says Marguerite Dennis

Student refugee

Universities are developing imaginative ways of addressing the educational needs and ambitions of Syrians

Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister, Japan

Shinzo Abe may face questions over claims that he pushed education department to approve new veterinary school

People protest on February 1, 2017 in Berkeley, California. A speech by controversial Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley, was cancelled after protesters and police engaged in violent skirmishes

After incidents on US campuses where students have called for scholars’ dismissal, professor sees need to update concept of academic freedom

Tens of thousands of students forced to find new places to study, reports say

distortion

Demand-driven funding in higher education but not vocational education will distort both provision and student choice, says Peter Noonan

Rainbow flag at a rodeo

Texas-born scholar Angelia Wilson talks to Matthew Reisz about the changing face of political studies, Trump and the Christian Right, and a Bible Belt road trip

Exercise that could take money away from universities likely to be shelved or scaled back

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, poses for selfies at a campaign event in Leeds, May 10, 2017

As student loan debt in the UK passes £100 billion, Sir Keith Burnett says it’s time we faced up to the real cost of tuition fees and debt

Matthew Reisz enjoys an evening in the company of a Nobel Laureate and academic superstar

Hostile cat

Forty-one per cent of respondents to ACE survey describe political climate as ‘hostile’ to higher education

ventriloquist puppet

HEC Paris’ Alberto Alemanno says academics who influence policy ‘often’ do it in return for money

safety, safe

Campus safe spaces are bad for democracy and open debate, but academics must respond to the genuine concerns they represent, says James Wicks

Hermann Hauser

Hermann Hauser calls on vice-chancellors to ‘take a stand against pseudoscience’

Reflection of man in cracked mirror

To defend the values of reason from political attack we need to be more discriminating about the claims made in its name, says John Hendry

Jeremy Corbyn speaking into microphone

Popularity of plans to scrap tuition fees in England sparks interest Down Under

Niqab

Country is latest European state to take action against the garment