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Critics call proposal for world-first professional recognition system ‘demented’

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Peer review process punishes academics who ‘challenge the dogma’ of their field, scientists claim

An illustration of three dodos in a classroom

With overcrowded lecture theatres the norm in undergraduate education today, online delivery has entirely replaced lectures and seminars in some institutions. So where to in the coming decade? Warren Bebbington outlines a survival strategy for the increasingly unaffordable traditional university

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Serious novels promote the trust and people skills that societies need. They should be required reading for all degrees, says Peter Taylor-Gooby

Nate Kitch illustration (20 April 2017)

The work of 500 scientists transformed the 20th century. Universities and funders must do more to make certain that the flow of groundbreaking discoveries continues, says Donald Braben 

A telescope in Africa
The benefits of a newly funded radio astronomy project transcend niche science

Duke University challenge on visualising scholarly collaboration produces treasure trove of results

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Female-authored papers up to three times more readable but published half a year later
Eleanor Shakespeare illustration (13 April 2017)

It's not just about papers. Running a university in Papua New Guinea has cast academic impact in a more exotic light for John Warren

Canadian icebreaker ship
Scholars applaud call to increase cash for basic research, but question timing of release
storm in New Orleans
Cancellation of conference as cyclone swept in led to loss of 76 papers, say economists
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THE DataPoints figures detail how country has surpassed India but still lags behind South Korea

British researchers no longer win the most grants for established scientists, having already fallen behind in early career category

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V-c warns that European Court of Justice role in grant disputes makes UK association ‘difficult to see’

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Prizes of £80,000 in unrestricted funding up for grabs for best junior principal investigators

A rocket

Horizon 2020 could have more success getting technologies off the ground if it does not neglect the basic work that sparks breakthroughs, say Geert de Snoo, Floor Frederiks, Peter Lievens and Katrien Maes

Svalbard, Norway

An academic conference in the world’s northern-most human settlement was a profoundly unsettling – and enlightening – experience for Randy Malamud

Girls grabbing food

Most academics are keen to access other researchers’ material but a third are yet to share their own

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Academic calls on Facebook and Twitter to share more information with scholars

NHS, hospital, health, healthcare

Susan Michie calls for a radical upgrade in the use of social science to tackle poor public health