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While learning to work quickly is a useful life skill, a greater gift to students is permitting unhurried excursions and digressions, says Shahidha Bari

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Conducting clinical trials during an epidemic for the first time, researchers fast-tracked the creation of a vaccine for Ebola, but not before 11,000 people had died

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Country’s publications in high-quality journals decline in relative and absolute terms

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Institutions need to be excellent across the board to attract leading researchers, analysis warns

Carlos Moedas, European Union (EU) Commissioner

Carlos Moedas defends research council as discussions build over next framework programme

Medical research

Amid crisis over reproducibility, agencies face call for ‘greater transparency and accountability’

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Government analysis finds most academics think postgraduate research standards have held steady or improved

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Health and environmental agencies face savage reductions as defence spending soars

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Findings from the German Excellence Initiative raise questions over impact of TEF

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Latest data on research grants show just how much UK institutions get from the EU

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James Tooley reflects on who helped him, who let him down and what he learned from his time in prison in Hyderabad

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Life science is a big part of the UK government’s industrial strategy, but neglecting basic research will drive top researchers abroad and threaten the flow of translatable discoveries, says Philippe Froguel

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Universities on the continent must shun xenophobia themselves, THE-Ulsan event hears

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Early signs of new administration’s attitude to research funding worry experts

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Discussion of research excellence framework reform has overlooked the role of research itself, argues Kevin Hetherington

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Comments are a further sign that European institutions are gearing up to poach UK-based researchers

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John Morgan looks at the universities in Asia and beyond that have forged the closest ties with industrial partners

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Elsevier report highlights countries and subjects where gender equality is improving the most

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Chancellor Philip Hammond allocates previously announced industrial strategy funding

University of Sydney

THE analysis reveals the 53 institutions that could surpass Oxbridge and the Ivy League