Racecar losing wheel as it turns corner

Data show deep dependence on EU funds by some institutions and subjects


Governments overall are spending more of GDP on tertiary education but less on research

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Purchase of research repository has horrified open access advocates who fear acquisition marks attempt to maintain control over publishing

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Academics and policy advisers have given their verdict in a study exploring how the REF affects the day-to-day lives of scholars

Universities should take responsibility for the betterment of society, says Michael Crow

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Academics do not always publicise their work, says senior academic administrator at Moroccan university 

Chest of treasure

Research councils, Innovate UK and QR funding will be brought under one new body that will also distribute new money for interdisciplinary research

Pressure to publish can lead to unethical behaviour, writes Athene Donald

Eurovision block voting infographic (12 May 2016)

Data on international collaborations hint at importance of place, politics and history

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Lord Stern should devise a research excellence framework that looks beyond past performance, says Giosuè Baggio

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A recent paper claims that the quality of researchers declines with age. Five senior scientists consider the data and how they’ve contributed through the years

Children playing, viewed through open window, Dharavi, Mumbai

An academic who takes students from the UK to Mumbai to lead a community theatre programme tells Chris Parr how the project affects all who take part

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Specialist language in scientific literature can put people off. Doctoral candidate Michelle Reeve asks: is it really necessary?

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University revises policy after backlash from academics

Adebayo Olukoshi, United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning

Institutions need to establish ‘nuanced’ notions of excellence, expert on African development tells THE Africa Universities Summit

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Universities in two countries will co-host three research chairs

Boaty McBoatface

Research council chiefs to be grilled by select committee after poll to name polar research vessel is overruled

Biomedical Research Building, Manel Brullet and Albert Pineda, Barceloneta beach, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s own version of the Crick Institute has helped the city’s academic ecosystem to thrive in spite of Spanish bureaucracy, reports Jack Grove from the Catalan capital

James Fryer illustration (5 May 2016)

In chasing REF points, academics may risk their public standing and undermine work with potentially profound effects, argues Mark Reed

Man multitasking work

However, director of the Oxford Martin School says 'disciplinary silos' were one factor contributing to 2008 financial crisis

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