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Where do we go from here?

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Editorial

Oxford to consider socioeconomic data in PhD applications

Tutors at the University of Oxford will examine information on the socioeconomic background of applicants for several PhD programmes as part of a drive to diversify admissions.

September 23rd, 2020
Philippe Sands: lack of UK BAME law academics a ‘major problem’

Leading human rights barrister calls on UK law schools to address ethnic minority under-representation among academic teaching staff. Philippe Sands told THE that the under-representation of BAME legal scholars should be a ‘matter of real concern’ for UK universities.

September 22nd, 2020
Ottoline Leyser: boost efforts to make science accessible for all

Head of UK Research & Innovation will urge scientists to help shed public view that research is an ‘elite and alien world inhabited by boffins’. Scientists must do more to debunk the myth that science and innovation ‘is run by and for the elite’.

September 22nd, 2020
UK academics ‘at breaking point’ over shift to online teaching

Nicola Byrom, senior lecturer in psychology at King’s College London and founder of the charity Student Minds, says that scholars are still in ‘emergency’ mode and universities should recognise that the year ahead ‘may not be brilliant’ in terms of teaching quality.

September 18th, 2020
UK and Canada ‘becoming more attractive’ to Indian students

Survey finds that concerns about safety and unfavourable immigration policies are the key factors deterring Indian and Nepalese students from overseas destinations.

September 17th, 2020
Prospective UK students prioritise teaching quality

A poll by the University of Winchester puts ‘excellence in teaching’ well ahead of research reputation in eyes of teenagers, with 45 per cent identifying it as the most important value about a university and 22 per cent as the second most important.

September 15th, 2020