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[UK] Do you feel bullied into bad science?

We are postdocs and a reader in the humanities and sciences at the University of Cambridge. We are concerned about the desperate need for publishing reform to increase transparency, reproducibility, timeliness, and academic rigour of the production and dissemination of scholarly outputs (...) - Qualdrics

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[UK] Pledge to abolish university tuition fees needs honing

The UK Labour Party wants to abolish higher education tuition fees for students in England if it wins the general election next month. From as early as this September students would no longer be subject to the highest tuition fees on average of any country in the world.  (...) - University World News, by Graeme Atherton, 26 May 2017 Issue No:461
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Higher Education and Research Bill passed by UK parliament

Higher Education and Research Bill passed by UK parliament | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bill to further market approach in England backed by MPs and Lords (...) - Times Higher Education, May 25, 2017

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[UK] Brexit will 'harm science', say top university leaders

[UK] Brexit will 'harm science', say top university leaders | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Post-Brexit restrictions to research collaborations in Europe will harm scientific progress, a group of leading UK universities has warned. Science and research must be a priority during discussions between UK and EU leaders,  The Russell Group of research intensive universities said there would be “no winners” from a Brexit settlement that introduced new barriers for international researchers. (...) - The Independent, by Rachael Pells, 22 May 2017

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[UK] Dame Nancy Rothwell: Scrap staff redundancies at University of Manchester

[UK] Dame Nancy Rothwell: Scrap staff redundancies at University of Manchester | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The University of Manchester has proposed severe staffing cuts across the university, including but not limited to the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, and Alliance Manchester Business School. 171 members of staff are set to be axed despit (...) - Petition by Resist Restructuring Manchester, change.org

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Controversial UK research reform crosses finish line

Controversial UK research reform crosses finish line | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Snap general election triggers compromises in legislation overhauling how Britain’s science is funded.


A controversial and wide-ranging shake-up of the United Kingdom’s research and higher-education landscape has been completed, amid a huge rush by the country’s parliament to push through legislation.(...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 28 April 2017

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University tuition fees in England 'now the highest in the world'

University tuition fees in England 'now the highest in the world' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University tuition fees in England are now the highest in the world, new analysis has found.


The average annual cost of £9,188, makes it significantly more than higher education in the US, where the average student pays $9,410 (£7,518) per annum, according to the Student Loan Calculator website. (...) - The Independent, by Ben Kentish, 28 March 2017

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[UK] Brexit will cause flight of EU academics, say Oxford leaders

[UK] Brexit will cause flight of EU academics, say Oxford leaders | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

College heads warn that without reassurance on their rights many lecturers, researchers and support staff will depart, causing ‘enormous damage’ (...) - The Guardian, 13 March 2017

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Why British universities are unlikely to accept invitation to set up campuses in France

Why British universities are unlikely to accept invitation to set up campuses in France | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Paris consortium hopes to lure UK institutions with promise of access to European research funds after Brexit. (...) - Nature, by Barbara Casassus & Daniel Cressey, 22 Feb 2017

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[UK] More than nine in 10 universities restrict free speech

More than nine in 10 universities in the United Kingdom are restrictive of free speech, according to a new report that raises concerns over the issue of censorship on campuses, writes Rachael Pells for the Independent. (...) - University World News, by Independent, 17 February 2017 Issue No:447
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[UK] Universities are using casual contracts to put profit before people

[UK] Universities are using casual contracts to put profit before people | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There is a place for casualised work in academia but it is becoming so widespread that talent is being driven away, and both staff and students suffer (...) - The Guardian via Collectif PAPERA, 10/02/2017

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Researchers shocked at UK’s plan to exit EU nuclear agency

Researchers shocked at UK’s plan to exit EU nuclear agency | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The United Kingdom’s role in major fusion projects remains in limbo.


Scientists are shocked and angry at the UK government’s sudden confirmation on 26 January that it wants to pull out of the European Atomic Energy Community, or Euratom, as part of its arrangements for Brexit. (...) - Nature, by Elizabeth, 27/01/2017

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Brexit strategy 'offers hope on Horizon 2020, Erasmus+'

Brexit strategy 'offers hope on Horizon 2020, Erasmus+' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The European University Association, or EUA, sees positive signals on United Kingdom participation in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ in Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement and parliamentary answers on the UK’s approach to exiting the European Union, despite her clear indication that she will seek a “full” Brexit in negotiations.  (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 19 January 2017 Issue No:443
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Can UK universities stay open?

Britain’s relationship with the European Union has been a fruitful one when it comes to higher education. By operating within a larger European network, UK universities have become increasingly competitive in world terms. (...) - University World News, by Simon Marginson, 23 June 2017 Issue No:465
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UK faces biomedical ‘brain drain’, study warns

UK faces biomedical ‘brain drain’, study warns | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

One in three scholars in field ‘deeply concerned’ about future research career prospects (...) - Times Higher Education, 14 May 2017

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Academies calculate how much Brexit will cost U.K. researchers

Academies calculate how much Brexit will cost U.K. researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

British archaeologists and several other fields may bear the brunt of the separation


Some academic fields in the United Kingdom will have major funding holes to fill once the country leaves the European Union, according to new research commissioned by four U.K. academies. The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society commissioned the Technopolis Group, an independent policy research organization, to find out in detail just how reliant U.K. science is on European funding. The €1.1 billion per year that U.K. research now gets from Europe is, the report found, spread across all academic disciplines it analyzed but some fields will have a tougher time than others finding alternative sources. (...) - Science, by Daniel Clery, May 23, 2017

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UK political parties promise science funding boost

UK political parties promise science funding boost | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers welcome pre-election promises to raise R&D, implying billions more for science.

UK scientists worried about how Brexit will affect their funding received a boost this week, when the country's three main national parties pledged long-term targets to raise research spending. The announcements came in party manifestos unveiled ahead of national elections in June. (...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 19 May 2017

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[UK] University chiefs demand return of post-study visas

Students, staff and principals at Scotland’s universities are calling for the reintroduction of a post-study work visa for international students, warning businesses and public services are missing out on vital talent without it, writes Stephen Naysmith for Herald Scotland.  (....) - University World News, by Herald Scotland, 05 May 2017 Issue No:458
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[UK] How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers

[UK] How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The months between the Brexit vote and this week's triggering of Article 50 have been a turbulent time for scientists — and things show no sign of calming. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbott, Ewen Callaway, Daniel Cressey, Elizabeth Gibney & Inga Vesper, 29 March 2017

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Brexit-proof the UK economy with more R&D, say employers

Brexit-proof the UK economy with more R&D, say employers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New CBI campaign says economy risks being left behind unless UK research budget rises to 3% of GDP from 1.7% (...) - The Guardian, by Katie Allen , 20 March 2017

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International students worth £25 billion to UK economy

International students studying in the United Kingdom now generate more than £25 billion (US$30 billion) for the economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses, according to new figures. (...) - University World News, by 08 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[UK] Delay in hiring science advisers intensifies Brexit worries

[UK] Delay in hiring science advisers intensifies Brexit worries | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Policy experts want scientists at the table when government decides on environmental protection and membership of international collaborations. (...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 20 February 2017

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[UK) Against a managerialist approach to higher education

Universities worldwide are increasingly under pressure to demonstrate their educational quality through performance-oriented evaluation procedures. But how do academics and students understand the concept of quality and what is their experience of quality evaluation?  (...) - University World News, by Ming Cheng, 17 February 2017 Issue No:447
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Universities face £4.6m bill if EU levy is introduced

Scottish universities will be left facing a multimillion pound bill if the United Kingdom government presses ahead with plans to charge a levy to organisations hiring European Union workers following Brexit, writes Chris Green for iNews.  (...) - University World News, by iNews, 03 February 2017 Issue No:445
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There's trouble with transparency in the UK's academies

There's trouble with transparency in the UK's academies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Developing good relationships with business is essential for academies, but critics say the system is plagued by secrecy and conflicts of interest (...) - The Guardian, by Martin Williams, 18 January 2017

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