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Labour plans long-term move to graduate tax, says Byrne

Source: Alamy<p>Look to the future now: ‘universities will be an election issue,’ says Liam Byrne<p>Labour’s election manifesto could set out a “long-term …

Research that doesn't belong to single subject area is deemed 'too risky'

Academics concerned universities are excluding interdisciplinary research from the Research Excellence Framework exercise<p>Most university departments will be in a state of frenzy right now with the deadline for submitting to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) only days away. As the last Ts are …

This electric lollipop can simulate any taste

It's almost 2014 and virtual reality still hasn't progressed to a point where I can ride a white tiger through a lightning storm or dunk a basketball …

BIS blew its budget, and now the entire higher education sector will have to pay

No one is going to be happy with the news coming out of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Not students, not private higher education providers, not researchers, not the thinktanks, and certainly not the Russell group of 24 elite UK universities, which have previously been …

Student tuition fees 'should rise with inflation'

<b>University tuition fees in England should rise in line with inflation, a university leader has urged.</b><p>Sir Christopher Snowden, vice-chancellor of the University of Surrey and president of Universities UK, says a £9,000 fee cap is "not sustainable".<p>"The whole issue is that fees can't remain frozen …

Synaptic transistor learns while it computes

<b>Cambridge, Mass. – November 1, 2013 –</b> It doesn't take a Watson to realize that even the world's best supercomputers are staggeringly inefficient and …

Smart neurons: Single neuronal dendrites can perform computations

When you look at the hands of a clock or the streets on a map, your brain is effortlessly performing computations that tell you about the orientation …

The £54,000 degree: how well is AC Grayling's college doing?

It's a year since AC Grayling's New College of the Humanities opened for business, with its big-name lecturers and £18,000-a-year fees. Is it succeeding in its mission to be 'elite but not exclusive'?<p>At 9.30am promptly, AC Grayling begins a two-hour Introduction to Philosophy lecture for year one …

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Use universities to drive economic growth, report urges

<b>Universities should be brought into the heart of the economy and funded to stimulate growth, a report is urging.</b><p>It says the government should put £1bn into what it calls Arrow Projects, to turn "globally competitive technological ideas into real business".<p>Current funding streams are too complex, …

Elephants 'understand human gesture'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1017000/1017515_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524699631_0c47c29d9b3e7a22a6ba071b33ca7266<p><b>African elephants have demonstrated what appears to be an instinctive understanding of human gestures, according to UK scientists.</b><p>In a …

How Not to Save the Humanities

Paul Gustav Fischer, “A fire on Kultorvet” c.1900<p>Eric Schliesser, over at NewAPPS, has an interesting post up regarding a dispute between Marcus …

What do London Underground stops taste like?

Man who can 'taste' words creates flavour map of the Tube after visiting every stop during 49-year project. Click on the map to enlarge.<p>The London Underground map has inspired a range of spin-offs over the years, with everything from musical icons to popular restaurants plotted along its …

Russell Group earnings boost ‘statistically insignificant’

Attending a Russell Group university does not boost graduate earnings any more than going to a former polytechnic, according to a …

Why I’m quitting the academy

Source: James Fryer<p>I feel part of an oppressive and hierarchical structure that demands the compromise of individuality and creativity in order to …

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

New forms of open peer review will allow academics to separate scholarly evaluation from academic journals.

<i>Today’s academic publishing system may be problematic, but many argue it is the only one available to provide adequate research evaluation. Pandelis</i> …

In the race for scientific prowess we mustn't leave the arts behind

Last week saw hundreds of thousands of students secure their places at university. More students than ever before have got their first choice as this government has freed universities from the old system of limits on the number of students each one could accept. Record applications from students …

Brain scans could lead to consciousness ‘gold standard’

It can be nearly impossible to know what is happening in the mind of someone who has experienced a severe brain injury, but two new methods could …

It’s time to start teaching philosophy as a formal subject in our secondary schools

People not taught how to think will do it anyway; they’ll just do it badly<p>Thu, Aug 1, 2013, 01:00<p>At the outset of this difficult period in Irish …

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International perspective: an Indian student in the UK<p>A three-month placement in London has taught Amity University student Ashmeet Sehgal some …

International students pay premium at UK universities

<b>Students from outside the EU will pay up to four times the fees charged to UK students next year suggests a survey.</b><p>Some undergraduates will pay up to £35,000 a year - against a maximum of £9,000 paid by UK and EU students.<p>Researchers for The Complete University Guide asked 110 universities across …

In fight to fill places, all bets are off

Source: Alamy<p>Competitive destination: ‘muscular tactics’ will be employed in clearing this year, experts predict<p>Universities potentially face their …

REF non-submission may have consequences, Leicester warns

Source: Alamy<p>On my honour: academics fear that, contrary to an agreed principle, staying out of the REF may harm a career<p>Fears that academics who are …

This computer took 40 minutes to simulate one second of brain activity

And it required 82,944 processors, to do it — showing that we're still quite a ways off from being able to match the computational power of the human …

How to teach … philosophy

In testing times such as these, is there really space in the timetable to teach philosophy? The great German philosopher Hegel (1770-1831) said: "Education to independence demands that young people should be accustomed early to consult their own sense of propriety and their own reason. To regard …

Pisa rankings are 'utterly wrong'

The world's most influential education league tables are "useless", produce "meaningless" rankings and are compiled using techniques that are …

Udacity Experiment at San Jose State Suspended After 56% to 76% of Students Fail Final Exams

In January, San Jose State University (SJSU) made headlines when it announced that it would let students take credit-bearing online courses through …

Willetts wants banks to fill postgrad funding gap

Source: Rex Features<p>Funding kick-starter: Willetts wants to know why banks are withdrawing<p>Universities and science minister David Willetts has said …