UK Universities

Studying media can help us understand our human rights, says new book from City academic

News from City, University of London<p>Arts & Culture Series:<p><i>Professor Howard Tumber has co-edited The Routledge Companion to Media and Human …

College & University

Women are less likely to study STEM subjects. But disadvantaged women are even less so

<i>The gender divide in science, technology, engineering and mathematics study is more complicated than most researchers, policymakers, and</i> …

Gender

The portability or non-portability of research

Our REF consultation had 44 questions. The one provoking the most polarised and contentious responses concerned the Stern proposal that outputs …

College & University

Putting Europe’s Robots on the Map: Automated journalism in news agencies

Alexander Fanta, a journalist at the Austrian Press Agency, has done the first comprehensive survey of automation in news agencies. The paper is …

College & University

University: why are more people being awarded firsts?

More UK universities and colleges are awarding the top grade to students, figures show. We want to hear from students and academics about why this is<p>Four times as many firsts were awarded in 2015-16 compared to five years ago, figures show. This means that in recent years one-third of UK …

Education

Book Review: The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh

<i>In</i> <b>The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable</b><i>, acclaimed novelist</i> <b>Amitav Ghosh</b> <i>offers a new non-fiction work that aims to confront this</i> …

Books

Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?

From AI-driven personalized learning to virtual reality, online courses will need to innovate to address their credibility issues and fulfill their enormous promise<p>There’s little doubt that online courses are proving popular with students all over the world. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) …

Learning

Deadly disease hotspots identified by four-year study | Natural History Museum

A study of aquatic snails that carry the parasitic disease schistosomiasis has identified infection hotspots around part of Africa's Lake Victoria …

Natural History

Huge gulf in earnings across UK universities, study finds

Graduates from Imperial College London will leave university armed with the most valuable degrees in the country, according to a new study which found a huge gulf in earning potential across UK universities.<p>Students from Imperial can expect to make £37,006 in their first year after graduating, the …

Education

UK universities’ borrowing boom revives niche credit insurance

The boom in borrowing for UK university accommodation is helping to spearhead the return of a niche form of credit insurance that fell out of favour …

UK News

New breakthrough discovery: Every quantum particle travels backwards

Posted on 17 July 2017<p>Mathematicians at the Universities of York, Munich and Cardiff have identified a unique property of quantum mechanical …

Quantum Mechanics

New materials at the touch of a button

The rapidly developing science and technology of graphene and atomically-thin materials has taken another step forward with new research from The …

Physics

Body size and prostate cancer risk | University of Oxford

A new study led by researchers in the Nuffield Department of Population Health Cancer Epidemiology Unit (CEU) investigated the associations of height …

Cancer

Glass walls: Australia’s highly gender-segregated workforce

The Australian Parliament has recently published a report exploring the reasons for workplace gender inequality in the country, and making nine …

Gender

Online Exhibitions | The Fitzwilliam Museum

On 29 May 2013, the Fitzwilliam Museum hosted its very own Armoury Extravaganza. This public-facing, interactive event sought to explore the human …

College & University

Book Review: The Politics of Evidence: From Evidence-Based Policy to the Good Governance of Evidence by Justin Parkhurst

<i>In The Politics of Evidence: From Evidence-Based Policy to the Good Governance of Evidence, available open access, Justin Parkhurst provides a</i> …

Research

The pharmaceutical industry is at risk from Brexit

<i>The pharmaceutical industry is at risk from Brexit. Border delays, R&D disruption and regulatory divergence pose hazards to this important industry,</i> …

Brexit

The new configuration of metrics, rules, and guidelines creates a disturbing ambiguity in academia

Much of academia has become increasingly influenced by metrics and a set of metrical practices. However, few have totally understood the massive wave …

Research

“A disgusting political lie”: EU parents respond to the Children’s Commissioner’s letter to Michel Barnier

<i>On 13 July, the Children’s Commissioner for England wrote a letter to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator outlining concerns over the status of children</i> …

Brexit

UK university applications fall by 4%, Ucas figures show

<b>The number of people applying for UK university places has fallen by more than 25,000 (4%) on last year, data from the admissions service Ucas shows.</b><p>The figures show a sharp decline in those applying to study nursing courses - down 19% - and a continued fall in the number of mature students, …

Education

Scientific birds of a feather flock together: science communication on social media rarely happens across or beyond disciplinary boundaries

<i>The success of academic research in reaching out beyond its own scientific community is a perennial concern, even more so following the rapid</i> …

Research

Nine media trends changing our complex and unstable public sphere

As political journalists are only too aware, we are in an age where the act of prediction is struggling to cope with a complex, unstable, diverse …

London School of Economics

Protecting even prime ministers from themselves: Why fixed-term parliaments seem a good idea

<i>Government runs roughshod over Parliament, as the 2017 election demonstrates. But the Fixed-term Parliaments Act remains on the statute book. Graham</i> …

London School of Economics

Friends like me: The screen lives of children and teens

How do children encounter sexually explicit content online? In this post, Manuela Maiguashca discusses her findings through video interviews with …

London School of Economics

If academics are serious about research impact they need to learn from monitoring, evaluation and learning teams

<i>The impact of academic research, particularly on policy and the private sector, is an increasingly important component of research assessment</i> …

London School of Economics

Portrait of Cambridge’s first female University Librarian is unveiled | Cambridge University Library

If you have ever visited the landing outside the Librarian’s Office at the University Library, you will have seen the portraits of those who have …

College & University

Why Theresa May’s gamble at the polls failed

<i>What was the impact of Brexit on the 2017 general election result? What difference did the collapse of UKIP make? And what was the relative</i> …

Brexit

Smallest-ever star discovered by astronomers

The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge. With a size just a sliver larger than …

Universe

The UK should seek membership or association with EFTA

<i>Amid the uncertainty of the Brexit process, one way to address the challenge of securing a degree of continuity in retaining preferential market</i> …

Brexit

Brexit can be stopped – but the window of opportunity is closing fast

<i>The idea of a vote on the final Brexit deal is an appealing one to Remainers, says Steve Bullock. But by Christmas 2018, after acrimonious</i> …

Brexit