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Past articles by Simon:

REF 2021: Golden triangle looks set to lose funding share

Although major players still dominate on research power, some large – and small – regional institutions have made their mark → Read More

China crackdown ‘hit US scientists’ research quality’

US project leaders with history of China collaboration ‘saw dent to citations’ → Read More

Task force aims to cut data burden on English sector

Announcement comes amid growing criticism of extra regulatory load placed on universities by reforms → Read More

Support staff numbers cut at half of UK universities

Some institutions lost about a tenth of their non-academic workforce in main year of pandemic → Read More

Staff-student sexual misconduct guidance ‘a missed opportunity’

Group that had input into document says it seeks to ‘shore up’ institutions’ reputations rather than make a difference for students → Read More

Cash is king as UK universities shore up finances

Financial accounts for 2020-21 suggest tension may now grow between saving money and investing in staff and facilities → Read More

Pay rises stall for v-cs as rank-and-file staff face freeze

Alice Gast emerges as top-paid leader among Russell Group → Read More

TEF gets ‘requires improvement’ badge for ‘absence of excellence’

Label would apply to providers failing to get a rating and in England would limit the fees they can charge, according to consultation → Read More

English economic model ‘unravelling’ as more students miss out

Admissions expert warns that fall in acceptance rate could be start of major issue in supply of places → Read More

UN warns over private provider expansion in developing sectors

Head of global monitoring report on education says he is concerned about language of market and inequality → Read More

Most staff ‘feel lack of support for improving online teaching’

Jisc survey reveals staff feel innovation in remote learning is where they need more help → Read More

Should the West recruit more students from Global South?

Scholarships can be important, but the risk of brain drain must be borne in mind, say experts → Read More

Why is investment in higher education not paying off for women?

The gender participation gap continues to grow, according to OECD data, but men are still earning more → Read More

Why is investment in higher education not paying off for women?

The gender participation gap continues to grow, according to OECD data, but men are still earning more → Read More

Tech without humanities ‘ends in situations like that of Uighurs’

AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton tells THE summit that non-science disciplines are vital to shaping how tech is used → Read More

‘Validity’ of journal impact factor highlighted by Covid effect

Analysis suggests highly cited papers could double JIFs of some general medical journals → Read More

Is STEM growth really stunting the humanities?

The narrative that the humanities are haemorrhaging students, funding and political favour is deeply felt around the world. But the evidence of the disciplines’ decline is considerably more nuanced, finds Simon Baker → Read More

Average classroom master’s fee jumps £1,200 for UK students

Rise could prompt concerns about sustainability of current postgraduate loans system → Read More

Don’t delay publishing English funding plans, ministers urged

Wrangling between DfE and Treasury over direction of policy appears to be main roadblock → Read More

Campuses fear losing 10 per cent of fees as Europeans stay away

Latest financial data show how some institutions are more exposed to EU student demand than others → Read More