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Past articles by David:

Will a Facebook-style news feed aid discovery or destroy serendipity?

Academics’ reading lists are increasingly directed by algorithms. But are the recommendation services of platforms such as Google Scholar, ResearchGate and Mendeley distorting science? And might AI ultimately lead it to a disastrous echo chamber? David Matthews reports → Read More

Germany too dependent on Confucius Institutes, minister warns

In unprecedented comments ahead of federal elections in September, Anja Karliczek applauds university that shuttered its institute → Read More

But is it research? Artists fight for official recognition

Performance can help explore academic questions, say advocates, but the field still lacks full acceptance in the corridors of power and policymaking → Read More

Pandemic shock ‘has exposed university teaching inequalities’

Governments have focused on building up a lavishly funded research elite, but the forced switch online has made them realise losers in this system cannot cope → Read More

#IchbinHanna: German researchers snap over lack of permanent jobs

Scholars, fed up with decades of living from contract to contract, force government to remove video that seemed to celebrate insecurity → Read More

Small fraction of professors ‘dominate contact with media’

Just 10 per cent of academics account for half of all engagement with the media, according to a survey of more than 1,000 Swiss professors → Read More

Why are German politicians so obsessed with PhDs?

After yet another minister falls to a plagiarism scandal, observers lament that a long German tradition of doctorates has descended into academic ‘credentialism’ → Read More

Cross-border universities initiative ‘could extend far beyond EU’

European Commission says it has heard pleas for more long-term funding, and is considering allowing extra universities to join existing alliances → Read More

Dutch student-loan shift ‘blocks progression to master’s degrees’

Statistics Netherlands finds that a switch away from grants has cut some students’ education short – despite government promises → Read More

Fudan Hungary campus branded geopolitical pawn as backlash grows

Part of a nexus of deals between Hungary and China, the project has become a flashpoint in local politics after it emerged locals will foot the bill → Read More

Researchers despair as Microsoft shuts down academic services

Decision will impact other tools that relied on Microsoft’s database and raises questions about relying on private firms, critics say → Read More

French professor free to harass hydroxychloroquine critics online

Eric Chabriere’s attacks against critics of hydroxychloroquine are seen as a sign of the social-media-induced radicalisation that has occurred during the pandemic → Read More

Public funding for European universities holds up despite Covid

Three countries even received double-digit increases in 2020, but with so much new government debt, some fear cuts could be in store further down the line → Read More

Polish pressure forces Holocaust historian to self-censor

Scholars fear threat of lawsuits is deterring academics from exploring Polish complicity in genocide → Read More

Oxford career oasis gives scholars time to escape tunnel vision

At the Future of Humanity Institute, early career researchers are given two years to work out which questions are really worth asking → Read More

Non-EU scientists face exclusion from sensitive Horizon projects

Most collaboration will continue, but emphasis on building the EU’s ‘strategic autonomy’ means academics in Israel, the UK and Switzerland could be shut out of some areas → Read More

How far can EU universities ride the post-Covid spending wave?

Amid the economic ravages inflicted by the coronavirus, the EU has agreed a huge stimulus package. But while research in some countries looks set for a transformational boost, it may be a different story for teaching, reports David Matthews → Read More

Backlash as Hamburg boosts ‘unscientific’ Covid lab leak analysis

Critics say university lent undue weight to analysis that was not peer-reviewed, but some worry scientists have shied away from fully investigating hypothesis → Read More

France’s elite universities face campus sexual assault reckoning

Campaigners say tight-knit elitism, boozy initiation weeks and a lacklustre administrative response have led to a culture of silence in grandes écoles → Read More

France to investigate academics over ‘Islamo-leftism’

Organisation charged with leading probe says term has no ‘scientific reality’ and is being used to shut down academic discussion of race and colonialism → Read More