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Past articles by John:

Empty calories won’t fuel a superpower

To sustain its world-leading universities and science, the next UK prime minister must listen to Tory heavyweights and move on from ‘sugar-rush’ policymaking → Read More

Don’t be too sure

The latest cataclysm is a reminder that certainties about the world, and even about international research collaboration, aren’t certain after all → Read More

Finem respice! Poppleton’s undying spirit

Laurie Taylor’s campus creation was loved because it mirrored academics’ own experiences. Although it’s closed, it will live on → Read More

Pluralistic academy is a model for politics in a polarised society

Politicians and social media warriors could learn a lesson from the ‘ivory towers’ they are so quick to deride: plurality and exchange of ideas are good things → Read More

In a populist era, Europe’s universities are progressive strongholds

Higher education institutions are vital not just to research and economic growth but also to ensuring the health of liberal democracy on the continent → Read More

As international students learn, all of UK earns

A precise breakdown of foreign learners’ contributions to all areas and sectors of British life could help finally move the group out of the net migration count → Read More

For higher education, 2017 brought never a dull day

The past year has seemed one of almost daily shocks and surprises for higher education, which has divulged, documented and dissected → Read More

Governors unaware of university mission have fuelled pay crisis

Outrage over vice-chancellors’ remuneration has focused on individuals – but the buck stops with governors → Read More

Scholarly sleaze

Just like Hollywood and Parliament, academia has entrenched power hierarchies. It can’t pretend that sexual harassment doesn’t take place → Read More

Nicholas Dirks: life on the fault line

The former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley explains how he navigated protests from both the Left and Right, and threatening tweets from President Trump → Read More

The heartfelt head-trips that give a lift in the race of life

Academics find information and inspiration in myriad places and forms, and what they do with it can transform and even save lives → Read More

Making sense of what it means to be human

In our rapidly changing world focused on science and progress, the liberal arts are sometimes considered irrelevant; but they offer unique insight into who we are and where we are going → Read More

Is ‘peak degree’ a myth?

Despite fears of saturation, an ever-growing army of graduates could just counter – rather than heighten – the threat of machines taking all our jobs → Read More

The tough hand dealt to young people

Theresa May’s tweaks to tuition fees may not be enough to quell the disquiet over the current system, says John Gill → Read More

Prize and prejudice?

Despite their scientific achievements, women account for only 5% of Nobel prize-winners. It diminishes them – and the award, says John Gill → Read More

More or less in balance

Countries worldwide are grappling with the challenge of expanding higher education with limited resources while maintaining quality → Read More

‘Wishful thinking’ won’t save British science from Brexit

A disastrous loss of goodwill during negotiations with Brussels may mean the days of Britain’s being a net beneficiary of EU research funding are over → Read More

Too tight a grip will choke successful institutions

Creeping political interference in universities, from the UK to Hungary and the US, is part of a worrying shift in attitudes towards higher education → Read More

Turn the tide of negativity with some show and tell

Institutions are feeling under attack; they need to counter their critics by showing proudly and publicly the immense good work they do → Read More

Do universities actually equip students with the tools for tomorrow?

Universities claim to bestow on graduates the key to open the door to any job: critical thinking. But even if they do, are employers interested? → Read More