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Rachael Pells

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Past articles by Rachael:

Why Ipswich deserves its place on TripAdvisor’s emerging destinations list

Call off the ski season and cancel Marbs because the algorithms have finally lost the plot: Ipswich, county capital of Suffolk, has been crowned king of destinations for 2020. → Read More

Want to get women to ask more questions at events? Talk about it

Study backs up earlier findings that women are less likely to ask questions at conferences, even when they are in majority – but that raising awareness of the issue can have a big impact → Read More

Paper rejected after plagiarism detector stumped by references

Editors say episode demonstrates need for humans to review work of software → Read More

V-cs welcome QR funding signal but fear Westminster instability

Sector leaders question why it has taken so long to address long-running decline in value of quality-related research funding → Read More

REF: 15% of academics in survey ‘made to change research focus’

Nearly one in five respondents to four-campus study said they feared role change if they underperformed → Read More

UK campus will teach China to open education to world, says dean

Wen Hai, head of Peking University HSBC Business School’s Oxford outpost, says venture will help foster collaboration between Britain and China → Read More

Latin America University Rankings 2019: southern exposures

Despite the turmoil racking Venezuela and Brazil, there are bright spots in Latin America’s higher education landscape. Rachael Pells reports → Read More

Mexico forced to loosen researcher travel restrictions

Federally funded academics would have been required to seek president’s authorisation to go abroad → Read More

Plan U: funders urged to mandate immediate preprint publication

Shifting towards open access journals will only achieve so much when review and editing processes take so long, scientists say → Read More

Sector leaders fear arts ‘disaster’ if fee cut means funding cut

Peers hear debate about whether English universities might become more reliant on international students if fee cut recommended by Augar review is implemented without replacement funding → Read More

Journal transparency rules to help scholars pick where to publish

Next step of Plan S will require publishers to release acceptance rates and review times → Read More

Open access: Plan S launch delayed until 2021

Consultation responses had called for start of mandate to be pushed back from January 2020 → Read More

Research intelligence: how to get more from academic conferences

Be kind, be constructive and go easy on the free booze, conference veterans advise new and returning attendees → Read More

Middlesex’s Tim Blackman appointed Open University v-c

Former OU pro vice-chancellor returns to take top job at troubled institution → Read More

Reviewers change their mind after hearing from ‘peers’

Harvard experiment finds nearly half of academics amended their assessment of a research application after seeing randomly generated ‘expert scores’ → Read More

How can universities reduce their gender pay gaps?

Experts debate merits of approaches including across-the-board rises for women and the longer, harder challenge of changing cultures → Read More

Global database aims to improve visibility of female scientists

Request a Woman Scientist holds the details of more than 8,000 experts, but journalists and event organisers are still relying on old sources who are male and pale, group leader warns → Read More

UK universities lose grants and staff as Brexit uncertainty grows

Leading academics express doubt about UK government’s ability to underwrite large EU funding packages → Read More

Universitas 21: UK sector leads world on pound-for-pound basis

UK universities return to top of ranking after two-year absence, boasting productivity levels above the expected level of achievement → Read More

University-powered fact-checker aims to restore faith in science

Online platform boasting 11,500 academic experts answering public questions seeks backing for global expansion → Read More