Britain

Instructor describes unsettling meeting with graduate student

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Instructor describes unsettling attempts by a graduate student to pass a master's defense.

Head of Scottish university critiques idea of promoting "knowledge for its own sake"

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Leader of Scottish university sets off debate with his critique of traditional defense of the importance of knowledge.

British academics try to hide regional accents, study finds

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Academics who aren't from the right parts of the UK try to speak "posh," study finds.

British social scientists propose new approach for ethics review

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British scholars, like some of their American counterparts, want oversight that is distinct from that used for biomedical research.

When famous speakers on campus don't know why they are there

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British business schools want famous guest lecturers -- and some of them go off-script.

British universities spend big to prepare for increase in tuition rates

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British universities prepare for an increase in tuition rates.

Foreign universities consider how best to enter the MOOC market

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Non-American universities consider different options for entering the MOOC market, which to date has been dominated by elite U.S. institutions.

University in Scotland lets TV viewers in Ghana vote on a scholarship

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University in Scotland uses reality television to admit and provide a scholarship to a student from Ghana.

 

Noted academics launch defense of British academe

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Academic luminaries take a stand against idea that all research should have a direct economic payoff.

Report raises questions about quality of British Ph.D.s

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Report worries about narrowness of expertise of doctoral students.

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