Britain

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

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.

U. of Cambridge turns to bonds, and some worry about the risk

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U. of Cambridge turns to bonds, an unusual approach in Britain, but some fear risks associated with the strategy.

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