Academics

Refugee crisis: British universities should create scholarships and bursaries for students fleeing violence, say academics

Every university in Britain is being urged to play its part in tackling the migrant crisis by helping make it easier for refugees and asylum-seekers to access higher education.












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Stephen Hawking fears talented academics with serious medical conditions may not receive the support he enjoyed due to lack of funding

Stephen Hawking fears that talented academics with serious medical conditions like his own would no longer receive the support they need to flourish due to a lack of funding.










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Raif Badawi Exclusive: Nobel Laureates urge Saudi academics to condemn flogging of writer jailed for daring to criticise clerics

The international outcry over  restrictions on freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia escalated last night as an array of Nobel prizewinners published an open letter calling on the country’s academics to condemn the public flogging of the blogger Raif Badawi.









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Scottish referendum results: Majority of Scottish academics relieved at result

The majority of Scottish academics will have greeted the “no” vote in the Scottish referendum with a sigh of relief.









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Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country’s best scientists

Scottish universities could face a brain drain of some of their finest scientists if the country votes for independence, a number of leading academics fear.









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Academics back industrial action

Academics at a London university vote in favour of industrial action in a dispute over job losses.
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Universities are ‘not just for getting a job,’ says one of Britain’s leading academics

Britain’s leading university official has dismissed the idea that going to university is all about getting a well-paid job.









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Academics warn over child protection

A group of academics say they have serious concerns at proposals to allow private contractors to take over some child protection services in England.
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Grant will fund new Stephen Hawking professorship at Cambridge University – but academics fear culture of ‘greed and vanity’ as post will carry a bonus of up to £67,000 a year

Accepting a multimillion- pound grant to create a professorship in honour of Stephen Hawking would seem an easy decision. Yet some of the finest minds in Britain have become embroiled in an unseemly spat over whether it is fair to allow one Cambridge University academic to be paid more than colleagues – amid concerns that the others could be consumed by “greed and vanity”.


    








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Professors’ pay dispute with British universities escalates – as academics threaten to stop marking students’ final exams

Thousands of students will find their lectures and tutorials abandoned in a major escalation of the university lecturers’ strike over pay set to start next week.


    








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