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Girls will see a path for themselves if we show how engineering makes a difference

When people ask what it’s like to be a woman in this sector, I long for the time we stop boxing people into stereotypesIf there was a single key to levelling the gender imbalance in engineering and technology careers, we’d have cracked it by now. Plent…

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London academics criticise ‘oppressive’ treatment of student protesters

University of London staff speak out against security guards’ ‘heavy-handed’ tacticsAcademics have condemned the “oppressive” treatment of student protesters after the university hired private security staff who forcibly evicted a group that were peace…

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Free speech isn’t under threat. It just suits bigots and boors to suggest so | Martha Gill

Jordan Peterson’s Thinkspot website is the latest attempt to fight ‘censorship’. But are western societies really afraid of open debate?You can’t say anything these days. Free speech is a thing of the past. Young people today can’t cope with reality an…

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Ethics fly out of the window at Oxford University when big donors come calling | Catherine Bennett

For £150m, can anyone buy naming rights at a great academic institution?What do we know about Stephen Schwarzman, the US financier whose name, following his £150m donation to the University of Oxford, is destined to become synonymous – as the Schwarzma…

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Alice Oswald elected Oxford professor of poetry by huge margin

Oswald will be the first woman to serve in the role, established three centuries agoAlice Oswald has won the race to be Oxford’s latest professor of poetry. She will be the first woman to serve in the position, established more than 300 years ago.Celeb…

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Trinity College could face boycott over pension scheme pullout

Fellows at Cambridge college to vote on whether to overturn withdrawal decisionCambridge University’s wealthiest college is facing a crucial vote that could keep it on a collision course with academics and unions over its decision to abandon the nation…

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Vice-chancellors still attend pay meetings despite outcry

University and College Union found only nine institutions allowed VCs to voteUniversities have stopped vice-chancellors from voting on the committees that set their pay following last year’s outcry over rising salaries but many university leaders have …

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Female academics are too scarce. So we’re banning job applications from men | Frank Baaijens

At Eindhoven University we’ve tried many ways to take on more female engineers, to no avail. Time for drastic measuresEngineering has a huge impact on society. To responsibly advance science and technology, a university should be a balanced reflection …

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Cambridge slips to lowest-ever place in world university table

UK’s downward trend continues as two-thirds of its ranked universities tumbleBrexit and the financial squeeze affecting universities appear to be taking a toll on Britain’s universities, with many seeing their rankings in international league tables tu…

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Oxford to receive biggest single donation ‘since the Renaissance’

US billionaire Stephen Schwarzman is donating £150m to fund humanities researchThe University of Oxford has said it is to receive its biggest single direct donation “since the Renaissance”, after it unveiled a £150m gift from the US billionaire Stephen…