Kemi Badenoch, Nigerian professor’s daughter becomes Britain’s chief ‘sales woman’

By Opeyemi Babalola Olukemi Badenoch, a daughter of Feyi Adegoke, a professor of Physiology, has been appointed into the British parliament, shortly after the emergence of new United Kingdom Prime Minister, Liz Truss. She was announced as the new Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.  Her appointment was confirmed on the verified Twitter page for the office of the UK Prime Minister based at 10 Downing Street. In her acceptance speech posted on her Twitter handle, she promised to commence the process that…

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Cambridge University fresher who went back home to Ukraine to join the fight against Putin’s invasion reveals he will study and take exams remotely

A Cambridge University fresher who joined the Ukraine army has said he will study and even take exams remotely while serving in the war-torn country. Nikolai Nizalov, 19, recently drove to his home country to work mainly as a medic The natural sciences undergrad played a varsity water polo match against Oxford University days before heading to Ukraine to receive his rifle  He had vowed to stay in Ukraine ‘until we win’ as the war with Putin drags on From Daily Mail Cambridge University fresher who joined the Ukraine army says he will…

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‘No future for us left in Russia,’ say fleeing academics

Just weeks into Russia’s war on Ukraine, academics are leaving the country, in what could be the beginning of a new brain drain From Times Higher Education. Source: iStock Russian academics who have fled the country in recent weeks say there’s no future left for them there, amid a clampdown on free speech and severing of international ties. Three scholars who spoke to Times Higher Education after fleeing their home country in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine could be the tip of a new brain drain, with Western sanctions also…

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International Women’s Day: top universities led by women

Only 43 of the top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings are run by women ​It is striking that still only a few of the world’s top universities are led by women.  In fact, analysis of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 reveals that just 43 of the top 200 institutions are currently led by women. What is promising is that this is an increase from the 41 universities led by women last year and now amounts to a fifth of the top 200 universities in the world.  The current number…

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How to start an academic YouTube channel: tips from a psychology YouTuber

YouTube is a wide-open opportunity for university teachers and researchers to share their knowledge with a wider audience, says Dennis Relojo-Howell. From Times Higher Education Newsletter Way back in 2005, I was in my third year at university in the Philippines. That was also the year that Brooke Allison Brodack didn’t know where to host her home-made videos online. After scouring the internet for a suitable platform, she settled on YouTube. Brodack, better known as Brookers, became famous for her short videos posted during YouTube’s early years. Right now, Brodack and…

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The 10 best global universities of 2022, according to U.S. News and World Report

Havard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. joe daniel price | Moment | Getty Images On Tuesday, U.S. News & World Report released its eighth annual ranking of the best global universities around the world.  The 2022 ranking assesses 1,750 institutions from more than 90 countries across 13 different metrics, including research reputation, faculty publications and international collaboration.  “These rankings stand out from our other education rankings due to their emphasis on academic research,” says Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News in a statement. “The Best Global Universities feature an overall ranking…

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Happiness course ‘protected’ student well-being during pandemic

Running Bristol programme online still helped with student well-being compared with control group, study suggests  From Times Higher Education Source: iStock Running a university course on positive psychology during the pandemic appeared to have a “protective effect” on first-year students’ mental well-being, even though it was run online. Researchers at the University of Bristol compared the well-being of undergraduates who took the institution’s “Science of Happiness” course remotely with a control group of students who were due to take the course later in the year. They found that while those in the control…

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University of Stirling lecturer appointed to review academic standard of teaching in UK

By Moyosore Salami A University of Stirling lecturer has been appointed to review the academic standard of economics degrees throughout the UK.  Dr Paul Cowell, an economics lecturer at the University of Stirling Management School(SMS),  has been selected to sit on the economics advisory group for QAA – the independent body that monitors and advises on standards and quality in UK higher education. Dr Cowell, who is co-director of the SMS undergraduate economics programme said: “I’m honoured to have been appointed as a member of the QAA Advisory Group for economics. I…

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Ten more universities face strikes after UCU reballots

Further walkouts expected in disputes over pay, pensions and working conditions Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Eleanor Bentall A further 10 UK universities could face strike action in disputes over pay and pensions after a fresh round of ballots conducted by the University and College Union. The results mean that 68 institutions are expected to face walkouts this term, after staff at 58 campuses spent three days on the picket lines last month. In total, the UCU conducted fresh ballots at 42 branches that got more than 40 per cent turnout in…

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European recruitment down 90 per cent at some UK universities

Continental students disappearing as post-Brexit funding rules kick in Culled from Times Higher Education/January 27, 2022 Some UK universities have seen a complete collapse of undergraduate recruitment from the European Union, according to the first set of detailed data from admissions body Ucas. Acceptances of EU students have fallen by more than two-thirds at dozens of institutions, while a few have experienced drops approaching 100 per cent of their recruitment in 2020. Many universities appear to have mitigated the potential impact by boosting acceptances of UK undergraduates, but a number have seen falls here, too. Combined UK and EU acceptances fell…

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