Carola Long: Nice work if you can get it? Maybe not

Our notion of what constitutes a dream job is changing

Merrill tries to woo back staff

Andrea Orcel, the £30m-a-year head of investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, is set to play a reduced role in the running of the business in the wake of the retirement of Matthew Greenburgh, head of the firm's financial institutions group and the man dubbed Sir Fred Goodwin's banker.

UK and European shareholders lag behind US for activism

US shareholders are at least four times more active than those in Europe and the UK, according to new research. British investors are wary of hurting share prices with formal proposals to the board, Peter Cziraki a doctoral candidate from Tilburg University, Netherlands, told delegates to the European Centre for Corporate Control in Lile. US stockholders however are forced to use the process to influence board decisions and make their issues known.

Postgrad Queries: 'Can I do a part-time PhD? How do I become a speech therapist?'

Q. I want to beef up my CV with a postgraduate qualification, but can't afford to stop working. Is it possible to do a Masters or a PhD part-time?

Postgrad Lives: 'I've enjoyed teaching'

William Wise, 25, is about to finish a PhD in organic chemistry at Leicester University, having started an undergraduate degree course in chemistry at the same university seven years ago.

Tanya Gold: Lady Antonia's latest epic – 'I Love Me'

The historian's grip on reality is weaker at home

Jilted man admits decapitating fellow student

A former Virginia Tech graduate student pleaded guilty to decapitating a classmate, and prosecutors revealed the reason for the campus cafe killing, saying his romantic advances had been rejected.

David Prosser: Why Darling may not be able to deliver

Outlook There has quite rightly been a hullabaloo about Alistair Darling's refusal to explain how each government department will see its budget cut over the next four years as he tries to bring down the deficit. But the most pressing reason to question the credibility of the Chancellor's plans is not his lack of candour but his over-optimistic projections for economic growth. If these are not met, the deficit reduction plan has had it.

How a medieval philosophy don won her battle against Cambridge for failing to promote her

For the past 17 years Gill Evans has been a thorn in Cambridge University's side, making the lives of successive vice chancellors a misery and forcing the ancient university to change its ways. She has harried it through the courts, in the press and through the institution's democratic structures.

Who should pay for degrees?

The review of postgraduate education will look at thorny issues, including concentration.

Serena's story: How one student is demanding a better deal for postgraduates

Postgraduates are a critical part of university business, so it’s time they were given the same support as undergraduates.

Paternal grandmothers: good for girls, bad for boys

The importance of grandmothers in the lives of their grandchildren is underlined in a study published today.

Christina Patterson: Let's preserve the dotty, dying don

If I were rewriting Dante's Inferno, I'd ensure that the catalogue of punishments included a PhD. Perhaps for the bankers – the men in Armani, seeking instant fortunes from hot air – a seven-year sentence, in corduroys, in libraries, on semi-colons in Finnegans Wake. There'd be no Starbucks. No Blackberries. No shrieking or baying or bragging. Nothing except piles and piles of lit-crit, time stretching out to an invisible, distant horizon, and silence.

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