Annual immigration cap comes into force

Firms should look to hire unemployed Britons as the Government's annual immigration cap for workers from outside the EU comes into force today, Immigration Minister Damian Green said.

Harry Coover

Why teachers need to carry on learning

Excellence in the classroom requires the very best training. So why has funding for the master's in teaching been cut?

Philip Hensher: A portrait of us as we see ourselves– that is the true value of the census

After two centuries, its matchless historical value is thoroughly established

German minister renounces PhD after accusations of plagiarism

Germany's popular conservative defence minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has been forced to publicly renounce his title as a doctor of law amid mounting allegations that he plagiarised vast sections of his university thesis.

Lives Remembered: Michael Green

Michael Green, who collapsed and died suddenly at his home in Birmingham on 14 December, was an academic who helped to establish the discipline of cultural studies at the pioneering Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies. His death shocked and deeply saddened the many who knew and respected him, both friends and colleagues, as well as his close family. He was in his mid-60s.

Errors & Omissions: Put the brakes on these instances of careless spelling

A business story last Saturday reported on good financial results at the Triumph motorcycle company: "This was driven by 'strong' sales of motorbike parts, clothing and accessories such as automatic breaking systems, said a spokeswoman."

Stornoway, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

"As we're at Shepherd's Bush Empire, I thought it would be appropriate to tell you a story about sheep," says Brian Briggs, nervously, in the Oxford indie-folk quartet's signature style of banter. Stornoway's frontman rambles about a study on making lamb fat into fuel, which leads the lads into "Fuel Up" and gets a big laugh.

A prize-winning American poet is challenging the way international students are treated

When Dante Micheaux, the award-winning American poet, rocked up in London last year at the age of 29 to undertake his PhD at UCL, he was shocked to discover how postgraduate and overseas students were treated. He had come from a Masters at New York University, which, like UCL, is a large, well-regarded university in a teeming multicultural city that markets itself as a global institution. He expected to find a lot of similarities. And, indeed, there are similarities. Both universities were founded at about the same time, NYU in 1831 and UCL in 1826. Both have large numbers of Nobel prize-winners as staff or former staff, and both do well in the Shanghai international league table of universities. NYU comes in at number 31 and UCL has a ranking of 21. But what bothered Micheaux was the relative neglect of postgraduates in the London institution.

The American Dream: why British students are heading to the New World

Clare Barlow, 30, has just finished a PhD at King’s College London. Collaborating with the National Portrait Gallery, she worked on an exhibition about 18th-century women writers

Self-styled guru 'sexually assaulted woman'

A self-styled guru accused of being a serial rapist sexually assaulted a woman who had come to him for help, a court heard today.

How a PhD in technical textiles has proved really rewarding

Karthick Kanchi Govarthanam, 29, is in the final year of a PhD in technical textiles at the University of Bolton, where he’s been part of a team developing a flexible material that protects against knife slash wounds

Web science prepares people for jobs of the future

Postgraduate degrees in web science are the first of their kind in the country

The alternative way to get a PhD

Qualifying at the highest level was not without pitfalls
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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

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