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Even now, political leaders are advocating wholly orthodox approaches to managing deficits and currency volatility

'I want to see the decomposing corpse,' says bureau chief

Iain Overton wants more than a whiff of scandal for his new investigative bureau.

University told to pay back £36.5m

London Metropolitan University will begin paying back the £36.5m it falsely claimed for students who were ineligible for funding, its newly appointed vice-chancellor has revealed in an interview with The Independent.

London Met gets a radical rethink

Malcolm Gillies has a tough job rescuing an ailing university in serious financial trouble. Lucy Hodges talks to him about his plans

10% pay hike for university vice-chancellors

University vice-chancellors saw their pay and benefits boosted by 10.6% last year, it was revealed today.

The rise of homes on high

A stunning 36-storey tower is just one of the new developments transforming the capital's skyline. Gwenda Brophy reports

Flight of McCall unsettles future for Rusbridger and the 'Guardian'

Matthew Bell takes soundings in exclusive interviews with the paper's editor and outgoing chief exec

Is the Guardian beating its head against a paywall?

The departure of Guardian Media Group's chief executive could isolate the editor of its flagship title and his digital strategy, says Tim Luckhurst

Guardian Media Group begins tough search for new chief exec

Timing of Carolyn McCall's departure worries staff at loss-making newspapers

Rosie Waterhouse: Universities must take action on Muslim extremism

One cold lunchtime at City University London, 100 male Muslim students were praying in rows on the ground. Above on a balcony, a dozen female Muslim students, dressed in black and wearing the niqab – a veil covering their face apart from their eyes – handed out leaflets. These said they were demonstrating because the university had allocated a "multi-faith" space as their new prayer room. "It is impermissible for Muslims to offer prayers in a place where other than our Lord, Allah, is worshipped", it said.

'Spectator' editor vows not to soil his hands with politics

In his first interview, Fraser Nelson tells Matthew Bell his Tory weekly is also a journal of arts and manners

Nursing: Wanted – teamwork and precision and an attention to detail

Life and death decisions in the operating theatre are a long way from the car production line, but Spencer Hampton has found some of the same skills are important.

Rosie Waterhouse: Save us from the tyranny of student surveys

Over the next three months, final-year undergraduates at British universities will be encouraged to take part in the National Student Survey commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council. The NSS is just one of an ever-increasing number of surveys and forums by which students are invited to give "feedback" on their university experience.

City University launches London's first MA in financial journalism

To sharpen up financial journalism, City University is introducing an MA devoted to the subject. It should fill a serious gap

Begin the new year on a positive note by enrolling in January or February

There are many reasons for beginning a university course in the new year, such as deciding to stay in education too late to apply through UCAS or seeking a fresh start after redundancy.

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