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The deadline for companies in the UK with 250 emoloyees or more to report on the salaries paid to male and female staff was 4 April. Sara Custer is joined by reporter Rachael Pells who has been covering the topic of the gender wage gap for THE to discuss the data UK universities have reported. 

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President Trump signed a long-awaited spending bill promising $1.3 trillion to fund the federal government for the next year. Included in the bill were some pleasant surprises for higher education and research but is it too soon to ring the vicotry bell? Sara Custer speaks with THE's acting deputy news editor Ellie Bothwell and John Aubrey Douglass a senior reseach fellow for public policy and higher education at UC Berkeley about what the funding means for students and research agencies. 

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In this podcast, Tim Sowula, head of content and engagement for the World Summit Series, chats with Phil Baty, editorial director for global rankings and Ellie Bothwell, rankings editor, about the highlights of the summit as they wait for their plane home from Jeddah.

The Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit was held in Saudi Arabia at host instituion King Abdulaziz University 19-21 March. University leaders and stakeholders from around the world gathererd to discuss how to develop knowledge economies in order to build sustainable futures for countries in the region. THE's annual list of the best Arab universities in the world was also revealed during the event.  

 

 

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We reveal the results of the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018 and speak with the vice-chancellor of this year's winning university. We also speak with a student about her studies at a London-based instituion and discuss what trends we've observed in three year averages of almost a decade of Student Experience Survey data.

 

Sara Custer is joined by data editor Simon Baker and student editor Seeta Bhardwa.  

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In this issue review for 15-21 March 2018, the THE editorial team discusses a new study that predicts a massive increase in demand for higher education in England by 2030, and the funding headache this will create for the UK’s government, as well as the results of a survey on whether an academic sisterhood exists – or should exist – and whether it could redress male advantage. We also talk about how analysis of data underlying the latest ranking of most international universities shows how countries and institutions in Asia, Europe and North America are quite different in terms of the most open disciplines. 

And we hear about the challenges that South Africa’s new free tuition policy holds for the sector, according to the country’s former president Thabo Mbeki, now chancellor of the University of South Africa.

News editor Chris Havergal is joined by features editor Paul Jump, data editor Simon Baker and deputy news editor Ellie Bothwell. 

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To mark University Mental Health Day which is recognised across the UK on 1 March, student editor Seeta Bhardwa and reporter Sophie Inge join Sara Custer to talk about the state of mental health among students and academics and what's being done to meet the rising demand for pastoral care for both. 

Sara also speaks with Nicola Byrom, a lecturer in psychology at Kings College London, about the challenges in measuring mental wellness among university students and staff. 

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In this issue reveiw for 22-28 February, the THE editorial team discusses the results from our latest vice-chancellors' pay survey and asks are governing boards doing enough to police remuneration? We also talk about US universities that are playing the long game with national or global research ambitions set out over decades or even a century. And we hear about the unlikely addiiton to campus facilities at a university in England. 

Sara Custer is joined by features editor Paul Jump and reporters Rachael Pells and Matthew Reisz. 

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Another higher education review in the UK was announced on 19 February and billed by the government as a look into ways to bridge the class divide in post-18 education. But it's been received more as a political move to address unpopular tuition fees than an effort to expand education opportunities to students with poorer backgrounds. 

Sara Custer is joined by THE journalists Chris Havergal, Simon Baker and Jack Grove to discuss what the review will actually look at, potential outcomes and to fact check some of the statements that have been made by politicians in the days surrounding the announcement. 

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The 2018 Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit took place in Shenzhen, China, from 5-7 February, and was hosted in partnership with SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology).

Head of content and engagement for the World Summit Series Tim Sowula is joined by editorial director for global rankings Phil Baty and reporter Rachael Pells to summarise the discussions in Shenzhen which focused on advancements in artificial intelligence, Asia's competitive edge in global higher education and knoweldge transfer in emerging economies.

We also hear from attendees about their take aways from the three days.  

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Europe's push for an EU excellence initative, the future of history departments and highlights from the THE Asia Universities Summit. 

Sara Custer is joined by THE journalists Ellie Bothwell, Paul Jump and Rachael Pells. 

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