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What could be the next cutting edge research field? Why are so many UK universities struggling to make progress on closing the gender gap? And what awaits delegates at this year's THE Innovation and Impact Summit in Hong Kong next week? All these topics and more are discussed in this week's THE issue review podcast.

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The results of the 2017 Times Higher Education HE Pay Survey - showing declining salaries and a persisting gender pay gap - are discussed in this week's THE podcast.  

We also reveal the most stressful place to be an academic and hear about the highlights of the latest THE Books section. Chris Parr is joined by data editor Simon Baker, books editor Matthew Reisz, and reporter Jack Grove. 

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Visa crackdowns in the US and Australia, what it's like to be one of a few Trump-voting professors in a US university, and research at a military hospital in Afghanistan are all discussed in this week's THE issue review, recorded in Red Lion Square, London.

Chris Parr is joined by editor, John Gill, and reporters, Ellie Bothwell and John Elmes.

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The funding of exciting, imaginative, unpredictable research, the snap general election in the UK, and this week's THE Books section are all discussed in the weekly issue review podcast.

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Join THE editor John Gill, rankings editor Phil Baty, and summit content head Tim Sowula on a minibus in Brisbane as they head home from the 2017 Young Universities Summit, which was held at Queensland University of Technology.

We also hear from Alison Lloyd, director of institutional research and planning at Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Er Meng Hwa, vice-president (international affairs) at Nanyang Technological University; Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College; Peter Coaldrake, vice-chancellor of Queensland University of Technology; Ihron Rensburg, vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg; and Fernando León–García, president of CETYS University.

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Are UK university staff happy with the way their institution is run? Should there be more scrutiny over for-profit university ownership? And which are the best universities in Japan for equipping students with the skills needed in the 21st century?

These questions, along with a taster of our Young Universities Summit, are all discussed in the latest THE issue review podcast

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The results of the 2017 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings discussed by digital editor Chris Parr, rankings reporter Ellie Bothwell, and rankings editor Phil Baty.

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The 2017 Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit takes place at the University of Ulsan in South Korea from 14-16 March. Chris Parr is joined by rankings editor Phil baty, reporter Ellie Bothwell, deputy news editor John Morgan, and head of summit content Tim Sowula to discuss this prestigious event. 

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If academics flee the UK and the US following Brexit and Trump, where will they go? Are universities sufficiently politically diverse? And how can we encourage more underrepresented groups into post-graduate study?

These questions are all discussed in the latest THE issue review podcast. 

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The future of modern foreign languages, an ethnographer of the Mafia, and this week's Books section are all discussed in this THE issue review podcast.

Chris Parr is joined by books editor Karen Shook, and writers Matthew Reisz and John Elmes. 

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