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Democrats won back 34 seats in the House of Representatives and won control of seven more state governorships. But, will Democrats be able to overcome partisan gridlock on key HE issues? And is it time for scientists to take up arms and join the political battle to protect truth? 

THE's North America editor Paul Basken joins Sara Custer to talk about what impact the Democratic victories in the midterms will have on universities. Plus, Harvard scientist-turned-candidate, Eric Feigl-Ding, talks about his run in the Pennsylvania congressional race. 

 

See more of THE's coverage of the US midterms:

US midterms: the academics who tried to switch to politics 

US midterms: House win gives democrats critical leverage on HE

 

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Universities have historically been rooted in a place, but what does that symbiotic relationship with the local community look like for modern institutions? 

Sara Custer is joined by John Morgan, THE's deputy news editor and John Goddard, founding director of the Centre for Urban & Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University. 

 

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The mysteriously named Plan S, Science Europe’s massive endeavour to make all publicly funded research available on open access platforms by 2020, has been met with overwhelming acceptance by higher education and research bodies. However, learned societies and open access advocates say it could be doing more harm than good.

Sara Custer is joined by THE reporter Rachael Pells and speaks with Lynn Kamerlin, professor of structural biology at Uppsala University. 

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Times Higher Education's data editor Simon Baker joins Sara Custer to talk about stories he's worked on recently using data sets from around the HE world, including figures from THE's own 2019 World University Rankings. 

 

The stories mentioned in the podcast are: 

Should the research elite collaborate more with poor countries?  https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/should-research-elite-collaborate-more-poor-countries

Which countries’ HE systems are globalising quickest? https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/which-countries-he-systems-are-globalising-quickest

Postgraduate earnings premium ‘varies hugely across OECD’ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/postgraduate-earnings-premium-varies-hugely-across-oecd

Is higher education an out-of-control, money-making juggernaut? https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/higher-education-out-control-money-making-juggernaut

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The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released an urgent call to keep global warming below 1.5℃. As higher education becomes more globalised, how can universities ensure that internationalisation doesn’t contribute to rising global temperatures? And should environmental sustainability studies be part of the general curriculum? 

Sara Custer speaks with Marianne Mensah, international executive director at Université Côte d’Azur and Ailsa Lamont founder of Pomegranate Global.  

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The World Academic Summit hosted by the National University of Singapore brought together more than 500 university and industry leaders to discuss the transformative power research can have in advancing knowledge, driving economic growth and building nations. 

Sara Custer is joined by THE's chief knowledge officer Phil Baty and editor John Gill to discuss the highlights. Eng Chye Tan, president of NUS, Mamokgethi Phakeng, vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town and Jenny Dixon, deputy vice-chancellor strategic engagement at the University of Aukland also give comments. 

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In case you haven't heard, every year we rank 1,000 research-intensive universities from around the world based on their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Such rich data means we can identify shifts in the performance of universities and benchmark excellence in global higher education. 

Sara Custer is joined by THE's chief knowledge officer Phil Baty and rankings editor Ellie Bothwell to discuss the trends in this year's rankings and reveal the top 10 institutions on our list. 

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Does a small campus always create a greater sense of community? Do lower faculty to student ratios mean teaching is better? We discuss the results of our annual survey of 200,000 current college students across the US and the top performers in the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Rankings. 

Sara Custer is joined by rankings editor Ellie Bothwell and student content editor Seeta Bhardwa.  

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Results from a major higher education funding review, a potential overahaul of student visas and a closer look at the university pensions scheme are all on the docket for autumn. 

Sara Custer speaks with deputy news editor John Morgan about the significant statements universities minister Sam Gyimah made at the Universities UK annual conference and what the next few months have in store for the sector. 

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Universities are competing to attract and retain globally mobile talent. What are the strategic challenges to stand out from the crowd? How much does work culture affect academics' career decisions? And do English speaking countries have an advantage when vying for star researchers?

Phil Baty chairs this live podcast from the Times Higher Education Research Excellence Summit Eurasia at Kazan Federal University. He’s joined by Steven Duggen, director of education partnerships at the Microsoft Corporation and a member of the governing board of the Unesco Institute for Information Technologies in Education; Anamika Srivastava assistant director at the Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws at O.P. Jindal Global University; and Airat Khasianov director of the Higher School of Information Technologies and Intelligent Systems at Kazan Federal university.

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