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What does it really mean to decolonise the curricula and pedagogy of higher education? Dr. Meera Sabaratnam, senior lecturer in international relations at SOAS University of London and chair of the decolonising SOAS working group joins the podcast to discuss what decolonising looks like in a UK context and how it goes well beyond just the content of a course.

Kaleke Kolawole, a graduate of the African studies master's programme at SOAS University of London and a facilitator for decolonising toolkits also joins to explain why this work should extend to secondary and primary education. 

And Myriam Kane, a member of Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action (GARA) and a former member of the National Union of Students' national executive council, gives a first-hand account of the 137-day student protest at Goldsmiths, University of London and why cultural competency training for all staff and annual funding specifically for black history events were among the protestors' demands. 

In a roundtable discussion hosted in partnership with TMP Worldwide, Times Higher Education editor John Gill sits down with talent recruitment professionals and UK university human resource directors to discuss competing globally to find the right candidates amid Brexit negotiations, Augar review recommendations and pay and pension disputes. Delegates also reflect on the challenges of progressing towards a diverse and equal workforce. 


Around the table are Robert Peasnell, managing director at TMP Worldwide; John Quirk, client partner at TMP Worldwide; Richard Billingham, executive director of HR and organisational development at Aston University; Kesar Kalim, director of HR at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Rob Butler, assistant director of human resources - employment services and information at Queen Mary University of London; Janis Westly, deputy directer of HR and head of HR operations at City University London; Polly Fryer commercial director for THE Hiring Solutions; and Nick Davis, strategic solutions director for THE Hiring Solutions. 

Times Higher Education's data editor Simon Baker joined Sara Custer to discuss THE's recent data-led stories: China's ascent to a global research super power, the drop in humanities PhD graduates over decades and the recent deficits reported by a quarter of English universities. 


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Data scientists at Times Higher Education are busy analysing thousands of data points evidencing how universities are contributing to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. 


The result will be THE’s Inaugural University Impact Rankings that will launch on 3 April at the Innovation and Impact Summit at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. 


Duncan Ross, THE’s chief data officer, Phil Bay, THE’s chief knowledge officer and Tim Sowula, head of content and engagement for the World Summit Series join Sara Custer to talk about the methodology behind the rankings and the ambition that inspired this project. 

Before digital literacy can become the fourth pillar of education – alongside reading, writing and 'rithmetic – educators must first agree on what being digitally literate actually looks like and where the gaps in understanding lie. And what about digital media platforms themselves – should they be involved in this instruction? 


Sara Custer speaks with Jo Coldwell-Neilson, associate dean of teaching and learning at Deakin University, who argues that nobody is actually a digital native, and Joel Breakstone, director of the Stanford History Education Group, who says that the approach to teaching digital literacy needs to be updated, but there are reasons to be optimistic. 

It's often said that Australia "punches above its weight" when it comes to internationalisation and research volume and impact. But could recent funding cuts take the wind out of its sails? 

THE's Asia Pacific editor John Ross talks to digital editor Sara Custer about the funding landscape, international researchers and a special nudge for the higher education sector from Australian of the Year and physicist, Michelle Simmons. 

Ana Deletic, pro vice-chancellor for research at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, joins later to discuss research for the public good, open access and if the academy stymies blue skies thinking. 

THE will host the Research Excellence Summit: Asia-Pacific at UNSW, Sydney 19-21 February. 


The next three Times Higher Education World Academic Summits will be held in partnership with ETH Zurich, the University of Toronto and New York University. Here we speak with the leaders of these institutions –the former head of ETH Zurich, Lino Guzzella; Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto, and Andy Hamilton president of NYU –  about talent in the 21st century, how a university's place is more important than ever and how to rethink the trajectory of students and institutions. 

Sara Custer is joined by Phil Baty, THE's chief knowledge officer and Tim Sowula, head of content and engagement for the World Summit Series. 

For more information about the next three years of World Academic Summits, visit https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-academic-summit-hosts-confirmed-until-2021



Sara Custer speaks with Hassan Al-Derham president of the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Summit 2019 partner institution Qatar University about the upcoming event, the effect of the Gulf countries' blockade on the university, press freedom and the future of branch campuses. 


For more information about the summit visit: http://www.theworldsummitseries.com/events/the-emerging-economies-summit-2019/event-summary-df9ad7a68fb343789ee5f1783cc1d6fa.aspx

This special edition of the Times Higher Education podcast features a live discussion of the UK's most provocative higher education headlines, some future gazing and what our panelists would do if they were minister for a day. 


Sara Custer is joined by Mary Curnock Cook, former-CEO of UCAS; Pamela Gillies, principal/vice-chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University; Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute; and Chloe Tear, a third year student at Leeds Trinity University and a disability activist. 

Sara Custer is joined by Simon Baker, THE's data editor, to discuss the figures showing an increase over the decades of top marks across the globe, except for in Australia. Meanwhile, Russia's 5-100 Project has just two years before its deadline to have five universities in the top 100 of global rankings. Is it on track? 


Read more: 

Grade inflation

Student marks raised weeks after league table concerns email

Is grade inflation a worldwide trend?

Grade inflation: how certain subjects fuel rise in firsts


5-100 Project

Is Russia's 5-100 Project working? 



Third of top US professors got PhD at five universities




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