Weekly Digest 01/09/2022

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England is still searching for a trusted and independent body to take on the role of assessing quality in English higher education.


This year’s THE World University Rankings launch on 12 October.  Next year’s rankings will see some changes to the methodology. This blog by THE’s chief data officer, Duncan Ross, gives an early glimpse of what will be changing.

THE’s Reputation Rankings launch on 16 November. Based on the largest invite-only survey that measures the prestige of universities in the eyes of the world’s top academics, this year a record thirty-thousand scholars voted.


The UK’s Research Excellence Framework needs a “fundamental rethink” to reflect how research systems work, according to the outgoing executive chair of Research England, David Sweeney.

Student experience

A majority of UK students now say they would prefer a mix of on-site and online tuition, according to a major survey.


UCU general secretary Jo Grady has told THE she is confident the union will “far surpass” the necessary turnout of 50 per cent to secure a mandate for further industrial action.

International News

There are now cautious signs that China is beginning to open up to international students for the first time in more than two and half years, since coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan.  Times Higher Education’s (THE) Asia reporter Pola Lem has been assessing the current state-of-play.

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