This move to measure the impact of university research on society introduces many new challenges that were not previously relevant when evaluation focused solely on academic merit.
Research looking at evidence-based teaching in higher education tends to be based more on anecdotes than on large, robust and peer-reviewed data.
Many young academics and those who might be considering an academic career will be horrified by what's unfolding at South Africa's institution. Will bright minds be lost?
The decision to award former Prime Minister John Howard an honorary doctorate was criticised. So what are honorary titles - and why do we still have them?
Students feel they are not getting the support they need, despite research showing that the relationships students have with their lecturers can have a big influence over retention rates.
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Academics feel insecure, are overwhelmed by unmanageable workloads and burdened by bureaucracy. And things are only getting worse.
A row between South Africa's finance minister and the country's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations has prompted academics to pen an open letter asking President Jacob Zuma to intervene.
A few programs are leading the way to help support researchers in achieving impact.
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Brexit, and proposed changes to the way research is assessed, are making Britain uncompetitive in the global race for academic talent.
Australia produces thousands of PhD graduates every year but many will find it hard to secure a university career. So we should do more to help them consider a career outside of academia.
The sacking of Turkish education staff speaks to a broader agenda of control through removing educated dissident voices.
Financial incentives alone won’t increase research collaboration between universities and business. Academics say they need time, support and an environment encouraging of engagement.
Sexual harassment is a pernicious problem at universities. But not much is known in South Africa about students sexually harassing academics.
Government plans to introduce more flexibility could be destabilising for universities.
Closing the Office of Learning and Teaching removes Australia's national commitment to innovation and improved performance in learning and teaching.
Universities stand to benefit enormously if excellent teachers are celebrated and given the chance to share their skills, and if they have the power to really change their institutions.
Councils matter to the character and success of a university. But do their members truly represent staff and students?
Supervisors can significantly influence whether a PhD succeeds or fails. But their relationship style with PhD students can vary widely.