When paperwork, forms and bureaucracy start to dominate, universities suffer.
It's crucial to ensure that the academic project at universities is vigorously and bravely safeguarded.
Reconstruction of a Permian swamp.
Plants, in their fossil forms, can reveal a great deal about past environments and climates.
Work hard, read your books, and university will be a breeze…or will it?
Social class plays a huge role in people's experiences of accessing and succeeding in higher education.
Informal Head Porters carry take their babies with them in Accra’s Kantamanto Market, in Ghana.
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Adequate and quality childcare determines women’s participation in the labour force and the type of work they can take on.
South African finance minister Malusi Gigaba could have done better in his 2018 budget speech.
South Africa's 2018 budget does not go far enough. Perhaps finance minister, Malusi Gigaba was caught up in the euphoria of the widely welcomed state of the nation address by Cyril Ramaphosa.
There are many benefits to walking - whether you do it in a group or on your own.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa.
South Africa must be seen as a country for speakers of all its official languages rather than an English-only elite.
Morgan Tsvangirai built the Movement for Democratic Change into a formidable party and credible contender for power at its height.
Despite spirited efforts to douse the flames of infighting within the MDC-T, matters came to a head at a recent rally in Chitungwiza.
Water researchers (like Dr Mary Lundeba and Esther Lee, pictured here at work in Zambia) need more support.
African governments must focus on developing and supporting highly-skilled water professionals.
The Melbourne skyline. Water saving habits adopted during a prolonged drought that ended in 2009 are still followed.
The experiences of other countries can provide valuable lessons for Cape Town on how to better cope with its water crisis.
Steinhoff’s former CEO, Markus Jooste, is partly blamed for the corporate scandal that threatens to collapse the company.
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Gaps in the two tier board structure which is favoured in Europe may be partly responsible for the Steinhoff corporate scandal.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa celebrates the party’s 106th anniversary with its deputy general secretary Jesse Duarte and president of South Africa Jacob Zuma.
Cyril Ramaphosa seems to be on the way to uniting a fractious ANC. But he's got a rough road to travel before he can claim any victories.
New ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa shortly after hearing he’d been elected to the top job.
Brought to its knees by the recklessness of the Zuma presidency, the South African economy needs a new deal. The ANC's new leader Cyril Ramaphosa needs to act quickly if he's going to make his mark.
New ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa moments before winning.
Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to emphasise stability - in government and the ANC. Given his history he is likely to want to stabilise the economy rather than pursue radical interventions.
Vladimir Lenin and Nadezhda Krupskaya.
Russian revolutionary Nadezhda Krupskaya, like other leading women in the new Stalin-led state, was marginalised. But in her case, because she was Lenin's widow.
Predatory publishers are vultures feeding on academics’ worries about output and incentives.
If there's a general sense that academic publication is about knowledge dissemination rather than meeting performance targets, academics and universities become less vulnerable to predatory journals.
South Africa's finance minister Malusi Gigaba failed to impress when presenting the eagerly awaited 2017 medium term budget.
Red carnations are laid on the Berlin tomb of German communist leader Rosa Luxemburg during a ceremony to commemorate her death.
If Rosa Luxemburg and her comrades had been successful with their German revolution in 1919, history would most probably have taken a very different course, avoiding the rise of fascism in Europe.
When women are remembered as part of the Communist or any other political tradition it's often as an afterthought, or as part of the support system of the revolution.
A man sells bottled water in Lagos Nigeria, a country with abundant water resources but little to drink.
Nigeria is rich in water resources. but poor management has led to water scarcity in the country.