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British progress in U-Multirank university ranking

Just as Great Britain is heading for the Brexit door from the European Union, a breakthrough of sorts has resolved one of the weaknesses of the European Commission backed U-Multirank world university comparative rankings. For the number of UK higher education institutions listed in the recently published 2017 U-Multirank has rocketed from 48 last year […]

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Time to end the bowel cancer screening lottery

April is an important month for both me and those campaigning to lower the bowel cancer screening age. For it is bowel cancer awareness month and this year the charity Beating Bowel Cancer is asking supporters to write to MPs to end the UK bowel cancer lottery, which sees the bowel cancer screening age start […]

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What Brexit means for European universities

Britain is not be not leaving Europe but it has just started divorce proceedings from the European Union. Here I explore some of the implications for European higher education. British and European higher education and research leaders are watching nervously as developments unfold following the start of the official process of the UK leaving the […]

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Can UK universities remain European after Brexit?

Are there lessons for Brexit Britain to learn from Switzerland’s threatened exclusion from the European Union’s collaborative programmes for mobility and research, such as Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020, after a referendum vote to restrict immigration? ERASMUS is arguably one of the European Union’s biggest success stories in demonstrating the value of the European project. […]

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Moving from being cancer sufferer to survivor

It is now a year since my six months of post-operation chemotherapy finally drew to a close and I moved from fighting bowel cancer medically to dealing with the after-effects mentally. So many medical procedures took place during my first year fighting cancer – 2015 – that it came as both a shock and pleasant […]

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The year transnational education came of age

2016 certainly feels like the year transnational higher education really came of an age. Everywhere you turn you’ll find a conference or webinar looking at the attractions of exporting one’s education services across the globe or delving into specifics, such as quality control and other challenges associated with universities offering their wares overseas. With internationally […]

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Helping cancer patients through the dark patches

More and more people are surviving cancer, but as I mentioned in my last blog ‘You are not alone: life after cancer’ that can just mean another chapter opening – and in this ‘Cancer-Talk’ I want to shine the spotlight on my local Holistic Centre and how it has helped get me through some dark […]

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Call for EU action against Turkish crackdown on academic freedom

The European Union (EU) should step up its opposition to the crackdown on academic freedom in Turkey following the failed coup in the country, say nine rectors from leading Norwegian universities. The forced resignation of 1,577 university deans and 15,200 academic staff by the Turkish authorities has already been strongly condemned by the European University Association […]

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You are not alone: life after cancer

Coping with life after cancer can be tougher than you’d think. But you no longer have to face it alone. For the medical world now realises that many people often struggle to cope with the emotional fallout of cancer, whether months or years after treatment has ended. It used to be assumed that the end […]

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European universities urged to stick together after Brexit

IN the spirit of Monty Python who recommended “always look on the bright side” of life, I’m hoping UK higher education remains internationally engaged and continues promoting borderless research and mobility following the Brexit referendum. Thankfully, despite the vote, we still have friends in Europe. One is Christine Legrand, president of the European universities’ communication network, EUPRIO, who issued […]

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