Higher education

Karl Marx was right – abolishing student fees would be unfair

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The burden of student debt may feel cruel, says Hettie O’Brien, but Karl Marx was right – scrapping tuition fees would be even more unfair

It’s time for the best British universities to declare independence from the government

16 September 2017 9:00 am

They must have the courage to declare themselves independent

A degree course should last a year – after that, let them pay

17 June 2017 9:00 am

In every respect bar one, those bloody Corbyn-supporting students have a much tougher time of it than I did, what…

For a real Oxbridge education, you now have to go to Durham

25 March 2017 9:00 am

‘Should I just have done with it and tell them they’re a bunch of tossers?’ I was on my way…

Why we need more universities

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1961, shortly after getting a job as a lecturer at Cambridge, my father had an idea. The faculty buildings,…

Why are all this year's British Nobel winners in America?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, this year’s Nobel Prize awards have been a triumph for British scientists. No fewer than…

British universities are whipping up a mad boom that’s bound to go bust

14 May 2016 9:00 am

British higher education is in a boom that’s bound to go bust

What Scottish professors have to fear from Nicola Sturgeon’s power grab

17 October 2015 8:00 am

What Scotland’s professors have to fear from the SNP’s latest bright idea

Edmund de Waal’s diary: Selling nothing, and why writers need ping-pong

10 October 2015 9:00 am

On the top landing of the Royal Academy is the Sackler Sculpture Corridor, a long stony shelf of torsos of…

Sorry, but I can’t join in the China panic (especially not while I’m on a cruise)

29 August 2015 9:00 am

 MS Queen Victoria, 38°N 19°E I’ll do my best, but I’ve got to be honest: being surrounded by shining Ionian…

How come our cash-strapped universities can afford so many administrators?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

At Oxford and elsewhere, university administration is out of control

Why a City job should be graduates’ last resort

16 August 2014 9:00 am

August is the season for conversation about career choices. Every holiday party seems to include new graduates or next year’s…

Why education is no longer the best way to invest in your child’s future

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Investment plans to make even a teenager say thank you

University tuition fees are a tax. It’s time to admit it

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Regardless of how many brains David Willetts has got, it’s not surprising that tuition fees are a mess. They’re a…

Ian Buruma’s notebook: Teenagers discover Montaigne the blogger

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Bard College in upstate New York, where I teach in the spring semester, is an interesting institution, once better known…

Ancient Rome’s fraudulent foreign students

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Foreign students getting on to courses under false pretences, overstaying their welcome and so on are nothing new. Ask the Romans.…

Why I’m hiring graduates with thirds this year

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Whenever I return to my old university, I am always struck by how incredibly focused, purposeful and studious everyone seems…

Diary

9 March 2013 9:00 am

My friend and colleague Roy Brown has just sent me the draft of a statement he will submit to the…

Shady characters

24 February 2010 12:00 am

A great deal of time in Neel Mukherjee’s A Life Apart and Max Schaefer’s Children of the Sun is spent in gents’ public toilets — cottaging being a key feature of both debuts — and yet such is the elegance and intelligence of their prose, the reader comes away feeling educated rather than soiled.