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Academic freedom is under threat around the world – here’s how to defend it

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. shutterstock/Piotr Wawrzyniuk Academic freedom is at the heart of successful universities. UNESCO defines it as the right “to […]

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When big companies fund academic research, the truth often comes last

Industry funders can go to great lengths to suppress the findings of academic research when it’s not favourable to the company. from […]

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Teaching truth and reconciliation in Canada: The perfect place to begin is right where a teacher stands

Despite challenges, teacher education offers a path to begin righting inequities and injustice. Here, people stand on a map from the Indigenous […]

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The problem with the push for more degrees

RIDTHISING/Shutterstock.com In a 2009 speech, President Barack Obama proclaimed that by 2020, the United States will “once again have the highest proportion […]

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Universities need to rein in academic air travel and greenhouse gases

Researchers are keen to travel abroad but air transport makes a significant contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. (Shutterstock) A recent article […]

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What does ‘We are all treaty people’ mean, and who speaks for Indigenous students on campus?

While there has been a recent growing awareness of Indigenous cultures at Canadian universities, racism, violence and dismissal still dominate conversations on […]

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The ‘slow professor’ could bring back creativity to our universities

Creative, social and family life should not be banished from the knowledge economy. (Shutterstock) Last summer, a friend gave me a copy […]

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Le « slow professor » ou comment retrouver la créativité dans nos universités

Il est temps de pratiquer une certaine dissidence au sein même de l’université. shutterstock L’été dernier, une amie m’a remis le livre […]

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Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered

Textbook prices are taking a toll on student finances. alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com Editor’s note: The high price of college textbooks has long been a […]

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Historians’ archival research looks quite different in the digital age

Today, and into the future, consulting archival documents increasingly means reading them on a screen. (Shutterstock) Our society’s historical record is undergoing […]

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