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Buckingham University names new Chancellor

The University of Buckingham has appointed Dame Mary Archer as its new Chancellor. Dame Mary will be joining the University from 24 February, succeeding Lady Tessa Keswick, who has been in the role since 2014.

Higher education is not broken - it just needs to fix its diversity problem

Reviewing the past week's higher education news, Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute, takes issue with claims that UK higher education is "broken" and sees encouraging signs that it is addressing issues over diversity.

Research England invites bids for £4m fund

Research England is launching a new fund in autumn 2018 to support the scaling up of existing, strategically-significant, internationally-collaborative research relationships between English Higher Education Institutions and universities and research organisations outside of the UK.

A maximum of £500,000 can be applied for through the £4m International Investment Initiative. Awards must be led by an English HEI in collaboration with a minimum of one international university or research organisation.

The primary use of the I3 awards must be for scaling up international research collaboration at the institutional or organisational unit level (e.g. faculty). The scheme will provide up to five years of funding which will be matched by bidders through cash or in-kind contributions.

Supported activities must not be eligible for funding through the Global Challenges Research Fund or the Newton Fund. The scheme will not directly support individual research projects.

Further details on the application and assessment processes, eligibility and funding criteria, and participating organisation co-investment requirements will be available on the Research England website in autumn 2018.

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