The NS Interview: David Starkey, historian
By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 May 18:49

“From one queen to another. Oh, I’ve written my own headline”

The formula of life: the maths behind a zebra's stripes, and a leopard's spots
By Ian Stewart - 27 April 12:45

Biology is undergoing a renaissance as scientists apply mathematical ideas to old theory. 

Gilbey on Film: Chronicle of Protest, previewed
By Ryan Gilbey - 27 April 12:43

Activist video is providing a corrective to the mainstream media - but nothing beats the power of a

What South Park can teach us about Oxford
By Duncan Robinson - 21 April 15:39

The furore over black students at Oxford won’t die down until schools listen to the wisdom of Eric C

New Statesman presents Chronicle of Protest: a new film
By Staff blogger - 18 April 13:33

Watch the trailer and win tickets to the premiere here.

Should Oxbridge be abolished for undergraduates?
By David Allen Green - 15 April 16:14

The Friday Question: why not turn Oxford and Cambridge into postgraduate universities?

Leader: Cameron was right to shame Oxford over black students
By Staff blogger - 15 April 14:03

The Prime Minister's rhetoric is commendable. But it must be supported by policy.

It’s an education, all right: Laurie Penny on the commercialization of universities
By Laurie Penny - 10 April 12:19

British universities now see themselves as companies, and students are the losers.

“A child is supposed to love learning”
By Liam McLaughlin - 08 April 17:26

Katharine Birbalsingh made her name when she wowed the Conservative Party conference last October. H

On being mixed-race
By Samira Shackle - 07 April 17:07

I grew up thinking of myself as equally English and Pakistani, writes Samira Shackle. Was I wrong?

Don't play politics with academic freedom
By James Ladyman - 30 March 17:00

By encouraging research on the "big society", the Arts and Humanities Research Council sets a danger

Gove’s EMA replacement will not work
By James Mills - 30 March 16:03

The Education Secretary’s “bursary scheme” is inadequate and ineffective.

The government’s university policy doesn’t add up
By Gareth Thomas - 29 March 19:12

The coalition’s higher education reforms are unnecessary, unfair and incompetent.

You want a good degree? Pay up
By Duncan Robinson - 25 March 17:55

The only universities not charging the maximum amount for top-up fees are among the worst in the cou

Comprehensive shouldn’t mean incomprehensible
By Alice Miles - 24 March 13:27

<em>Jamie’s Dream School</em>, the TV programme currently trying to inspire school “failures”, could

Theatre of conflict
By Francis Beckett - 17 March 13:25

Playwrights such as Arnold Wesker were a serious political force in the postwar years. We urgently n

Why the issue of tuition fees will not go away
By Duncan Robinson - 15 March 16:33

Average institutions charging top-rate fees will prove a continuing headache for the government.

The shame of Britain’s universities
By Duncan Robinson - 09 March 11:05

LSE is far from the only university to accept money from repugnant regimes.

Choose Darwin over Dickens
By Robin Ince - 03 March 11:23

Why are arts graduates so proud to be ignorant of science?

In defence of the handwritten exam
By James Preston - 25 February 16:53

The head of Ofqual says handwritten exams are no longer valid, but the old-fashioned pen and paper h

Sound clash of the thinkers! It’s de Botton v Skidelsky
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 24 February 15:04

For decades, philosophers spoke only to each other. But that is changing as they once more reconnect

Michael Chanan's video blog: We Will not Pay
By Staff blogger - 22 February 13:07

FILM: Josie Long and Mehdi Hasan, plus UK Uncut take on Barclays Bank.

Everything Michael Gove touches turns to dust
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 February 12:35

The Education Secretary has so far avoided the “at risk” list; but with his list of gaffes growing c

NUS president will not seek re-election
By Duncan Robinson - 21 February 12:05

Aaron Porter agrees to step down this April, admitting that the union needs “reinvigorating” with a

New book featuring NS contributors
By Staff blogger - 17 February 10:50

<em>Fight Back! A Reader on the Winter of Protest</em> is free to download.

Michael Chanan’s video blog: Teachers and Learners
By Staff blogger - 16 February 13:05

FILM: Lecturers go on strike in Bristol.

No sex, no drugs, and no leaders: Laurie Penny on the new student activists
By Laurie Penny - 03 February 11:07

They’ve been dismissed as naive idealists, but today’s student protesters are pragmatic, democratic - and sane.

Time for a quiet rebellion over library closures
By Robin Ince - 27 January 14:16

Budget cuts put more than 375 libraries under threat. We should be outraged, says Robin Ince (but ke

Fear on the front line
By Peter Hyman - 27 January 14:15

2011 will be a year of seismic change to our public services. A teacher, GP, lawyer, social worker,

No sex. No drugs. And no leaders
By Laurie Penny - 26 January 16:04

Life on the front line of student activism.