PhD Students: Time to Make Them University Employees?

Universities around the world looking closely at employment rights and research engagement of doctoral candidates. The benefits of treating PhD students as university employees, an issue under consideration by some institutions in the UK and US, have been spotlighted by the recent completion of reforms in Sweden. Changes to the law in Sweden, implementing an 

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Article of the Day: Magpies grieve for their dead (and even turn up for funerals)

With its aggressive behaviour and appetite for young chicks, the magpie doesn’t have a particularly good image when it comes to compassion. But according to some experts, the predator may have a tender side, feeling grief and routinely holding ‘funerals’ for fallen friends. Dr Marc Bekoff claims the rituals – which involve birds laying ‘wreaths’ of grass 

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KZN MEC Shocked at University Medical School Scam

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo registered his shock after a syndicate selling spots at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson Mandela School of Medicine was busted last week. Three people‚ who appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s court on Monday‚ are alleged to have negotiated bribes and liaised with university staff to enrol prospective students in the 

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