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News Who are the winners and losers in the world university rankings?
Plus how teachers can beat stress and what new students need to know to keep healthy on campus
University rankings are the subject of fevered debate. Even Barack Obama is getting involved: US higher education may be getting "Obamarank", as presidential plans have been nicknamed, to lower the costs of US college education by publicly ranking institutions according to their value for money.
Today On Tuesday we publish the prestigious QS Top 200 World University Rankings for 2013, in which both US and UK universities can expect to be placed highly. But which have risen up the ladder and which have dropped down it? Explore the table, read up on the research behind it, and debate the role and influence of university rankings with your peers – if not the president – online.
Also this week: join our live chat on how UK universities are welcoming freshers who are arriving from overseas. From accommodation to orientation, from first lectures to student buddy systems, how can institutions ensure that international students are settled in and set up for success? Join us online on Friday 13 September from 12-2pm to share your ideas with experts from across the field.
As workloads and pressures pile up in the new term, we're looking at what schools should do to support stressed teachers. How can heads, who have a duty of care to their staff, help teachers cope with and recover from stress?
"It's a game of snakes and ladders," says Siôn Humphreys, of the National Association of Head Teachers. "If someone's climbed a great ladder, you don't want to make them slide right down to the bottom again." Rebecca Ratcliffe talks to experts to find out what the warning signs of stress are, and what support teachers need from their managers.
Also this week: we hear from Teresa Simpson, a retiree who has put the stresses of the job behind her. She shares her poem, I've got a little list, based on the Gilbert and Sullivan song from The Mikado, about all the professional niggles those close to retirement look forward to leaving behind. Guaranteed to raise a wry smile of recognition from any teacher.
If you're living at home and you fall ill, chances are there will be someone to cart you off to the doctor'shen students leave home for university, it's up to them to arrange their healthcare. This week a doctor gives his advice on how to sign up with a GP, what symptoms to look out for, and what to do if you get ill.
Also this week: In the past, studying abroad was thought of as too expensive for most students, but with the help of scholarships and bursaries more are choosing to study as far away as the US and Australia. What are the benefits of going to university overseas, and what do you need to know? We investigate.
Meanwhile, students arriving in the UK from overseas are often thought of as wealthy. But for international students from poorer backgrounds life can be a real struggle. We hear from a student blogger on .