'The Diamond', undergraduate engineering facility, University of Sheffield. Cost: £81m
©Murray Ballard

University challenge: the race for money, students and status

British universities rank among the best in the world. But a radical shift in their funding model is forcing them to rethink their priorities – and compete in an increasingly cut-throat market

Food & Drink

©Graham Roumieu
‘There is a growing realisation that co-ops need to make wines people want to drink’
– Jancis Robinson
Crispy quails with cannellini bean hummus, pepper and chilli butter ©Patricia Niven
Honey & Co’s succulent and easily prepared dish brings to mind an evening feast under a starry desert sky
Kamasi Washington
©Paul Rousteau

Kamasi Washington and the new politically infused jazz

On the eve of a UK tour, the saxophonist discusses music’s pivotal role in promoting racial equality

The genius of William Morris and Mariano Fortuny

The novelist AS Byatt on the shared passions of two very different polymaths of the arts

©Shonagh Rae

Resilience in a time of crises

‘The modern world is such a tightly connected system that it is a fantasy to think we can ever abolish all threats’

Daphne Guinness
©Gem Hall

Daphne Guinness

‘I’ve never had an ambition apart from to be a human being’

Illustration by Harry Haysom of an Olympic torch
©Harry Haysom

How do you make the Olympics pay? Fudge the figures

‘Hosting the games is not unlike building a church for one single, glorious wedding celebration’

Mick Ringham
©Tommy Sussex

‘I played the first ever set at Glastonbury’

‘No one thought the festival would ever take off — it was so hit-and-miss,’ says DJ Mick Ringham

Naked Oyster
©Naked Oyster

Five of the best: Cape Cod eateries

How to avoid the tourist traps in one of America’s favourite summer destinations

Smoked brill roe. Ellory Restaurant. Summer Drinks

Summer drinking: artisan wine lists in London

Small independent suppliers are enabling restaurateurs to satisfy their customers’ thirst for novelty

Looking out from the Uber driver Mu Xuekan's car, in the CBD of Beijing.

Uber’s battle for China

Travis Kalanick’s fight for passengers in the world’s most irrational ride-hailing market

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