Deirdre Fernandes

Covers the steep price students pay to earn a degree and the money behind the region’s education economy. Since joining the Globe in 2011, Fernandes has covered insurance, banking, and the economy, writing about how changes in the industry are altering the consumer experience. She previously worked for The Virginian-Pilot, in Norfolk, Virginia and papers in North Carolina, before returning to Massachusetts. She grew up in Sudbury.

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Tufts professors sue over new fund-raising requirements

By , Globe Staff

The professors allege that when they were first offered tenure at Tufts, there was no requirement that they raise a certain amount of funding, but since 2017 the university has required them to support at least 40 percent of their salary with research funding from outside sources.

Tufts removes Sackler name from buildings, programs

By , Globe Staff

Work on the removal began Thursday. The university took the rare step after a report censured Tufts for having what appeared to be too cozy of a relationship with the family behind OxyContin.

A list of what carries the Sackler name (and what doesn’t anymore)

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The Sackler family has its name on buildings throughout New England and across the world — or at least it used to.

Harvard graduate students walk off the job after negotiations stall

By , Globe Staff

The strike comes after more than a year of negotiations between the newly formed graduate student workers union and Harvard officials.