Universities challenged: funding higher education through a free-market ‘graduate tax’, Peter Ainsworth calls for tuition fees to be replaced with a payment method by which universities receive an agreed proportion of a graduate’s future earnings Published by Institute for Economic Affairs
In this SMF pamphlet Shadow Universities Minister Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP sets out Labour’s vision for the Higher Education system post-2015 and covers important issues about the future of research funding and the provision of more technical qualifications.
The Dutch Economics top-40, based on publications in ISI listed journals, is - to the best of our knowledge - the oldest ranking of individual academics in Economics and is well accepted in the Dutch academic community. However, this ranking is based on publication volume, rather than on the actual impact of the publications in question. This paper therefore uses two relatively new metrics, the citations per author per year (CAY) metric and the individual annual h-index (hIa) to provide two alternative, citation-based, rankings of Dutch academics in Economics & Business. As a data source, we use Google Scholar instead of ISI to provide a more comprehensive measure of impact, including citations to and from publications in non-ISI listed journals, books, working and conference papers. See discussion of this on the impact of the social sciences blog. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/09/17/proof-over-promise-career-impact-approach-harzing/
A joint publication from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and Universities UK (UUK) examining the ways in which universities and employers can work together to improve higher level skills.
Is a interesting discussion from the University of Houston which tries to predict the future of education in 2025. Key themes emerging from the draft report are A shift in balance of power from institutions toward students - students being able to determine the content of courses and direction of strategy. More personalized instruction and blurring of boundaries between work and study. Also discussed are the need for more personalized service. Although research is USA based an interesting read.
Understanding Patterns of Library Use Among Undergraduate Students from Different Disciplines
Published in Evidence based library and information Practice. Vol.9, no.3
Ellen Collins, Graham Stone
based on quantitative research on students of different disciplines at the University of Huddersfield to see if their area of study effected library use. This involved analysis of use of electronic resources.and borrowing records.
students within the social science grouping are, in most respects, significantly higher users of library content and resources than any other disciplinary grouping
table 7 shows a breakdown amongst social science subjects with business and behavioural sciences borrowing and using e-resources more than law. But law students visiting the library more frequently and using library pcs but not e-resources. The initial reason they offered for this was law rely on a small number of textbooks. Which they purchase.