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Exploring scholarly trends and shifts impacting the academic reputation of the world's leading universities

Exploring scholarly trends and  shifts impacting the academic reputation of the world's leading universities | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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http://researchanalytics.thomsonreuters.com/researchanalytics/m/pdfs/scholarly_trends

white paper summarising trends from the 6th year of the Thomson Reuters Academic Survey

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PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete?

PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete? | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Should the foundations of a 21st-century academic career still be built on the traditional model?
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UCU - University and College Union - Two-fifths of staff on casual contracts struggling to pay the bills

UCU - University and College Union - Two-fifths of staff on casual contracts struggling to pay the bills | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
More than two-fifths (42%) of staff on casual contracts, such as controversial zero-hours contracts, in universities and colleges have struggled to pay household bills, according to a new report released today by UCU.
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Making ends meet: the human cost of casualisation in education (.pdf) [940kb], surveyed over 2,500 academic and academic-related staff in further and higher education who are on casual contracts*.

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Executive MBA Ranking 2015

Executive MBA Ranking 2015 | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

EConomist magazine Top 100 rankings of the best business schools. Find full-time MBA, part-time MBA, online MBA, and EMBA.

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The Hague Declaration

The Hague Declaration | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Over 50 organisations have signed The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age, which calls for immediate changes to intellectual property (IP) law and the removal of other barriers preventing widened and more equal access to data.

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Evaluation by Citation: Trends in Publication Behavior, Evaluation Criteria, and the Strive for High Impact Publications -

Evaluation by Citation: Trends in Publication Behavior, Evaluation Criteria, and the Strive for High Impact Publications - | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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abstract: Criteria for the evaluation of most scholars’ work have recently received wider attention due to high-profile cases of scientific misconduct which are perceived to be linked to these criteria. However, in the competition for career advancement and funding opportunities almost all scholars are subjected to the same criteria. Therefore these evaluation criteria act as ‘switchmen’, determining the tracks along which scholarly work is pushed by the dynamic interplay of interests of both scholars and their institutions. Currently one of the most important criteria is the impact of publications. In this research, the extent to which publish or perish, a long standing evaluation criterion, led to scientific misconduct is examined briefly. After this the strive for high impact publications will be examined, firstly by identifying the period in which this became an important evaluation criterion, secondly by looking at variables contributing to the impact of scholarly papers by means of a non-structured literature study, and lastly by combining these data into a quantitative analysis.

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LILAC 2015 papers

LILAC 2015 papers | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Now available online papers and presentations .

Key themes information literacy: under 18s, employability, outreach, new technology

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Complete University Guide league tables 2016

Complete University Guide league tables 2016 | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings

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Webinar on Radical Information Literacy | Research Information Network

Webinar on Radical Information Literacy | Research Information Network | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Really good discussion hosted by InformAll. Andrew Whitworth discusses topics relating to his book. He considers is information literacy institutionalised- associated with professional teachers, librarians . how and should it become more community focused

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Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015 results

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015 results | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
High scores for campus universities in our annual poll
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topics covered include facilities, staff, industry connections, community atmosphere, cheap bar.

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UK’s digital future response from CILIP and InformAll

UK’s digital future response from CILIP and InformAll | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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response to Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future – a report from the House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills response from CILIP information literacy and group and InformAll

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Analysis of REF impact - Higher Education Funding Council for England

Analysis of REF impact - Higher Education Funding Council for England | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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The nature, scale and beneficiaries of research impact: An initial analysis of Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 impact case studies an initial analysis of 6,679 impact case studies
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Grade point average: Report of the GPA pilot project 2013-14 | The Higher Education Academy

 It asks the question: Can a GPA system enhance the reporting of student achievement in the UK?

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OECD Skills Outlook 2015 - Youth, Skills and Employability

OECD Skills Outlook 2015 - Youth, Skills and Employability | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. In some OECD countries, one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach. While education , social, and labour market policies have key roles to play, co-ordination between public policies and the private sector is also crucial. The publication, which builds on the results of the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) presented in the first edition of the Skills Outlook, also presents examples of successful policies in selected countries.

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Student loans: How Government accounting is binding the hands of policymakers - HEPI

Student loans: How Government accounting is binding the hands of policymakers - HEPI | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

In a new HEPI pamphlet, The accounting and budgeting of student loans, Andrew McGettigan reveals how the treatment of student loans in the national and departmental accounts is driving policy. 

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International students: a £2.3 billion British success story | London First

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The report, London Calling: International students’ contribution to Britain’s economic growth,
 shows the economic contribution to London

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A living document: reincarnating the research article

The limitations of the traditional research paper are well known and widely discussed; however, rather than seeking solutions to the problems created by this model of publication, it is time to do away with a print era anachronism and design a new model of publication, with modern technology embedded at its heart. Instead of the current system with multiple publications, across multiple journals, publication could move towards a single, evolving document that begins with trial registration and then extends to include the full protocol and results as they become available, underpinned by the raw clinical data and all code used to obtain the result. This model would lead to research being evaluated prospectively, based on its hypothesis and methodology as stated in the study protocol, and move away from considering serendipitous results to be synonymous with quality, while also presenting readers with the opportunity to reliably evaluate bias or selective reporting in the published literature.
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article byb Daniel R Shanahan published in trials seeks a new model of research publication.

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Save Adult Education campaign

Save Adult Education campaign | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Massive cuts in funding for adult learning courses risk decimating further education provision and leaving millions of the most vulnerable Read analysis from UCU

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"Understanding the Research Practices of Humanities Doctoral Students a" by Denise Hersey, Sarah Calhoun et al.

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ethnographic study on Library use in Yale University

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QS World University Rankings® 2014/15

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Free aces to some overall rankings some by subject area require a subscription. check the methodology used on the website

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How to provide meaningful experience of the world in work for young people as part of 16 to 19 study programmes:

How to provide meaningful experience of the world in work for young people as part of 16 to 19 study programmes: | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Top tips for senior leaders in schools and colleges
Tami McCrone, Vicky Hopwood, Pauline Wade and Richard White
Practical Guide, April 2015. Published by NFER includes case studies.

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Internet filters and academic freedom: Librarian and stakeholder perceptions and their impact on access to information

Internet filters and academic freedom: Librarian and stakeholder perceptions and their impact on access to information | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Background. Filtering software is used in libraries to …
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Interesting article from IBRES focuses on USA "Results suggest that while librarians as a professional group stand firmly for open access and against filters, academic administrators are split on the role filters play in denying access to Internet content. While faculty and IT staff each view the necessity and value of filters with varying degree of approval."

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The London Manifesto | CILIP

The London Manifesto | CILIP | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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The London Manifesto calls for fair copyright that is fit for purpose and will benefit every European citizen. Signed by Library and archive groups

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The Open Access Advantage Considering Citation, Article Usage and Social Media Attention

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In this study, we compare the difference in the impact between open access (OA) and non-open access (non-OA) articles. 1761 Nature Communications articles published from 1 Jan. 2012 to 31 Aug. 2013 are selected as our research objects, including 587 OA articles and 1174 non-OA articles. Citation data and daily updated article-level metrics data are harvested directly from the platform of nature.com. Data is analyzed from the static versus temporal-dynamic perspectives. The OA citation advantage is confirmed, and the OA advantage is also applicable when extending the comparing from citation to article views and social media attention. More important, we find that OA papers not only have the great advantage of total downloads, but also have the feature of keeping sustained and steady downloads for a long time. For article downloads, non-OA papers only have a short period of attention, when the advantage of OA papers exists for a much longer time

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