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The European higher education area in 2015 -

The European higher education area in 2015 - | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Bologna Process : implementation report


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I’ve looked at life from both sides now: fostering good academic & library partnerships

Subject Librarians: time for a fresh look? University of Hertfordshire, 20th July 2015
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Presentation Virginia Power, Graduate Tutor/Researcher University of the West of England University of Hertfordshire Monday 20th July 2015

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Higher tuition fees reduce the risk of students dropping out of university

Higher tuition fees reduce the risk of students dropping out of university | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
New research shows the risk that students' won't complete their course goes down if they have to pay more for it.
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full text working paper fromUniversity of Lancaster

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/media/lancaster-university/content-assets/documents/lums/economics/working-papers/LancasterWP2015_016.pdf


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Hard Evidence: are universities strapped for cash?

Hard Evidence: are universities strapped for cash? | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
As universities swallow a £150m cut to their teaching budgets, are they in a stable financial position?
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Analysis from J Johnson via the Conversation blog.

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Latest journal of Information literacy online

My favourite article The impact of library information literacy classes on first year students’ searching behaviour. practical guide to considering how to approach IL teaching - start with Google!

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OFFA topic briefing: financial support - OFFA

OFFA topic briefing: financial support - OFFA | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
OFFA - Office for Fair Access. Promoting and safeguarding fair access to higher education.
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This briefing gives an overview of financial support provided to students through access agreements. It covers some of the evidence around financial support, and explains how universities and colleges are using financial support in their access agreements. It also suggests questions that institutions might wish to consider when further developing this work in future. - See more at: https://www.offa.org.uk/universities-and-colleges/guidance-and-useful-information/topic-briefings/offa-topic-briefing-financial-support/#sthash.72fRGYmY.dpuf
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What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything?

What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything? | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Useful article from the conversation by Ibrar Bhatt

Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University

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Policy and practice 2015-2020 - Higher Education Funding Council for England

Policy and practice 2015-2020 - Higher Education Funding Council for England | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Raising productivity by improving higher technical education: Tackling the Level 4 and Level 5 conundrum - HEPI

Raising productivity by improving higher technical education: Tackling the Level 4 and Level 5 conundrum - HEPI | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
England and Wales lag behind competitor nations in the proportion of people with higher technical skills. In this pamphlet, Scott Kelly proposes three overarching reforms to ensure employers have access to the skills they need. There should be a well-defined set of institutions where the core mission is to deliver technical and professional qualifications. Work-oriented qualifications at higher levels should be validated and funded by the same processes. Public policy should acknowledge and addr
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Overseeing financial sustainability in the further education sector - National Audit Office (NAO)

Overseeing financial sustainability in the further education sector - National Audit Office (NAO) | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
With the number of further education (FE) colleges in financial difficulty expected to rise rapidly, there are fundamental structural problems which might require decisions at a regional or sector-wide level.
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Can metrics be used responsibly? Structural conditions in Higher Ed push against expert-led, reflexive approach.

Can metrics be used responsibly? Structural conditions in Higher Ed push against expert-led, reflexive approach. | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Do institutions and academics have a free choice in how they use metrics? Meera Sabaratnam argues that structural conditions in the present UK Higher Education system inhibit the responsible use of...
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Useful commentary from LSE Impact of Social Science Blog.

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Access agreement decisions for 2016-17: universities set themselves stretching new targets

OFFA - Office for Fair Access.report on acces agreements.

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Building successful partnerships SME viewpoint on partnering with universities Beauhurst

Building successful partnerships SME viewpoint on partnering with universities  Beauhurst | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
19-page report setting out the key findings from our survey of UK companies engaged with a university in a collaborative research project.
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key findings-

  • Grant funding is integral to collaborative projects. Without access to grants, 89% of projects would not have started.

  • Businesses felt that the biggest barrier to starting a project was finding and establishing trust in the right academic partner.

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Sutton Trust - Independent Commission on Fees 2015 final report

Sutton Trust - Independent Commission on Fees 2015 final report | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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"There is also a continuing and concerning gap between the recruitment of students from less advantaged and more advantaged backgrounds, in favour of the latter. This is especially true at the nation’s most selective universities. The report recommends that the Office for Budget Responsibility investigate the current student loan system, especially in the wake of funding changes announced in the Summer Budget 2015."

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Universities for Europe -campaign launched

Universities for Europe -campaign launched | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Universities Uk launch campaign to promote how UK universities benefit from EU membership

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Lad Culture Audit Report -National Union of Students

Lad Culture Audit Report -National Union of Students | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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This report presents the results from the Lad Culture audit conducted between December 2014 and February 2015. It provides an analysis of existing policies, training, education and support services in place within SUs and institutions to tackle lad culture. and sexism The findings are based on the thirty five SUs that responded to the survey and the twenty SUs that sent through supporting policy documents for the audit. of those surveyed only 51% had  formal policies on dealing with sexual harassment


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Access to Higher Education: Students in Higher Education 2013-14

Access to Higher Education: Students in Higher Education 2013-14 | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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The following analyses are primarily taken from the HESA Student Record 2013-14 and the HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2012-13. In addition, the progression information is based on two consecutive years of HESA Student data and uses the methodology developed for the Performance Indicators which HESA calculates and publishes on behalf of the four
UK funding bodies.

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Student sexual violence: 'leaving each university to deal with it isn't working'

Student sexual violence: 'leaving each university to deal with it isn't working' | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Victims of rape and sexual assault say they are not being taken seriously by elite universities, with devastating results, a Guardian investigation reveals
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Responsible Metrics- new website

A forum for the responsible use of metrics in higher education & research It builds on the recent independent review and the report Metric Tide.

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Gender Pay Working Group Report - UK Higher education

Gender Pay Working Group Report - UK Higher education | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Published in July 2015 by UCEA with the support of EIS, GMB, UCU, Unison and Unite on behalf of New JNCHES, this report flows from the commitment made in the New JNCHES agreement for 2014/15 to undertake joint work on gender pay in higher education, specifically to build on the New JNCHES Equal Pay Survey 2013.
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Abolishing the higher education Research Excellence Framework (the REF)

Abolishing the higher education Research Excellence Framework (the REF) | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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IEA paper

The REF uses significant resources and distorts resource allocation within the higher education sector away from teaching and knowledge dissemination

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Analysis of the higher education funding reforms announced in Summer Budget 2015 Institute For Fiscal Studies

Analysis of the higher education funding reforms announced in Summer Budget 2015 Institute For Fiscal Studies | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Economic analysis of the impact from IFS.

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Metric tide- Higher Education Funding Council for England

Metric tide- Higher Education Funding Council for England | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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The review explored the current use of metrics for research assessment, drawing on evidence from a wide range of sources. It considered the robustness of metrics across different academic disciplines, assessing their potential contribution to the development of research excellence and impact within higher education

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Skills emergency could 'starve growth' - CBI/Pearson survey - CBI

CBI/Pearson annual Education and Skills survey 

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