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How do we ensure quality in an expanding HE system?

Report from the University Alliance. focuses on Quality Assurance.

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The HEPI / HEA 2014 Student Academic Experience Survey - HEPI

Higher Education Policy Institute / Higher Education Academy 2014 Student Academic Experience Survey  on the overall wellbeing of students, as well as on the experience of students at English institutions paying £9,000 fees. do students think courses are worth it.

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Closing the Gap: unlocking opportunity through higher education

Closing the Gap: unlocking opportunity through higher education | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

University Alliance report on social mobility and universities. Argues debate has been too narrowly focussed on a small set of institutions.

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Impacts of transnational education on host British Council

Impacts of transnational education on host British Council | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
This study is the first in-depth look at the impact of transnational education (TNE) on countries where it is delivered, from their own perspective.
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Going Beyond Google - great new slides from Karen Blakeman

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Look at the presentation for advice on searching google and Google Scholar effectively.

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The Learning Curve 2014

The Learning Curve 2014 | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Report from Pearson and Economist Intelligence unit draws on international case studies of learning and skills such as › the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
› the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
› the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
› the initial output from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which looks at cognitive skill levels across the population. to consider and compare learning and education systems in different countries worldwide.

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LILAC 2014 Conference papers now online

LILAC 2014 Conference papers now online | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

access papers from this major event. 2014 themes were: 

  • Innovative approaches to IL (sponsored by York St John University)
  • Putting theory into practice (sponsored by Aberystwyth University)
  • Transitions – IL from cradle to tomb
  • Outreach and collaboration (sponsored by Information School, University of Sheffield)
  • IL on a shoestring
  • Health literacy (sponsored by the CILIP Health Libraries Group)
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It was an amazing conference. Well done for putting on a great show. Already looking forward to next year. 

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One million manufacturing workers needed, but employers face recruitment ‘crunch’ over quality and quantity of graduates : 2014 : EEF

One million manufacturing workers needed, but employers face recruitment ‘crunch’ over quality and quantity of graduates : 2014 : EEF | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

EEF gives data on shrtage of UK STEM graduates for industry.

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Just Google It

Just Google It | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Digital Research Practices of Humanities Scholars

by Max Kemman, Martijn Kleppe and Stef Scagliola paper from the Proceedings of the digital humanities conference 2012 covers research techniques of scholars. mainly in Belgium and Netherlands.

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Estimating the public cost of student loans

Estimating the public cost of student loans | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Economic analysis from the Institute of Fiscal studies examines long run costs.

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Graduate Starting Salary

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Complete University Guide data for 2012. Librarianship one of the only subject areas where salaries did not slide.

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International STEM Students

International STEM Students | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Lords Science and Technology Committee publish report on international STEM students examines demand and impact of immigration policy.

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Payback time? Student debt and loan repayments: what will the 2012 reforms mean for graduates?

Payback time? Student debt and loan repayments: what will the 2012 reforms mean for graduates? | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Report from Institute of Fiscal Studies on student loan repayments. looks at effects on different types of students.

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The economic impact of Russell Group universities

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. this report considers their capital investment plans  (eg building projects) and how they will add value to the UK economy.



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MOOCs: Expectations and Reality - beSpacific

MOOCs: Expectations and Reality Full Report, May 2014. Fiona M. Hollands, Ph.D.; Devayani Tirthali, Ed.D. Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University report investigates the actual goals of institutions creating MOOCs or integrating them into their programs, and reviews the current evidence regarding whether and how these goals are being achieved, and at what cost.”

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Complete University guide Top UK University League Tables and Rankings 2015

Complete University guide Top UK University League Tables and Rankings 2015 | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
League tables of the best universities, 2015. Compare universities, courses, prospects and career options.
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SMIRK

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 from Glasgow Caledonian University  an information literacy and communication skills resource developed especially for use with tablets and smartphones. It is developed from SMILE, but has simplified content and structure. SMIRK is completely free for everyone to use and has no login.

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Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance

Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Harvard Business School working paper. Shows importance of reflection in learning.

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Closing the attainment gap in Scottish education Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Closing the attainment gap in Scottish education Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
This report outlines what teachers, schools, local and national government and other education providers can do to close the education attainment gap associated with poverty in Scotland. It looks at what attempts have been made to tackle the issue, and which have proved successful. It also makes recommendations for educators and policy-makers.
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Higher education as a tool of social mobility

Higher education as a tool of social mobility | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Report from CentreForum This report by former Liverpool John Moores University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Brown, recommends that higher education policy in the UK should be redirected towards "output" measures of social mobility.
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Pressure from all sides: Economic and policy influences on part-time higher education

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Hefce report.

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A comparison of student loans in England and Australia - HEPI

HEPI Report (66) provides a comparison of the English and Australian higher education funding systems, specifically the student loan arrangements.  The report focuses on four themes: entitlement; default rates; the balance between public and private contributions; and repayment. Alongside this report, HEPI has published a more detailed piece on the same topic – A comparison of higher education funding in England and Australia: what can we learn? – by Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance. 
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British Academy and open access - British Academy

British Academy and open access - British Academy | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

New report from the British council identifies difficulties. key finding p35. 

 journal articles are often published outside the uk.  so need to consider this in terms of agreeing open access policies, also considers the impact of open access on library purchasing.


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Open access monographs and the role of the library

Open access monographs and the role of the library | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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New article by Collins, Ellen and Stone, Graham (2014) Open access monographs and the role of the library. Insights, 27 (S1). pp. 11-16. ISSN 2048-7754. includes case study from Huddersfield.

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UCU - University and College Union - The secrecy of vice-chancellor pay

UCU - University and College Union - The secrecy of vice-chancellor pay | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
In early 2014 we sent Freedom of Information Act requests to UK higher education institutions asking for the minutes of the remuneration committees responsible for the setting of vice-chancellor and principal salaries. These are the responses.
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