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2015 Bridging the Librarian-Faculty Gap in the Academic Library

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Download the survey by Gale and Library journal covering over 500 faculty and 500 academic librarians in the USA. a joint study of how academic librarians feel they’re serving their faculty clientele—and how faculty members feel they’re being served by their libraries. Includes coverage of information literacy.

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Differences in employment outcomes: Equality and diversity characteristics: HEFCE

Differences in employment outcomes: Equality and diversity characteristics: HEFCE | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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This report examines the early career employment outcomes of UK-domiciled students who qualified from a full-time, first degree course in the academic year 2008-09. It identifies differences in employment outcomes for different equality groups among those qualifying from publicly funded English higher education institutions, and examines whether differences seen in a graduate’s early career persist into the medium term.

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World University Rankings: Times Higher education 2015-16

World University Rankings: Times Higher education 2015-16 | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Libraries at the Crossroads (USA- public libraries) Pew Research center survey

Libraries at the Crossroads (USA- public libraries) Pew Research center survey | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Americans believe libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years.
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New Paper: Predicting course outcomes with digital textbook analytics

New Paper: Predicting course outcomes with digital textbook analytics | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Predicting Course Outcomes With Digital Textbook Usage Data” is co-authored by Reynol Junco (Iowa State University and Berkman Center, Harvard University) and Candrianna Clem (University of Texas at Austin) and is is published in Internet and Higher Education.

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Junco and colleague Candrianna Clem collected data from 236 students using e-books in various classes at Texas A&M—San Antonio. On average, students spent nearly 7.5 hours reading over 11 days throughout the 16-week semester. Students who spent more time reading the textbook earned a higher grade in the course

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Progression of further education students to higher education - Publications

Progression of further education students to higher education - Publications | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Findings of research into the progression to higher education of students from all the further education colleges and sixth form colleges in England.
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Monitoring the transition to OA: new report | Research Information Network

A report has been published on monitoring the transition towards Open Access in the UK. Commissioned by the Universities UK (UUK) OA Co-ordinating Group and produced by a team of experts led by RIN, further details about the report may be found here. Findings include:

There has been strong growth in both the availability of OA options for authors, and in their take-up.
UK authors are ahead of world averages, particularly in their take-up of the OA option in hybrid journals, and in their posting of articles on websites, repositories and other online services.
Take-up of OA publishing models means that universities’ expenditure on article processing charges (APCs) has increased too, and it now represents a significant proportion of their total expenditure on journals.
It is too early to assess the extent of any impact of OA on the finances of learned societies.
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Sutton Trust - Unfair Deal

Sutton Trust - Unfair Deal | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Unfair Deal examines the impact on students of the changes to student loan terms announced in the 2015 Summer Budget. It finds that while all students will end up repaying more, disadvantaged students will be particularly adversely affected.
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Differences in degree outcomes: The effect of subject and student characteristics

Differences in degree outcomes: The effect of subject and student characteristics | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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HEFCE Report.

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Debt in the first degree: £9k fee graduates dissatisfied with degrees

Debt in the first degree: £9k fee graduates dissatisfied with degrees | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
NUS has launched new research revealing that over half of full-time students graduating under the post-2012 fees and loans system believe their degree was not worth the cost of their tuition fees.
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Student ambassadors for digital literacy (SADL): evaluation & impact report - LSE Research Online

Student ambassadors for digital literacy (SADL): evaluation & impact report - LSE Research Online | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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report on LSE project which used students as ambassadors.

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Building Virtually Free Subject Area Expertise through Social Media: An Exploratory Study

Building Virtually Free Subject Area Expertise through Social Media: An Exploratory Study | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Brian K. Kooy forthcoming article in College and Research Libraries. can liaison librarians effectively use social media to stay up to date in their field?

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Keeping up with the Germans?: A comparison of student funding, internationalisation and research in UK and German universities - HEPI

Keeping up with the Germans?: A comparison of student funding, internationalisation and research in UK and German universities - HEPI | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
This pamphlet compares the UK and German higher education system and find some stark differences. Funding: While fees were being tripled in England, German states were abolishing them.  Internationalisation: While the UK has been sending mixed messages to potential international students, Germany has looked outwards as a way to strengthen its higher education sector. Research: While the UK has tended to root research in universities, Germany has based much of it in non-teaching institutions, wit
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Visas: Overseas Student Home Office written question – answered on 21st September

Visas: Overseas Student Home Office written question – answered on 21st September | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
TheyWorkForYou is a website which makes it easy to keep track of your local MP's activities.
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Labour Party conference: 'Who cares about teaching in higher education?' (sound file) - HEPI

On Monday, 28th September 2015, HEPI’s Director, Nick Hillman, spoke at a Demos / Physiological Society fringe meeting on teaching in higher education at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. The sound file of his speech can be accessed below. .    
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Students beware: university rankings should come with health warnings

Students beware: university rankings should come with health warnings | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Don't worry too much about university league tables – they might not be all they seem.
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Useful discussion on the Conversation blog

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Rising numbers of stressed students seek help - BBC News

Rising numbers of stressed students seek help - BBC News | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Rising numbers of anxious students need counselling and support for mental health problems
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Top 100 Innovative Universities 2015: Reuters.com

Top 100 Innovative Universities 2015: Reuters.com | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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ranking from Reuters. Methodology provided on the website.

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Entrenched racial & ethnic inequalities in British schools

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report from Runnymede trust covering new education system

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the position of Post graduates in Academia today

the position of Post graduates in Academia today | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
This working paper begins to think about the challenges that confront postgraduates within academia, and wider society today. It is also a response to MBS Working Paper No. 1, and expands on some of the themes we feel should remain of central importance to the project, notably public engagement and interdisciplinarity.
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From Birmingham university. soem thought provoking opinions and comments from students.

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Comparing sample survey measures of English earnings of graduates with administrative data during the Great Recession - Institute For Fiscal Studies

Comparing sample survey measures of English earnings of graduates with administrative data during the Great Recession - Institute For Fiscal Studies | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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This paper compares survey based labour earnings data for English graduates, taken from the UK’s Labour Force Survey (LFS), with the UK Government administrative sources of official individual level earnings data. This type of administrative data has few sample selection issues, is substantially longitudinal and its large samples mean the earnings of subpopulations can be potentially studied (e.g. those who study a specific subject at a specific university and graduate in a specific year). We find that very broadly the LFS and administrative data show a similar distribution of graduates’ earnings. However, the administrative data has considerably less gender disparity, higher high quantiles and more time series persistence. We also report on how the distribution of graduate and non-graduate earnings fell during each year of the Great Recession.

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UCAS Analysis Note 2015/05 – 'Offer rates to different ethnic groups are close to expected values'

UCAS has published its fifth Analysis Note of the 2015 cycle, entitled ‘Offer rates to different ethnic groups close to expected values’.

The work comes after research outputs which suggested possible bias in offer rates. UCAS’ analysis looks at offer rates from English providers to young English applicants from different ethnic groups, by subject area
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Sexual violence, harassment and ‘lad culture’ on campus - how universities are tackling the issue - Universities UK blog

Sexual violence, harassment and ‘lad culture’ on campus - how universities are tackling the issue - Universities UK blog | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Sexual violence, harassment and ‘lad culture’ on have no place on a university campuses and are serious matters where a zero tolerance approach is required.
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t factor: A metric for measuring impact on Twitter

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Lutz Bornmann, Robin Haunschild arxiv.org paper. Based on the definition of the well-known h index we propose a t factor for measuring the impact of publications (and other entities) on Twitter. The new index combines tweet and retweet data in a balanced way whereby retweets are seen as data reflecting the impact of initial tweets. The t factor is defined as follows: A unit (single publication, journal, researcher, research group etc.) has factor t if t of its Nt tweets have at least t retweets each and the other (Nt-t) tweets have <=t retweets each.

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The impact of local labour market conditions on school leaving decisions - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

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We use data from the British Household Panel Survey and Labour Force Survey to analyse the relationship between the demand for post compulsory education and prevailing labour market conditions in Britain. We explicitly incorporate the role of family resources by allowing effects to differ between young people whose families are home owners and those whose families are tenants. We find evidence that local labour markets significantly influence school leaving decisions of 16 year olds living in tenant households, specifically in social housing. For these groups, an increase in the local youth unemployment rates positively affects school enrolment – consistent with opportunity cost arguments – while high levels of adult unemployment discourage it.

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