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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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Focus on poor areas for outreach ‘may miss individuals’

Focus on poor areas for outreach ‘may miss individuals’ | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

The evaluation of widening participation activities in higher education: a survey of institutional leaders in England Study from University of West Of England . full text at http://www2.uwe.ac.uk/faculties/CAHE/Documents/Research/BRILLE/Report%201%20-%20Institutional%20Survey%20-%20June%202015.pdf


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IFLA Publishes a Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment

IFLA Publishes a Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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This new Statement on Privacy in the Library Environment is intended to give guidance to libraries and information services in an environment that includes mass surveillance by governments and routine user data collection by commercial interests that provide content or services through the Internet. Risks to library users' privacy might arise through their use of search or social media applications on the Web or their use of library platforms and content that collect data on end users.

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Exploring ethnic inequalities in admission to Russell Group universities. - Durham Research Online

Exploring ethnic inequalities in admission to Russell Group universities. - Durham Research Online | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Exploring ethnic inequalities in admission to Russell Group universities
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preprint of a forthcoming article from Sociology.

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THES World University Rankings - what citations are they counting?

THES World University Rankings - what citations are they counting? | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Useful blog posting from data scientist Duncan Ross on articles they wont be counting.

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Key professions losing staff due to lack of support for student mothers

Key professions losing staff due to lack of support for student mothers | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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Tracking student mothers’ higher education
participation and early career outcomes over
time: initial choices and aspirations, HE
experiences and career destinations
By Clare Lyonette, Gaby Atfield, Heike Behle and Lynn Gambin
Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/publications/2015/lyonette_et_al_2015_nuffield_lr.pdf


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Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market - Policy Reports - CIPD

Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market - Policy Reports - CIPD | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market
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Many graduates are finding themselves working in jobs that would in previous generations have been filled by non-graduates. CIPD report

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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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The Effect of a Tuition Fee Reform on the Risk of Drop Out from University in the UK -

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Working paper from Lancaster University Business school shows decline in drop out rate.

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Using Bibliometrics to Demonstrate the Value of Library Journal Collections

Using Bibliometrics to Demonstrate the Value of Library Journal Collections | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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useful pre print written by Christopher W. Belter and Neal K. Kaske. available from College and Research Libraries.at http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2015/08/11/crl15-758.full.pdf+html


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Selection of staff for inclusion in the REF 2014

Selection of staff for inclusion in the REF 2014 | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
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This study investigates how disability, age, sex, ethnicity, nationality and early career researcher status are related to the selection of staff for inclusion in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

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David C. Ison, The Influence of the Internet on Plagiarism Among Doctoral Dissertations: An Empirical Study -

David C. Ison, The Influence of the Internet on Plagiarism Among Doctoral Dissertations: An Empirical Study - | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Does the internet increase plagiarism interesting article comparing phds.

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summary on philpapers. and Google  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Vq2rcTsAAAAJ&hl=en

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10805-015-9233-7



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Internationalisation of Higher Education

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, Internationalisation of Higher Education, which was prepared for the European Parliament by Hans de Wit and Fiona Hunter of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at Milan’s Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Laura Howard of the European Association for International Education, and Eva Egron-Polak of the International Association of Universities.

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