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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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).
,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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