The report sheds light on current national and institutional policies and practices aimed at increasing and widening access, reducing student dropout, and improving the employability of higher education graduates in Europe.
In the first HEPI Occasional Paper of 2014, ‘Only Connect’: Is there still a higher education sector?, Professor Sir David Watson calls for a new approach in three areas: 1. quality assurance:; 2. credit transfer: 3. the benefits of higher-level study: he urges people to “probe beneath the supermarket superficiality of the Key Information Sets”
Higher education academy report. This project examined the impact on learning and teaching of recent significant changes in UK higher education policy. The term ‘pedagogic stratification’ is used to explore and analyse how institutional type may relate to different conceptions of ‘teaching excellence’ and ‘the student experience’ adopted across the sector.
"Altmetrics is a term to describe web-based metrics for the impact of publications and other scholarly material by using data from social media platforms (e.g. Twitter or Mendeley). This overview of studies explores the potential of altmetrics for measuring societal impact. It deals with the definition and classification of altmetrics. Furthermore, their benefits and disadvantages for measuring impact are discussed."
At the end of 2013, George Osborne announced the end of student number caps. In future, higher education institutions will be free to recruit as many students as they want. But it remains unclear how the change will be implemented, how it will be paid for and what it will mean in practice. In this report written by Andrew Norton, Programme Director in Higher Education at the Grattan Institute in Melbourne, HEPI considers how the same policy worked when it was rolled out in Australia.
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