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Oxford opens up on graduate destinations (THE)

"The University of Oxford has created an online tool for comparing data about its graduates' careers and salaries. Tucked away on its main careers website and organised into a set of user-friendly tables, it allows immediate comparisons of the salary and employment status of its alumni from 2008-09 and 2009-10 - undergraduate and postgraduate - sorted by subject area, individual course and even constituent college."

 

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"Although the survey is only six months out - and I know it would be ideal to have information five years, 10 years, 20 years after graduation - we can still use it to add value for our students."

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Permit unlimited number of students on sandwich degrees, says review

Permit unlimited number of students on sandwich degrees, says review | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
The Wilson Review into university-business collaboration expected to recommend incentives for university courses that incorporate work placements...
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Students as co-creator, not consumer?

Students as co-creator, not consumer? | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it

"Time spent in higher education is not all about employment but about acquiring the capacity for reinvention."

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"A global networked university"

"Warwick and Monash have worked together for a long time now and, as we have got to know each other it has become clear that we can set out on this different path. We signed a core partnership agreement in 2009 and ever since we have been hard at work. We knew that enthusiasm had to be academically driven and through a series of research initiatives we have now got to the point of take-off. In December of last year we signed a “Heads of Agreement” in Melbourne that will commit both partners to a set of actions that will, in time, lead to the beginnings of a so-called global networked university. As a starter, these will include a set of 30 joint professorships, joint research programs, and educational innovations based on new approaches to online learning. In time, we foresee joint use of a developing campus network based on existing and new locations. Significantly, we are appointing a jointly held pro vice chancellor who will work for both institutions to drive the effort forward. The goal is clear, in any case, to get to a position where staff and students will circulate freely through a number of sites around the world. Once we have achieved that, we will look for one or two other partners who will allow us to extend our reach."

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Flipping amazing: 900 students set new pancake tossing world record

Flipping amazing: 900 students set new pancake tossing world record | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
Students are not usually renowned for their culinary skills but just under 1,000 of them have set a new world record for flipping pancakes.
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Impact Report - Leeds University Union

Impact Report - Leeds University Union | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it

This is one impressive Impact Report. Animated, varied, full of videos, and very well presented. Two thumbs fresh for Leeds University Union!

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University policy – stranger than fiction

University policy – stranger than fiction | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
Attempts to block the appointment of the new head of Offa, and changes to the tuition-fee regime, make higher education policy resemble an Alice-in-Wonderland world, says Mike Baker...
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Open access journals: are we asking the right questions?

Open access journals: are we asking the right questions? | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
The academic publisher Elsevier is being boycotted by the online HE community due to the prohibitive costs of its journals.
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Oxford opens up on graduate destinations (THE)

"The University of Oxford has created an online tool for comparing data about its graduates' careers and salaries. Tucked away on its main careers website and organised into a set of user-friendly tables, it allows immediate comparisons of the salary and employment status of its alumni from 2008-09 and 2009-10 - undergraduate and postgraduate - sorted by subject area, individual course and even constituent college."

 

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The government's policy on university admissions is poor, both educationally and ethically

The government's policy on university admissions is poor, both educationally and ethically | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
Government policy, which means universities will rely solely only on A-level grades to choose students, will simply privilege the already privileged, says Peter Scott...
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Last-minute Essays: Should you REALLY be pulling an all-nighter?

Last-minute Essays: Should you REALLY be pulling an all-nighter? | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
Pull an all-nighter and finish your assignment the way you normally would. But do it a week or two before the real deadline.
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Social Ways of Working in Higher Education

Social Ways of Working in Higher Education | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it

"Be it higher education, the arts or the car dealer down the road, social technologies have changed the way we work. Now we need to change the way we think and the way we learn."

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Tell them how they're doing - before, during and after (THE)

"Usman Ali, vice-president (higher education) of the National Union of Students, added: 'Induction should be much more than just the first two weeks of the first year. It should be integrated through the year and all (subsequent) years of study.'"

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The Imperfect University: who should lead universities?

The Imperfect University: who should lead universities? | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it

A good start for Paul Greatrix's new series of posts on 'The Imperfect University':

 

"Universities may well often best be led by leading academics but no one individual, whatever their background, is going to be able to do everything on their own. Universities are just too big, complex and diverse."

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Over one in four university courses axed since 2006

The number of full-time undergraduate courses on offer at UK universities has fallen by more than a quarter (27%) since 2006, according to a report published today by UCU.
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The Imperfect University: More and more regulation

The Imperfect University: More and more regulation | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
Will we see a reduction in the regulatory burden as Mr Willetts claims? We might, but it is unlikely to make a big difference. My advice? Don’t hold your breath.
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NUS Launch Campaign to Expose Hidden Costs

NUS Launch Campaign to Expose Hidden Costs | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it

"The initiative was launched as new research on the hidden costs of studying, published today, shows almost a third (31 per cent) of students’ unions reported their universities as covering no additional costs such as printing, studio fees, field trips, travel to work placements and course books."

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Publications - Universities UK

Publications - Universities UK | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
Beyond bricks and mortar boards: universities and the future of regional economic development...
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University access: Dumbing up? :: Social Market Foundation

University access: Dumbing up? :: Social Market Foundation | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
But why don’t privately educated children do better? Private schools are notoriously good at getting children into university. Exam results are better on average. They offer interview practice and more help with applications. But once at university, this help disappears, so private school students revert to their inherent ability. The gap that opened up between state and privately educated students in secondary education closes at university.

"It is rational for universities to choose on this basis, given that they have limited information. But this suggests OFFA might be doing them a favour by making them choose more state-educated applicants."

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Are The Arts and Humanities Relevant to Society?

Are The Arts and Humanities Relevant to Society? | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
Four speakers gathered at the recent Warwick Higher Education Summit to discuss the question of whether the arts and humanities are relevant to society. What is the value of the arts and humanities today?
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University applications: have your numbers plummeted?

University applications: have your numbers plummeted? | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
Ucas reports that applications for undergraduate courses have fallen 8.7%. UK universities tell us whether that's true for them and consider the possible consequences
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MPs reject Les Ebdon's selection as Offa director (THE)

MPs reject Les Ebdon's selection as Offa director (THE) | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it

A political row over the next director of fair access has been sparked after Tory MPs on the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee rejected the selection of Les Ebdon as preferred candidate.

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Core and Margin: drawing some connections with the UCAS data

"...whilst in the short term managing the risks of AAB are an issue for the institutions, in the medium term, there are key risks for the Government here."

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The higher education paradox: a public good but private cost

The higher education paradox: a public good but private cost | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
If universities are public, the argument for their costs being borne by individuals – along with justification of for-profit providers – becomes diminished, says David Reed...
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Welcome to the desktop degree…

Welcome to the desktop degree… | UKHigherEd | Scoop.it
John Naughton: Three courses created at Stanford University prove that free online education can compete with traditional teaching methods...
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Ebdon: 'I would not rule out the nuclear option as Offa head' (THE)

Professor Ebdon also accused such universities of too often blaming poorer students’ choice of subjects at school for their failure to win places.

“I don’t think universities can just say, ‘Oh well it is because they are doing the wrong GCSEs’,” he said.

“Universities have to deal with the world as it is rather than the world as we would want.”

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