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Will we ever have a fair education for all?

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Fair Education Alliance report card 2014 - inequality in education

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Measuring researcher independence using bibliometric data: A proposal for a new performance indicator

Bibliometric indicators are increasingly used at the individual level – as is exemplified by the popularity of the H-index and many other publication and citation based indicators used in evaluation. The issue not is whether these indicators can be considered useful, as they do provide a description of a researcher’s oeuvre. However, at the same time, they are not enough to assess the quality of a researcher and his/her oeuvre: Quality has more dimensions than productivity and impact alone. In this paper, we argue that independence is an equally important characteristic that however lacks validated indicators for measuring it at the individual level. In this paper, we propose two indicators to measure different dimensions of independence: one measuring whether a researcher has developed an own collaboration network, and another measuring the level of thematic independence. We illustrate how these indicators distinguish between researchers that are equally productive and have similar impact. The independence indicator is a step forward in measuring individual scholarly quality: in cases where citations and publications do not distinguish, the indicators for independence may do.
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University Aspirations 2018: Sutton Trust poll

University Aspirations 2018: Sutton Trust poll | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
On behalf of the Trust, Ipsos MORI surveyed 2,381 young people aged 11-16 across England and Wales on their attitudes towards higher education. The Trust has monitored this trend since 2003 as an indicator of young people’s expectations before they do their GCSEs.

This year’s poll shows a falling proportion of young people who think university is important to get on in life and shows how university aspirations continue to differ among young people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners

Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Pearson recently released the findings of its new report, “Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners”, highlighting the similarities and…differences between generation Z 14-23 and millenials 24-40

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Academic Library Futures in a Diversified University System

Academic Library Futures in a Diversified University System | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
Dempsey and Malpas consider the future of the academic library in the context of a diversifying higher education system. The academic library is not fixed. It is changing as it adapts to th
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Solving future skills challenges: Universities UK

Educating more people at university could bring significant benefits to the UK economy as the Fourth Industrial Revolution increases future demand for higher level skills.
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Research skills that men and women developed at university and then used in workplaces: Studies in Higher Education: article

(2018). Research skills that men and women developed at university and then used in workplaces. Studies in Higher Education. Ahead of Print.
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– There is an absence of scientific authority over research assessment as a professional practice, leaving a gap that has been filled by database providers

– There is an absence of scientific authority over research assessment as a professional practice, leaving a gap that has been filled by database providers | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Research metrics have become more established as a means to assess research performance. This is understandable given research institutions’ and funders’ demand for assessment technique… - LSE Impact blog.

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I got a hoax academic paper about how UK politicians wipe their bums published: Conversation article.

Politicians on the right surely wipe with their left hand; and vice versa?
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The sale of student loans - National Audit Office (NAO)

The sale of student loans - National Audit Office (NAO) | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
In this report we consider the value for money of this sale of student loans that entered repayment between 2002 and 2006. We set out the main outcomes of the sale, how government assessed value for money in deciding to sell and how UKGI managed the sale.
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The Biomedical Bubble | Nesta

The Biomedical Bubble | Nesta | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
A new report argues why UK research and innovation needs a greater diversity of priorities, politics, places and people.
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Writing for Academic Publication free slides

Writing for Academic Publication free slides | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Helen Fallon free slides from UKSG webinar discussing how librarians can write for academic publications.

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Promoting the relevance of higher education - EU Law and Publications

Promoting the relevance of higher education - EU Law and Publications | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
This annex to the main report ‘Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education’ includes the international policy literature study and the review of indicators. The objective of the literature study was to provide a first insights into the policies that relate to the three dimensions of higher education relevance: personal development, sustainable employment, and active citizenship. The literature study allowed the next steps (country fiches and (country case studies) to continue with a clearer focus. As a first stage towards making an analytical and diagnostic tool to measure countries’ scores on aspects of relevance dimensions, a review of indicators was done. This review looked into internationally comparative data sources and their used indicators, while judging their validity and usability to measure aspects related to higher education relevance. The results of the literature study and the indicator review are presented in this annex.
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Research integrity - Science and Technology Committee - House of Commons

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How to reach a wider audience with open access publishing: what research universities can learn from universities of applied sciences: Liber Quarterly article

How to reach a wider audience with open access publishing: what research universities can learn from universities of applied sciences: Liber Quarterly article | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Article: How to reach a wider audience with open access publishing: what research universities can learn from universities of applied sciences Based on research in the Netherlands

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Technically Gifted - Centre for Policy Studies

Technically Gifted - Centre for Policy Studies | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
In the report, ‘Technically Gifted’, he argues that we must break the Gordian Knot linking technical education to academic failure by allowing specialist schools to select their pupils according to aptitude for their occupational specialisms
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Research Data Management Toolkit | Jisc

Research Data Management Toolkit | Jisc | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

New toolkit of resoruces for researchers, librarians and research data management support staff launched.

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Restore maintenance grants for poorest students to boost diversity on campus, university boss says

Restore maintenance grants for poorest students to boost diversity on campus, university boss says | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it
The government must bring back maintenance grants for poor students in order to improve diversity in higher education, according to leading universities amid a major row over admissions policies. Tim Bradshaw, head of the Russell Group, which represents the most selective UK universities, called on ministers to make more money available to widen access, rather than “putting all the blame on universities”. 
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Scholarly Communication Librarians’ Relationship with Research Impact Indicators: An Analysis of a National Survey of Academic Librarians in the United States

Scholarly Communication Librarians’ Relationship with Research Impact Indicators: An Analysis of a National Survey of Academic Librarians in the United States | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication article.

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The UK Scholarly Communication Licence: Attempting to Cut through the Gordian Knot of the Complexities of Funder Mandates, Publisher Embargoes and Researcher Caution...

The UK Scholarly Communication Licence: Attempting to Cut through the Gordian Knot of the Complexities of Funder Mandates, Publisher Embargoes and Researcher Caution... | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Whilst take-up of open access (OA) in the UK is growing rapidly due partly to a number of funder mandates, managing the complexities of balancing compliance with these mandates against restrictive publisher policies and ingrained academic priorities, has resulted in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) often struggling with confused researchers, complex workflows, and rising costs. In order to try to address this situation, the UK Scholarly Communication Licence (UK-SCL) was formulated to bypass the root causes of many of these challenges by implementing a licensing mechanism for multiple-mandate compliance in one single policy. This is the first empirical study to focus on the genesis of the UK-SCL and how its implementation has been conceived thus far.

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Scholia

wikidata  project which enables users to visualise in fascinating ways individual scholar profiles and profiles of institutions . they map inter-relations, rates of publication, citation frequency  and more

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Free speech on campus: new research shows universities can do more to protect it

Free speech on campus: new  research shows universities can do more to protect it | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has today published a new report on free speech with a Foreword by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. The report serves as a practical guide to help higher education institutions secure freedom of speech on campus. …

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JISC and CNI leaders conference 2018: The changing role for libraries in the context of the research university

Jisc and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are again bringing together leading experts in digital scholarship from the US and UK for our 12th biannual conference.Digital technology is revolutionising research. At the same time, research processes and practice are modernising and these developments mean a new role for the library in supporting both the research institution and strategic requirements of the university.

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Promoting the relevance of higher education - EU Law and Publications

Promoting the relevance of higher education - EU Law and Publications | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

Europe’s knowledge economies need high-level skills, the capacity to innovate and to support democratic societies. In this perspective, the main objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the relevance of higher education and how this is promoted in various countries in Europe and beyond.

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Contextualised Admissions 2018

Contextualised Admissions 2018 | Higher education news for libraries and librarians | Scoop.it

We are at a point where we need to move beyond the debate of if we should use contextualised data in admissions to widen participation to elite universities; instead we should be focusing on how to do it more efficiently and effectively. Today we launch a Fair Education Alliance report

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