28 mars 2015

Postgraduate education

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By . During 2014-15, we have been running a pilot Postgraduate Support Scheme to test ways of stimulating progression to taught postgraduate education, supporting 20 projects across the country.  A common theme arising from this and our previous work is the centrality of finance (though not only finance) in decisions about whether to progress to postgraduate study and the potential for clearly communicated support arrangements to address this. More...

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‘Degrees of value’ depend on student engagement

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By . ‘Does higher education offer students value for money?’ This is one of the key questions behind the latest report on higher education from the consumer group Which?. 
The report – ‘A Degree of Value’ – calls for reform on a number of fronts: better information and advice for students, improved complaints procedures and other consumer protections, and changes to the regulatory system. More...

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Student loans for postgraduate study – a look at the facts

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By . Last week the Institute for Public Policy Research published proposals to establish a subsidised student loan system for postgraduate study. This is a welcome addition to the debate about postgraduate funding. More...

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Widening participation: how do we know if it works?

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By . I spoke at the HEFCE Annual Meeting yesterday about the ways in which universities and colleges are working to widen participation and support student success, and particularly the need to demonstrate the impact of this work. More...

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REF 2014 impact submissions: part of a cultural shift?

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By . In the run-up to November 2013, universities across the UK prepared submissions for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. For the first time, this included an assessment of the impact, or wider societal benefits, resulting from research. This mechanism for examining impacts from previous UK-led research complements the Research Councils UK’s requirements for researchers to describe how they will facilitate impact from future research. More...

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REF 2014 shows that research impact can be assessed

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By . For the first time anywhere, the UK has allocated funding to universities according to an assessment of research impact. RAND Europe’s evaluation of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 process reveals that it worked, allowing different types of impacts drawn from a wide range of disciplines to be compared and scored. More...

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The multi-impactful nature of UK universities research

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By . The 6,679 non-redacted case studies submitted to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) showcased how research undertaken in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) over the past 20 years has benefited society beyond academia – whether in the UK or globally. This was the first time HEIs were required to submit impact case studies, and researchers inevitably have put their best foot forward, resulting in an inspiring read. More...

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How does the sector support student engagement and enhance students’ learning experiences?

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By . Those were the questions under discussion at the recent Modern Government event where I contributed on behalf of HEFCE, alongside a range of learning and teaching leaders and practitioners. More...

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Changing the Learning Landscape through technology-enhanced learning

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By . Embedding technology-enhanced learning can also present challenges, which we set out to understand and to support the sector to address through the HEFCE-funded ‘Changing the Learning Landscape’ programme, led by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Both the theme and the programme clearly resonated, as was shown by the voluntary engagement with the programme from nearly 150 providers. More...

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Developing the higher level vocational education system and the next steps for Higher Apprenticeships

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This conference follows the Government's call for engagement in the creation of elite National Colleges, intended to help the development of high level technical skills in those industries or sectors where there is an identified skills gap. More...

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