Friday, 30 September 2016

English universities to be rated

The Guardian today reports that as part of the government's teaching excellence framework, English universities will, from the middle of next year, be rated gold, silver and bronze. The universities minister has said that he believes the framework will give students clear, understandable information about where the best teaching is on offer but some critics have argued that the indicators used will not directly measure teaching quality.  The rankings will be awarded by a panel of assessors, will last for up to three years and will be based on statistics including dropout rates, student satisfaction survey results and graduate employment rates, including the proportion of graduates who go on to work in high-skill jobs. Read more by following the link below to the Guardian Higher Education pages.

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Olympic ratings for English universities

Friday, 16 September 2016

Irish education spending low by OECD standards

The Irish Times reports today that state spending on Irish education decreased during the recession and is now lower than most countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The figures come from the recently published OECD indicators 'Education at a glance 2016' available at the link below. Read more at the Irish Times below.

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Irish education spending low

Education at a glance 2016

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Are university safe spaces shutting down debate?

The Guardian Higher Education today reports that the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has criticised university 'safe spaces' arguing that they have shut down debate. Safe spaces were designed to ensure debate does not cause offence to students in universities. May suggested that they could potentially constrain innovation of thought and harm the country's economic and social development adding 'we want to see that innovation of thought taking place in our universities'. Read more by following the link below. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Universities failing to make use of Twitter

A recent report, published in the journal Innovative Higher Education, has carried out an analysis of the Twitter accounts of over two thousand US higher education providers and has found that they were largely used to broadcast information or to highlight positive aspects of their institution. There were fewer examples of institutions utilising Twitter to reach out to the wider community to engage in dialogue or debate. The report suggested that universities could help people interact and learn from one another and could share practical knowledge with communities that might benefit from the research conducted at the university. Read more below at the Times Higher Education (sign up for free access).

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Universities using Twitter

Surviving a postgraduate dissertation

The Guardian Higher Education has asked some recent postgraduate students how they survived their studies and by following the link below you can read some of their shared anecdotes and advice. For some, finishing a master’s means living in the library while for others 'boredom is inevitable'. From the best way to organise your notes to framing an argument, there are some useful tips here for those starting out on the journey.

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Surviving a Master's