Monthly Archives: December 2014

Research excellence: getting better all the time – or is it?

Simon Marginson Research assessment is only partly reliable as an indicator of the real quality of the work going on in higher education. It has a dual character. On one hand it is rooted in material facts and objective methods.

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REF results: what’s the spin and what are the real stories?

Chris Husbands In 1993, Shane Warne, the great Australian spin bowler bowled to England’s Mike Gatting. The ball, heading towards the leg stump was played by Mike Gatting, and then, at the last moment, in a twist of pure genius

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Higher education’s X-Factor: everything you always wanted to know about the REF

Chris Husbands Imagine – if you do not work in a UK university – a cross between the Olympics, the X-factor and a visit from Father Christmas. That will give you some – some – idea of the REF (the

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Is research evidence informing government policy in education?

David Gough Recently there has been increased interest in the use of evidence from research studies to inform policy making by government. This research evidence can be of many types. It can include empirical findings on things such as educational attainment,

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Middle leaders as catalysts for change in schools: an active, collaborative process

Chris Brown and Louise Stoll Over recent years, there’s been greater awareness in England of the important role middle leaders – people such as department heads, key stage leaders or pastoral leaders – can play in school improvement. Middle leaders are

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