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Brexit: what is at stake for UK universities?

Ludovic Highman.  UK higher education is about to experience a period of turbulence, as the consequences of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) become clearer. Higher education institutions are bracing themselves for what will no doubt be a period

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education

Why does Vietnam do so well in PISA? An example of why naïve interpretation of international rankings is such a bad idea

John Jerrim.  When the PISA 2015 results were released in December last year, Vietnam was one of the countries that stood out as doing remarkably well. In particular, Vietnam was ranked 8th out of all the participating countries in science,

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, International comparisons

EU and me: why are British pensioners more likely to vote against open borders than their peers across the channel?

Germ Janmaat.  The popular revolt against open borders that swept across Great Britain and the United States last year has not, so far, crossed the Channel. In The Netherlands and France mainstream parties and candidates backing the EU and globalization

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy

Women are less likely to study STEM subjects – but disadvantaged women are even less so

Natasha Codiroli Mcmaster.  There is a vast amount of research showing that women are less likely to study STEM subjects. This is a persistent finding in countries across the world and at all levels of education, and this ultimately leads

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Are Public Servants Due A Pay Rise?

Alex Bryson and John Forth.  Should we be paying public servants more? Some have expressed disquiet over the long-term sustainability of the 1% cap on pay settlements first introduced in 2010 and due to continue until 2019/20. Independent experts who

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Posted in Employment and skills, Social sciences and social policy
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