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Just what is ‘evidence-based’ teaching? Or ‘research-informed’ teaching? Or ‘inquiry-led’ teaching?

Lesley Saunders.  ‘It is by virtue of being an artist that the teacher is a researcher’ (Lawrence Stenhouse): deepening the connections between research and teaching I’ve long campaigned for teaching to be a research-engaged profession, on the grounds that, as

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Posted in Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Academics’ ability to lobby government under threat from new funding clause

Peter Scott. There are growing worries in universities that restrictions on the use of public money to lobby the government, initially focused on charities, may have a chilling effect on the independence of publicly funded research. Whether this is ministers’

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Research matters

New research centre will help UK become thought leader in the vital HE sector

Simon Marginson‌  In October 2015 the doors of a major new Economic and Social Research Council-supported research centre will open at UCL IOE. It will be the largest centre in the world that is focused on research in relation to

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons, Research matters

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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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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