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REF 2021 decisions do not all hit the mark

The decisions made around REF2021 have been far from universally welcome. Here, John Senior takes issue with the impact case study disparities that put a lot more pressure on small departments

Open Research in 2018, real or fake news?

The announcement of an Open Research Europe platform, to be linked to Horizon 2020, is just the latest example of a trend for research funders to own their own means of publication. Neil Jacobs from Jisc asks how many swallows make a summer.

A bushel and a peck – OfS subscription fees again

Shortly after our previous article on OfS subscriptions was published, DfE updated their impact assessments. Once again, Catherine Boyd and David Kernohan are here to take you through the implications.

How much will OfS cost institutions?

How much will institutional subscriptions raise to fund the new Office for Students? Not enough, argue Wonkhe’s David Kernohan and Catherine Boyd.

Opening textbooks

How are textbooks used by academics and students – and how much do they cost? David Kernohan and Vivien Rolfe introduce the UK Open Textbook project.

Citations and the fallacy of division

Introducing his briefing paper for Jisc, Cameron Neylon suggests citation metrics for researchers and publications are an example of the fallacy of division.

What is the VAT status of universities?

“Bizarre, exasperating and illogical, but occasionally fun” – Amanda Darley explains the world of VAT as it applies to the higher education sector.

Student transfers: should I stay or should I go?

To students, credit transfer is primarily conceived of as a student welfare issue – allowing those with unexpected changes in their personal circumstances to continue their studies. Tony Strike of the University of Sheffield introduces us to the research.

Understanding student contracts

Student contracts are far from a new idea – Dennis Farrington takes us through some of the history, and explains just what kind of contract we are talking about.

What sort of TEF do students really want?

A consortium of students’ unions has seriously investigated what students want from TEF, with some interesting results that could have wide consequences for the debate.

The future of work – what do we know?

The “future of work” is a much trickier call to make than robot-festooned reports make it look. Charlotte Malton at Britain Thinks takes us through what we can actually know, and how institutions can prepare themselves and their graduates.

Cutting the cake: fairness in student finance

A “fair” funding system is something everyone can agree on the need for. Unfortunately, agreeing on what “fair” should mean in this context is much more difficult. David Malcolm takes a look through three recent attempts.

Whatever happened to the promise of online learning?

Online learning advocates have always made big promises and sweeping statements – but more than 20 years on where are we? Richard Garrett of OBHE takes a global look at the myths and realities of online learning.