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Three important questions about TEF metrics

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Numbers are always contestable, and no more so than with TEF. Jackie Njoroge has three questions for TEF’s designers about refining the metrics.

Prior attainment, gender gaps and other lessons from LEO

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After the release of the government’s new LEO data, we draw some early lessons about what it shows about graduate earnings, the labour market and universities’ ability to influence the employment prospects of their graduates.

Digesting the Longitudinal Educational Outcome data

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On the day the government releases LEO data showing graduate earnings over time, we take a first look at the data, what it shows and what’s in store as the agenda develops.

Olympic medals and Olympic lessons for TEF

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‘Marginal gains’ philosophy has transformed British sport. Might a similar approach work at improving teaching in higher education? Sarah Davies of Jisc makes the case.

A positive outcome? Steps towards a new DLHE

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There was consensus and conflict within the sector over how to best measure graduate outcomes. Rachel Hewitt takes us through the highlights of the new DLHE consultation responses.

Understanding the alternative HE sector: the first HESA release

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HESA has recently released it’s first dataset of alternative higher education providers. Joy Elliot-Bowman of Study UK has dug into the numbers which will help the established sector better understand the new ‘challengers’.

Transparency revolution: is there bias in university admissions?

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UCAS have released an unprecedented amount of data which gives detailed breakdowns across institutions of applications by sex, race and economic status. There were hopes that it might settle the question about bias in admissions: but does it?

New transparency duties: an evolution, not a revolution

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The government is promising a transparency revolution in higher education, and it now appears to be upon us. But does it go far enough and how will universities respond to the new challenges that it brings?

What do we mean when we talk about ‘selective’ universities?

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What does it mean to be a selective university in today’s UK HE market? Vice chancellor of Nottingham Trent University Edward Peck uses his own institution as an example in comparing the nature of selectivity across HE.

Taking the data conversation to a new level

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The Higher Education Commission has published a report called From Bricks to Clicks which looks at the potential of data and analytics in higher education. King of the data nerds Andy Youell casts his eye.

Data capability: a call to action

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With so many data-related changes emerging across the landscape, a failure to engage with this agenda is likely to leave institutions struggling with data problems for years to come. Andy Youell argues that the sector now needs a sea-change in the way it thinks about data in universities.

With big data comes big responsibility

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As universities look to drive efficiency and more student-centric service delivery, Jackie Njoroge argued that the sector should focus on maximising the value of management information to support an evidence-based approach.

Beginning a revolution in data collection

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Andy Youell writes on possibly the best opportunity to address data gathering in higher education in years – a new far-reaching consultation from HESA who are conducting a fundamental think about the sector’s relationship with data.

Are you data capable?

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Today sees the publication of two significant reports that attempt to find some answers to some of the big questions about data capability that the sector – and the economy – are facing. Data wonk Andy Youell sets out the challenges.

Designing a landscape

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Amidst a never-ending storm of technological advances, the HE data landscape is complex, inefficient, bewildering and sometimes painful to be a part of. Andy Youell looks at how we might go about redesigning it.

Redesigning the information landscape

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In a first in a new series on the changing data landscape in HE, Andy Youell, director of the The Higher Education Data & Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP) looks at the big changes afoot across every aspect of the sector’s relationship with data.

Student finance in the devolved administrations

The upcoming general election has offered many of us the opportunity to reflect on the student finance system. The political rhetoric is entirely focused on the headline-grabbing issue of tuition fees, rather than the more prosaic topic of student living costs. But there is much more we need to understand here. Based on a Unite/Wonkhe data hackathon, Jenny Shaw looks at the approach to student finance across the UK.

Teaching and research: A zero-sum game?

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There is a long history of research investigating the relationship between research aptitude and teaching ability, within both an individual and collective context. In the aftermath of the 2014 REF, David Morris digs more deeply in to the relationship between NSS and REF – or research and teaching, with some surprising results and some new data to share.

The REF results vs VC pay

A quick look at what happens when you plot the results of #REF2014 against vice chancellor pay in the UK.

Making an impact?

What do social policy at UCL, civil engineering at Cardiff and communications at LSE, have in common with psychology at the University of East London, history at Hertfordshire and English at Bedfordshire? Answer: they are all making a big difference to our lives, according to the 2014 REF.

Rankings, data, tables and spin

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Nothing brings out the creative instincts of universities like a new set of research assessments. After 24 hours of rankings, tables and spin, John O’Leary looks at the new data from HESA which allows us to measure intensity and reflect on the true state of the research rankings.