Sharing research data offers huge potential for the advancement of human knowledge, and is already transforming the way science is conducted. But the most important weapon in the armouries of those trying to facilitate sharing is a well-crafted policy.
More data is available about universities than ever before, and new software means it can be visualised to tell new stories about our sector. David Morris looks at data on TEF, REF, widening participation, university finances, and student numbers.
Data governance can be fluffy and difficult to implement, but it’s something universities cannot afford not to have. Marian Hilditch outlines her recent visit to HESA to explain their work in this area.
In an experimental feature, Team Wonkhe take to slack to discuss the 2017 NSS in detail. The chat covers post-graduate NSS, the potential for bias within surveys and the use of NSS data within institutions.
The National Student Survey is back with new questions for students, and new questions for the sector to answer. David Morris takes a quick look at this year’s results, which you can find in full here.
Universities are often porous and vulnerable organisations to cyber security breaches, and have tended to find it difficult to implement consistent security measures. It’s time to get our act together.
With multiple agencies and multiple formats of providing information, how can we tell universities apart and how can we understand trends? It’s probably about time the government and the sector agreed to use the same standard.