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Understanding student surveys: a student perspective

In order to get reliable survey data, we have to be confident that students are clear about what is being asked. And, as Julian Porch from York SU explains – this is not as easy as it may sound.

The importance of policy for enabling research data sharing

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.

Data-riffic! What does data tell us about UK higher education in 2017?

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 – not fun (for most), but vital (for all)

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.

Team Wonkhe slack chat: the NSS

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.

Understanding the burden of data collection

Andy Youell introduces the latest data-driven consultation on finding ways to better understand and reduce the burden of data management and collection in higher education providers.

A brief history of higher education data

The UK’s higher education data infrastructure is the envy of the world and has unlikely origins in the conclusion of the Second World War. Andy Youell takes us on a brief and fascinating history.

The antidote to university league tables?

Monolithic rankings distort our understanding of diverse forms of university excellence. Johnny Rich argues that a new league table philosophy could make rankings work more for good, rather than ill.

Farewell to JACS, and hello to HECoS

JACS codes have been a familiar part of the sector data background, but all is about to change. Andy Youell explains why you should be excited about subject-coding.

Here to stay: the politics behind TEF wonkery

The scuffles over TEF’s methodological merits have a fundamentally political angle. David Morris picks through the recent debates concerning NSS, benchmarking, and medals.

One-way ticket to New DLHE

Farewell, then, Old DLHE; your passing is unlikely to be mourned, particularly with New DLHE looking like it’ll be a significant upgrade. Andrew McRae considers the impact on academia.

NewDLHE model close to full assembly

HESA has assembled its proposed model for a new DLHE. Catherine Boyd picks out the headline changes, including open centralisation, linking to LEO data, and a new survey date.

Carry on up the cyber

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.

UKPRN and how to tell which institution is which

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.