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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.

Too much data, not enough insight

Institutions need to get to know their own data and systems a bit better if they want to realise benefits for students and their bottom line. Ant Bagshaw talks to KPMG experts from the health sector, and draws interesting parallels.

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.