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Dec 4 2013
The marketisation of our universities is fragmenting the academic workforce at the students’ expense.
Business criteria, not education or the public good, drive what marketised universities do, writes Luke Martell. Universities are restructuring for the new era, ploughing money into marketing and glitzy buildings, designed to appeal to applicants as much as function for those that use them. It’s … Continue reading
Posted by: December 4, 2013
Dec 1 2013
Public Services: A New Reform Agenda, a collection edited by Henry Kippin, Simon Griffiths and Gerry Stoker, brings together some of the UK’s leading public policy experts to explore the long-term challenges facing public services. Janet Newman welcomes the book’s focus on the need for a … Continue reading
Posted by: December 1, 2013
Nov 10 2013
Cross-border education is a fast growing and diverse global market, but little is known about how international students actually live. Using international and cross-country comparative analysis, this book explores how governments influence international student welfare, and how students shape their … Continue reading
Posted by: November 10, 2013
Nov 8 2013
What happens when you make a book open access? New business models are emerging, but challenges still remain.
Initial studies into the effect of open access monographs suggest little to no impact on sales, but an increase in discoverability and online usage. But there are still many hurdles to overcome before OA books become a routine option for … Continue reading
Posted by: November 8, 2013
Nov 7 2013
A greater proportion of social science graduates are employed shortly after leaving university than STEM or arts graduates.
Roses Leech-Wilkinson presents the findings from a recent report which underlines the strong career prospects of social science graduates. This data does well to challenge some negative stereotypes on the usefulness of social science disciplines, but falling student numbers could already be … Continue reading
Posted by: November 7, 2013
Nov 6 2013
Absent from the Academy: The lack of black academics in the UK limits the wider impact of universities.
A conversation within UK universities is in order to address the lack of representation of black professors. Nathan Richards discusses his new film which explores the intellectual deficit within academia and how the marginalization of certain groups negatively impacts the university’s … Continue reading
Posted by: November 6, 2013
Nov 4 2013
Impact-monitoring research leads to clear EU policy recommendations to improve services for children of prisoners.
In England and Wales there are an estimated 200,000 children with a parent in prison, and on any given day, an estimated 800,000 children have a parent in prison in the European Union. The COPING team argue that this area … Continue reading
Posted by: November 4, 2013
Nov 3 2013
This book aims to examine the underlying assumptions and implications of how we conceptualise and investigate poverty. Paul Shaffer’s book will no doubt be essential reading for poverty analysts but it could also prove a very useful guide to understanding the relationship … Continue reading
Posted by: November 3, 2013
Oct 31 2013
There is sufficient evidence to suggest Whitehall is leaning on researchers to produce politically useful research.
The quality of scientific evidence in government heavily depends upon the independent assessment of research. Pressure from those commissioning the research may pose a threat to scientific integrity and rigorous policy-making. Edward Page reports that whilst there is strong evidence of government leaning, … Continue reading
Posted by: October 31, 2013
Oct 30 2013
Greater training is necessary to put open data at the heart of Research Data Management policy and practice.
As higher education institutions look to implement broader visions of openness, there is a need to re-assess the training and skills required for appropriate research data management (RDM). Geoff Curtis and Stéphane Goldstein present the findings of a report on how best to … Continue reading
Posted by: October 30, 2013