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TEF and the government’s PGT blind spot

TEF and the government’s PGT blind spot

The Higher Education Green Paper, Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice (Link) has received a significant amount of coverage and I would refer readers to the Wonkhe site for an excellent range of articles. What has struck me about the Green Paper the most is how the thinking outlined in the paper, … Continue reading

‘Fifth best in the east midlands for sports facilities’: questionable survey press releases

‘Fifth best in the east midlands for sports facilities’: questionable survey press releases

The article (via limited access/paywall) from Times Higher Education about their Student Experience Survey, published on 9th April 2015, has led to the usual raft of press releases from university marketing departments highlighting the good news story for their institution. University of Loughborough: “In total Loughborough was ranked in the top ten in 14 of the survey’s … Continue reading

Student surveys: when are they ‘representative’?

Student surveys: when are they ‘representative’?

As an administrator in the higher education sector I have discussed, researched, pondered and weighed-up approaches to running successful student survey campaigns; both within defined parameters (e.g. NSS[1] and DLHE[2]; each with their own restrictions on how the surveys must operate) and with a fairly free hand to oversee internal surveys – to varying degrees … Continue reading

Data Inequality: thoughts on Unistats

The issue with devising an information model to enable data comparison across a diverse higher education sector is in its compromise towards common denominators. A landscape will normally be inconsistent in form and so it is with the information compiled with the aim of aiding student choice as part of the increased marketisation of Higher … Continue reading