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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

Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water: External Examining and Right to Work checks

Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water: External Examining and Right to Work checks

The rhetoric before and during the election campaign regarding immigration has seen political parties maintain a tough stance[1]. Aside from the obvious repercussions for higher education such as recruitment of international students, one area that has been affected by the tightening of regulations and may be increasingly in the future is external examining. Universities in the UK are required … Continue reading

A Peer Review primer

A Peer Review primer

Peer review is generally accepted as the gold standard process model for robust review activities. In this blog post I will examine some of the ways in which it is used, consider the extent to which peer review informs quality assessment arrangements as they are currently applied to the higher education sector in England and speculate as to possible future … Continue reading

The HEAR Project: a launch without fanfare

Why soft launch a product or service? It could be part of its development, allowing the designer to gather feedback and fine-tune any problems. This may avert the negative press that comes with an error-strewn first encounter. However, the flip-side is that some will assume that there is a lack of confidence in aspects of … Continue reading