Category Archives: Rankings

What we need is a new ranking – for journals.

Maybe not what you were expecting from me – the last thing we need is another ranking in higher education, right? As I’ve written before, they’re based on proxy measures and therefore rarely, if ever, capture what they claim to. … Continue reading

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Universities are the (spluttering) engines of social progress.

  Universities change the world, right? Well, sort of, but maybe not as much as they could or should…   Researching for the Greater Good Through their research, academics learn new things about the world, and this drives scientific and … Continue reading

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Is this the beginning of the end for tuition fees (as we know them)?

  The Higher Education Bill – currently passing through the hoops of parliamentary deliberation and approval – involves, for the first time, generating systematic data on graduates’ tax returns. The government sees this as leading one way, but I’m imagining … Continue reading

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Who gets hurt the most by BrHExit – Brexit and Higher Education?

The UK’s uneasy divorce from the European Union rumbles on, complex, messy, partisan and accusatory, and from different perspectives unwilling or overdue. What are the implications of Brexit for higher education (HE) or, as it’s been termed. ‘BrHExit’? The headlines … Continue reading

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New University Ranking – The Alpha Beta

The most recent addition to the panoply of UK university rankings, the Alpha Beta Ranking, was launched today. Aberdeen is ranked 1st, while Cambridge and Oxford, who usually fight tooth and nail for the top spot, languish in 30th and … Continue reading

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Are high student drop-out rates a sign of high or low quality?

My absence from the blogosphere has been enforced by the start of the new academic year: courses to run, classes to teach, new names to learn, bureaucratic kinks to iron out. It’s been a breathless few weeks. Today I’m turning … Continue reading

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Are universities ‘dumbing down’?

One of the things that has happened over the past 15 years or so is that the number of people going to university has risen very quickly. This is not just in the UK, but worldwide. As I’ve written elsewhere, this … Continue reading

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Happy Blogoversary! Looking back at the first year of Stuff At Unis

I’ve been blogging for exactly a year now, and it’s been an interesting and useful experience. I mainly started doing this for public engagement, to share the hot topics in and around higher education in a way that anyone can … Continue reading

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The hot topics in research on higher education: an aperitif, in a nutshell.

How often can you get an overview of the field in which you work in just over an afternoon, and finish it off drinking bubbles on the balcony at the House of Lords? Every 50 years?! I was lucky enough to … Continue reading

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Is Graduate Underemployment the elephant in the room?

By and large, there are three reasons to go to university: To learn more advanced knowledge in an academic or applied field; To develop ways of thinking and problem-solving; To get access to certain kinds of jobs. Universities have been … Continue reading

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