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Telling, Kathryn – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2019
A growing body of literature is encouraging academics to slow down their academic work as a way of managing the acceleration of university life. Little attention, however, has been paid to the important differences in temporalities among different sorts of higher education institutions, and the effect this is likely to have upon the sense of…
Descriptors: Universities, School Culture, College Faculty, Institutional Characteristics
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Konstantinidis-Pereira, Alicja – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
This paper summarises a new method of grouping postgraduate taught (PGT) courses introduced at Oxford Brookes University as a part of a Portfolio Review. Instead of classifying courses by subject, the new cluster approach uses statistical methods to group the courses based on factors including flexibility of study options, level of specialisation,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Portfolios (Background Materials), Statistical Analysis, Classification
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Banerjee, Pallavi Amitava – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2018
In this research informed perspective, I discuss some of the barriers students face during progression to higher education. A crucial role can be played by higher education institutions (HEIs) and other public bodies. I discuss some of the measures taken and critically evaluate these to show how these can be improved. In the absence of a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Education, Student Participation, Barriers
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Rainford, Jon – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2017
The impact of widening participation policy and how it is enacted institutionally is a central concern to Higher Education. It is not simply about the admission of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, but also ensuring that these students complete their courses successfully. This work therefore goes far beyond those departments tasked with…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Colleges, Student Recruitment, Foreign Countries
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Harrison, Neil; Waller, Richard – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2017
Practitioners are being placed under increasing pressure to evaluate the success of their outreach activities, both by government and by their own universities. Based in a reductionist doctrine of "evidence-based practice", there is a desire to demonstrate the effectiveness and value-for-money across activities that now account for…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, Program Evaluation, Evidence Based Practice, Evaluation Problems
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Farmer, Julie – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2017
Since the late 1970s, the Access to Higher Education (Access to HE) Diploma (the Diploma) and its predecessor Access to HE certificates and courses have provided opportunities for adults to undertake the preparation they need to progress to higher education (HE). The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has been collecting data…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Adult Students, Student Certification
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Handley, Fiona J. L.; Read, Ann – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2017
In 2011, Southampton Solent University, a post-1992 university in southern England, introduced a new marking scheme with the aims of changing marking practice to achieve greater transparency and consistency in marking, and to ensure that the full range of marks was being awarded to students. This paper discusses the strategic background to the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grading, Strategic Planning, Evaluation Methods
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Grimwood, Michelle E. – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2017
Little is known about the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) university students in the UK. One of the main reasons for this seems to be that the monitoring of sexual orientation and gender identity is not routinely undertaken and is not consistent across all Higher Education establishments. This can mean…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Homosexuality, Student Attitudes
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Shepherd, Sue – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2017
Pre-1992 English universities are changing the way they appoint their deputy and pro-vice-chancellors (PVCs). Traditionally, PVC posts were filled by internal secondment from within the professoriate, but these days an increasing number are appointed by means of external open competition involving advertisement and/or executive search. So has this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Credibility
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Taylor, John – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2016
Internationalisation is now a key strategic priority for many universities. As part of this process, universities are increasingly looking to build a number of key strategic partnerships with a small number of like-minded institutions. This paper, based on a detailed study of three such partnerships, seeks to understand and theorise the process by…
Descriptors: International Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Universities, Foreign Countries
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Fisher, Andrew – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2016
In a competitive market, the exit of those suppliers who cannot offer an attractive product at an attractive price is seen as desirable. However, the consequences for consumers when their own supplier leaves the market in an unplanned or disorderly way may be undesirable. Exit regimes exist in regulated markets to ensure that consumers are not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, School Closing, College Students
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Purcell, Wendy M.; Beer, Julian; Southern, Rebekah – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2016
Higher education in the UK is a success story and what we do matters to society. Income is earned by delivering value--and that's clearer now in this new arena of student fees and research impact. Clarity about what we're really good at--academic programmes, learning approach and/or research theme--and communicating that powerfully is what it…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Higher Education
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Andrews, Matthew – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2016
This paper examines the introduction at Oxford Brookes University of a Grade Point Average (GPA) scheme alongside the traditional honours degree classification. It considers the reasons for the introduction of GPA, the way in which the scheme was implemented, and offers an insight into the impact of GPA at Brookes. Finally, the paper considers…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Classification, Honors Curriculum, Program Implementation
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Behrens, Rob – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2015
The prevention and resolution of student complaints are critical factors in maintaining and improving the student experience. Rob Behrens looks at the wider context, drawing on lessons from beyond higher education, to examine the opportunities and possible pitfalls.
Descriptors: Student Experience, Student Problems, Educational Opportunities, Barriers
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Lane, Laura; Birds, Rachel – Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 2013
This paper explores the value of explaining contextual admissions policy directives through the conceptual lenses of meritocracy and social reproduction. It is suggested that examining these concepts can assist in highlighting some of the ideological and practical complexities associated with contextual admissions whilst providing opportunities to…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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