In January 2015, the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel for the Research Excellence Framework expressed disappointment that relatively little progress had been made since the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise towards increasing the diversity of panel membership for 2014.
The apprenticeship agenda has presented Staffordshire University with a real opportunity to enhance employer relationships and upskill the region, and the university has responded to the challenge in a swift and dynamic way.
With the Apprenticeship Levy due to come into force in April, higher education providers have been preparing themselves to meet the anticipated increase in demand from employers.
Analysis of the data on part-time students shows that recent declines have been biggest for older students studying at lower levels of intensity. This raises questions about the role of higher education in lifelong learning.
Thinking beyond the next REF to a third exercise and a policy on open-access monographs.
Doing different jobs can help build your own journey towards a successful career.
With Disabled Students’ Allowance decreasing and demand for support increasing, the sector must look harder at what inclusivity means and how best to accomplish it with the resources available.
The second Research Excellence Framework needs to preserve the best of the 2014 system but adapt to the future.
With events like Brexit, we have seen big changes across the world. The Research Excellence Framework will miss a trick if it doesn’t think about ‘impact’ within this broader context.
Despite the proposed changes, the next REF could end up looking a lot like the last one.