SRHE Blog & Newsletter


SRHE Blog This 'blogsite' was launched in January 2014 as a development of SRHE News, to provide members and others associated with the Society to read and comment on the most pressing issues with Higher Education research.

The site is available from the following link SRHE blog.

SRHE News
SRHE Newsletter

This is the newsletter of SRHE. The SRHE Newsletter includes contributions from members across the globe, details of upcoming events and reports on recent activities.

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The current and previous issues of SRHE News are available to SRHE members only via the following link Members Area.

For further enquiries, or to submit any articles of interest, please contact the editor at rob.cuthbert@uwe.ac.uk

Out Now - SRHE News Issue 28 - April 2017

Extract from editorial

What's wrong with management in higher education?

Matthew Reisz reported for Times Higher Education on 30 March 2017 that 'the results beginning to come in from the National Senior Management Survey are both startling and dismaying.' He said: 'Early data from the National Senior Management Survey, which is being developed by academics at eight universities, find that barely one in 10 (10.4 per cent) respondents is satisfied with the way their institution is managed; 76.5 per cent are not.'

This is fake news: take a look at the National Senior Management Survey. It has grand aims but asks a series of leading questions, and its self-selecting sample is likely to be all those who want to complain about senior management in their institution. There is something wrong with the methods of this survey, but that doesn't mean there is nothing wrong with senior management in HE. Indeed, the progenitors of the National Senior Management Survey seem to have been motivated by despair at the apparently irresistible rise of managerialism and the equally irresistible rise of senior managers' salaries, even while university staff salaries are held down. So what's wrong with senior management?
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Higher Education Empirical Research (HEER) Database (QAA)


The Higher Education Empirical Research (HEER) database comprises summaries of the latest published research on a range of topics related to higher education. It is intended for use by policy-makers, academics and researchers in higher education. The database is fully searchable by theme, publisher and date. As a registered user you gain access to the full summaries and subscription options to receive email notifications as soon as new research is added to the database.

Further details are available here HEER Database.

Higher Education Statistics Agency 2015-16 Data

Below are links to HESA datasets provided to SRHE in February/March 2017. This data in relation to UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is broken down by age group, gender, ethnicity, disability status, level of study, mode of study, etc. We hope they will be useful to any of members and guests currently engaged in research.

The links below will download a .zip file from which you can then extract the publication and supporting files, these files are stored in Microsoft Excel and HTML format. In order to view the files correctly you must choose to 'Extract' the files from the .zip file and save them within one folder, then choose to view the index.html file first.

  1. Students in Higher Education Institutions 2015/16
  2. Staff in Higher Education Institutions 2015/16
  3. Finances of Higher Education Institutions 2015/16
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