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.

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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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Out Now - SRHE News Issue 24 - May 2016

Extract from editorial

The Thirty Years Quality War

Ten years ago David Watson (2006 p2) said that in England since the 1980s: 'the audit society and the accountability culture have collided (apparently) with academic freedom and institutional autonomy'.

He called this clash between accountability and autonomy the 'Quality Wars' and identified five major casualties: the shrinking of higher education's sectoral responsibilities; truth-managers mistaking criticism for resistance, staff mistaking resistance for criticism; solidarity - because of the rise of the 'gangs' - the Russell Group and others; students, as quality assurance became ever less effective at delivering enhancement; and the reputation of UK HE abroad, as our determination to label things unsatisfactory advertised the few deficiencies of our sector and obscured our strengths. Join SRHE

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 2014-15 Data

Below are links to HESA datasets provided to SRHE in February/March 2016. 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 2014/15
  2. Staff in Higher Education Institutions 2014/15
  3. Finances of Higher Education Institutions 2014/15
  4. HE Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) Survey 2014/15
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