Students must be given more power over the “appointment and appraisal” of principals along with helping set the pay packets of such senior officials, they argued. Read more...
British universities were named among the best in the world on a pound-for-pound basis – measuring research output and the production of a skilled workforce needed to meet the needs of industry. But the study by Universitas 21, an international network of universities and colleges, found that the nation slipped dramatically when assessed by the amount of public and private investment in universities. Read more...
Oddly, they do. Work of sufficient quality to make Stanford one of the best universities on the planet. While famous for computing (and begetting Silicon Valley), most of its departments are now ranked amongst the world’s top five. Nor is it full of geeks: its athletic record is such that, if Stanford were a country, it would have come sixth in the Olympics – ahead of Germany and Australia. Rather than being a Californian freak, it is just the latest example of an extraordinary trend: the way that American universities are making dazzling progress while most British ones are in a state of crisis. Read more...
Calling university administrators: the Guardian University Guide will be published on 4 June. Please check our tables to ensure that we have the correct information about your institution. The launch of the Guardian University Guide 2014 is approaching. We would appreciate it if you could take a look at our preview and alert us to anything that seems amiss. The tables won't provide scores but they do show which categories you'll appear in. There are three thing you need to check:
The main post-publication query we get is "I have just applied to study subject X at institution Y. Why does it not appear in your rankings?" or "You rank institution Y within your table for subject X, but they have stopped offering courses in that subject area." Read more...
Where do you work and what is the focus of your role?
I teach on an MA in English language teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) where most of my students are international. I also teach English for academic purposes (EAP), mainly in-sessional at the moment. Historically, when my university had a very small scale international office, its English language entry requirements were set based on my advice. Now this role is mainly carried out by staff in marketing.
What is your involvement in English language testing?
My main role is outside my institution working with BALEAP, a global forum for EAP professionals. Prior to becoming chair of BALEAP, I was testing officer on its executive for five years and led a working party that developed a new set of guidelines on English language tests for university entry. The aim was to raise awareness among admissions staff and decision makers in universities about how to select appropriate exams for assessing English language readiness for university. Essentially, the guidelines provide guidance on the right questions to ask about the validity and reliability of any given test in relation to making university admissions decisions. Read more...
Patrick Chardenet, Responsable de l’antenne Amérique latine, Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
Mai 22, 2013, 14h00 (heure de Montréal, Canada). Langue: Français
La francophonie universitaire et scientifique joue un rôle dans la construction d'un espace interuniversitaire américain à la fois intégré et ouvert sur le monde. À cet égard, l'Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) favorise les différents types de mobilité internationale des chercheurs et des étudiants. Ces mobilités sont mises en œuvre dans un cadre plurilingue faisant du français parmi les autres langues, un vecteur du savoir dans un continuum variable, entre la production, la diffusion et l´enseignement des connaissances. De Monterrey à Montréal, de São Paulo à Moncton, de Buenos Aires à Port-au-Prince en passant par Dakar, Paris, Beyrouth ou Hanoï, la francophonie universitaire stimule la recherche et l’enseignement comme facteurs d’un développement durable partagé.
Ce Webinaire sera l’occasion de présenter les principes de cette politique et leur application par des exemples d´actions de mobilités mises en œuvre par l’AUF avec ses universités membres, ainsi que leurs perspectives dans l’université de demain.
Patrick Chardenet, Ceann de na antenna Meiriceá Laidineach, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (auf)
22 Bealtaine, 2013, 14:00 (Am Montreal, Ceanada). Langue: Français Teanga: Fraincis. Níos mó...
The Evidence-informed quality improvement programme (EQUIP) is the latest change programme from the HEA and aims to help higher education providers take an evidence-informed approach to quality enhancement.
The programme is designed to enable providers to interpret internal and external data and work towards developing policies and practices to improve the quality of the student learning experience.
The HEA’s change team will provide support and expertise in change processes and organisational development. Previous institutional participants in the EQUIP change programme include The Open University, the University of Huddersfield and Newcastle University.
The Open University used the project to ‘understand the student experience in a changing world’ by rationalising and using quantitative and qualitative information from students about their experiences of modules and qualifications.
While at Huddersfield, EQUIP aided a focus on developing virtual learning environments (VLEs) to enhance the student learning experience.
Newcastle University’s participation in the change programme involved using evidence from UK and international students about their experiences to promote learning experiences abroad for UK students and to engage more effectively with incoming students.
The call for applications opens today (8 May 2013) and closes on 28 June 2013. The year-long programme will begin in September 2013.
Higher education providers are experiencing unprecedented changes which are challenging traditional approaches to learning and teaching. The HEA offers a range of services designed to help institutions, faculties and/or departments adapt to these changes and thereby enhance the student learning experience.
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Evidence-informed quality improvement programme (EQUIP)
EQUIP is a one-year programme to help providers develop a widespread evidence-informed approach to quality enhancement. It will help HEIs to interpret and apply the institutional and national evidence to the learning experiences of their students.
The call for expressions of interest to participate is now open. The programme will run from Septembe 2013 to September 2014.
Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.
Current Change Programmes
- Green Academy
- Student Retention and Success
- Recognising Teaching Excellence
- Students as Partners
Our short guide provides an overview of our services for 2012-13, the nature of our support and the benefits of participation. Download the HEA Short Guide to Change Services.
Past Change Programmes
Click here to view all past HEA Change Programmes.
In the Perspektywy University Ranking 2013 overall as many as 33 criteria were used, grouped into six categories: prestige - with the weight of 25%, academic strength (potential) – (15%), academic effectiveness (30%), studying environment (10%), internationalization (15%), and innovation (5%). The results of the Perspektywy University Ranking 2013 were announced in Warsaw in the presence of highest officials the Ministery of Science and Higher Education, the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences and members of the academic community.
To assure quality and transparency, the Board that supervised ranking process was composed of former rectors and outstanding public figures. Prof. Michal Kleiber, President of the Polish Academy of Science chaired the Ranking Board (Kapituła in Polish). In fact, Perspektywy ranking consists not of one but several rankings. The ranking of academic institutions (universities) is the main and the most important one but it there are also: ranking of master level private institutions, ranking of bachelor (engineer) level private institutions on, and ranking of state vocational institutions. Altogether 219 Polish higher education institutions were evaluated in the 2013 ranking. In addition to the Perspektywy University Ranking, Ranking by Field of Study was also published covering 40 most popular fields such as humanities, social sciences, nature, science, psychology, law, engineering, technology and IT.
The 14th edition of Perspektywy University Ranking was published together with a leading Polish daily newspaper “Rzeczpospolita”. All results are listed on www.perspektywy.pl (in Polish). More information: Waldemar Siwinski, email@example.com.