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Getting started with Teaching for Mastery

Posted by Viv Lloyd on February 20, 2018

A lot of attention is being given to the changes that are happening in the way teaching and learning in mathematics is being approached. What initially may have been a few tweaks and updates to the National Curriculum has been superseded by pedagogical shifts that are rippling through schools. More and more schools are adopting Teaching for Mastery (TfM) principles and are endeavouring to develop this approach in their schools.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

As a University Planner, how can I become more strategic?

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 15, 2018

Against the backdrop of change, particularly in the form of structural change with the Office of Students, a new Education Minister and of course Brexit, University Planners are acknowledging the subtle increasing need to be more strategic. HESPA’s 2018 annual conference, “Strategy in a changing world”, focused on ways for Planners to increase their understanding of the bigger picture and become more of a focal point for strategic business thinking.

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Topics: Higher Education

Student data and GDPR – what are their rights?

Posted by Paul Duller on February 13, 2018

By now, most of us are aware that come May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation will be coming into force – the biggest change to data protection laws in the last 20 years. This will affect how institutions will be able to communicate with students and prospective students – and with the fines being up to £20m Euros or 4% of global turnover, it’s certainly one not to ignore.

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Topics: Higher Education

Student Outcomes in Higher Education: a global review of definitions, data and performance

Posted by Richard Garrett on February 12, 2018

In 2018, OBHE will focus on one of the most important higher education questions- how to define, report and evaluate student outcomes. Outcomes might encompass student experience, engagement and well-being, graduation rates, time to completion, skills acquisition, value for money, employment, salary, and alumni civic participation and life satisfaction. Our interest is certainly in the outcomes of online learning and TNE, our longstanding focus, but in the context of broader debate about global higher education performance.

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Topics: Higher Education

The international study experience in Germany: How does it compare?

Posted by Rachel Worley on February 9, 2018

We take a look at how German higher education institutions performed in terms of internationalisation in the academic year 2016-17. Results are from the International Student Barometer (ISB), the largest annual survey of international students in the world which tracks and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of international students from application to graduation.

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Topics: Higher Education

How much should you love your university staff?

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 7, 2018

Love your staff and they’ll love you back. Staffing profiles may have remained stable over recent years, but this doesn’t mean things have just been ticking over in the same old ways. The recently published 2016/17 HESA Staff record provides details of staff employment at UK Higher Education providers as at 1 December 2016. 

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Topics: Higher Education

What happened when we gave evidence to the Higher Education Commission at the House of Lords

Posted by Jessica Howlett on February 6, 2018

i-graduate, part of the Tribal Group, were delighted to receive an invitation on behalf of Lord Norton of Louth and Professor Simon Marginson to participate in the Higher Education Commission’s sixth inquiry examining Higher Education Exports. i-graduate deliver comparative insight to the education sector worldwide through various benchmarking tools.

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Topics: Higher Education

10 things you should be doing to ensure a successful benchmarking project

Posted by Mat Kirby on February 2, 2018

Undertaking a benchmarking exercise for your university is proven to be beneficial in informing investment decisions, measuring performance and driving organisational improvement. Whether the catalyst is the need to shape the cost base to improve student outcomes, or to identify potential savings, or to monitor growth or investment plans, benchmarking delivers invaluable strategic insight to university leaders. But what is the best way to approach such an exercise? The following checklist covers the most important aspects of a successful benchmarking project.

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Topics: Higher Education

6 ways to brighten up your Blue Monday

Posted by Sophie Fryer on January 15, 2018

If something feels a bit 'off' today, or if you have arrived into work a little deflated, then it's no coincidence. Today is Blue Monday, the supposed 'saddest day of the year'.

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability, Schools & Early Years

Think you know apprenticeships? Five stereotypes you need to challenge

Posted by Hannah Muckersie on January 12, 2018

The Apprenticeship Levy and 'Trailblazer Initiative' launched in May 2017, aims to encourage employers to recruit more apprenticeships and invest in apprenticeship programmes. Recent figures show that apprenticeship numbers are falling, but why is this?

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Topics: Skills, Training and Employability