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Ref 2014 – your reaction in tweets

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 15:27

Twitter feeds have been flooded with celebratory comments following the research excellence framework results. We pull out some more reflective comments

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Nick Clegg promotes Liberal Democrats school meals policies - video

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 14:07
Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats leader, talks up his party's school meals policies on Thursday. Clegg has said that more than 1.6 million infants are getting lunchtime school dinners which is helping them learn. He discusses how the policies are being implemented, but says there is still more to be done Continue reading...
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Police arrest man after shots allegedly fired at Dorset school ground staff

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 13:50
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85% of primary school students take up offer of free school meals

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 12:53
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Access to music should be every child’s basic right, says singer-songwriter

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 12:30
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Why we must raise the bar to becoming a barrister

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 11:46

The poor calibre of many students on the compulsory BPTC undermines the value of the course

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Lego: can this most analogue of toys really be a modern urban planning tool?

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 09:04

Lego wants to be taken seriously by architects, urban planners, even MIT. Can these pricey kids’ toys teach us how to build better cities, or is it all just brand hype?

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Academics across UK fearful in advance of Ref results

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 08:01
Research Excellence Framework, which judges quality of research, widely criticised as divisive and a cause of bullying Continue reading...
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Three ways teachers can wind down effectively after a long term

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 07:00

The Christmas break is finally here, so how can teachers make sure they leave work in the classroom? Neurologist Judy Willis shares her advice

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Pakistan attack reveals the truth about terrorism: it kills more poor Muslims than rich westerners

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 03:24

In 2013, 12 people died in terrorist attacks in the west compared with 22,000 in non-western countries. How can poor Muslims escape the scourge of Islamist extremism?

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Ref 2014: which subjects are producing the best research?

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:10

Science departments in UK universities have the highest proportion of excellent research, while health studies come out top for their impact success

The results from Ref 2014 are out, provoking sighs of relief (or despair) from university staff across the country. But amid the flurry to decide which UK institutions have ranked top, we take a closer look at how different subject areas have fared.

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Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:01
Results of two-year-long assessment of universities’ research output will determine division of funding

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Cambridge University has been nudged off its perch as Britain’s leading research university, overtaken by its traditional rival Oxford and the London powerhouses after a two-year-long assessment of research quality.

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (Ref), published on Friday, will be pored over by the 52,000 academics at 154 institutions who took part in the huge public assessment of their research output, which determines the division of £2bn of public money in research funding annually.

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University Research Excellence Framework 2014 – the full rankings

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:00

The Research Excellence Framework (Ref) is a quality measure of universities’ academic work, which will decide how much funding they receive for the next six years. Funding experts Research Fortnight created ‘power rankings’ based on how they assessed each university.

Research Fortnight weighted the figures by staff numbers and then created the following metrics:

Quality Index: a weighting of the university’s score based on the expected funding allocation (75% to 4* research and 25% to 3*)
Power rating: how the university’s Quality Index score relates to the top performing university – in this case Oxford
Market share: how much Research Fortnight predicts the university will get of the overall available funding next year based on its results

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We need Red Cross protection for all our schools

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 20:25
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Christmas wind down: 12 handy lesson resources to get you to the end of term

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 17:54

We’ve found 12 marvellously festive lesson ideas that combine seasonal frivolity with an educational twist

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Student raises thousands of pounds for homeless man who offered her money

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 12:13

A Preston art student raises over £20,000 for a homeless man who tried to help her get home safely

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How to survive the worst moments of learning a language

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 12:03

From talking on the phone for the first time to using local slang and being faced with a wall of laughter, Erica Buist on how to get over some of the most painful language mistakes

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UK universities prepare to find out how research activity has been rated

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 10:33
Vice-chancellors will discover results of research excellence framework, which determines distribution of £2bn in funding
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Festive films to murder mysteries: 7 things to keep students busy this Christmas

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 10:02

From baking together to visiting Christmas markets, there are plenty of ways to keep your son or daughter from getting bored over the festive season

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