Ref 2014: which subjects are producing the best research?

The Guardian Unlimited - 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

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Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university

The Guardian Unlimited - 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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University Research Excellence Framework 2014 – the full rankings

The Guardian Unlimited - 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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Northern universities staff may lose jobs after their research quality is hammered

The Independent - Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:00

Northern universities have taken a hammering over the quality of their research, with academics facing the prospect of being made redundant after several institutions slipped down the rankings used to allocate funding.








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We need Red Cross protection for all our schools

The Guardian Unlimited - 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

The Guardian Unlimited - 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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How many attacks on schools around the world?

BBC - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 15:45
The attack on a school in Pakistan is not an isolated incident
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Student raises thousands of pounds for homeless man who offered her money

The Guardian Unlimited - 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

The Guardian Unlimited - 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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Pakistan mourns its school dead

BBC - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 11:39
Funerals are being held in Peshawar after Pakistan's deadliest Taliban attack left 132 children and nine staff dead at a school.
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Teacher 'hit boy, six, over head with ruler' when he got maths question wrong

Telegraph - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 11:31
Rina Khan hit child after losing temper and calling pupil a 'muppet' when he got maths question wrong in class, jurors told






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

The Guardian Unlimited - 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

The Guardian Unlimited - 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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I hope new special needs money makes councils listen to children like mine

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 07:00
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REF 2014: why is it such a big deal?

The Guardian Unlimited - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 07:00

Results from this week’s research audit will determine universities’ funding and reputation for years to come

After years of stress, in-fighting, anxiety and admin, the day has almost arrived: on 18 December, the results of the latest university research audit will be released.

The research excellence framework (REF), an exercise that assesses the quality of academic research, is a huge deal for universities and academics.

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The persistent appeal of grammar schools

BBC - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 01:54
Why has the interest in grammars been so persistent?
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Schools ‘not getting resources for Roma’

The Independent - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 17:57

Schools are struggling to find the finances and resources to educate Gypsy and Roma children because fear of discrimination means many of their parents are not revealing their true ethnicity, hampering efforts to provide extra funding, inspectors have said. The finding comes as official figures show the number of Gypsy and Roma pupils in UK schools have increased from 16,735 to 19,030 in the past year, after work restrictions were lifted for Romanians within the EU.








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Labour calls for transparency on gender pay gap across UK

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 16:27
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A winter’s tale: don't overlook the value of drama in school

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 15:58

As head of drama Phil King prepares for his school’s annual Christmas show, he explains why theatre is unique in they way it prepares students for further study and work

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Research excellence framework 2014: the postmortem – live chat

The Guardian Unlimited - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 15:05

Join us 19 December from 12-2pm GMT to discuss whether the REF is an effective way to audit research in UK universities

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