Towards better science: More innovative and robust academic research
The productivity of scientists has been stalling, risking economic growth with it. This briefing explores ways in which government policy can address two great challenges facing academic science: falling research productivity and the trustworthiness of its findings.
|Published:||31 July 2023|
Fulfilling its potential? How well does the careers information, advice and guidance serve the people it is meant to support in England?
This report examines school leavers and adult learners’ experiences of careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) in England. Drawing on focus groups with school leavers, adult learners and parents, plus discussions with experts and practitioners, it presents new evidence on the way that people engage with IAG. The report makes policy recommendations in order to increase the personalisation, accountability, and accessibility of IAG.
|Published:||01 April 2022|
|Author(s):||Niamh O Regan, Aveek Bhattacharya|
Signal failure: How can we get more value and less waste from our education system?
This paper discusses the issue of signalling in education – the possibility that some forms of education may do little directly to improve learners’ skills and effectiveness, but may be used primarily to demonstrate or ‘signal’ their pre-existing traits or ability.
|Published:||30 September 2021|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Chris Percy|
The education divide is about disrespect: why it matters and what graduates should do about it
Disrespect causes disruption – Decision-makers and people with influence urgently need to address the deficit in respect between graduates and those without a degree, recognising that the emphasis on high-level...
|Published:||21 September 2021|
|Author:||Rt Hon Stowell of Beeston|
Not just other people’s children: what the public thinks about vocational education
In this briefing, we present the results of a nationally representative survey which shows that the general public believe vocational qualifications to be just as useful and desirable as a university degree.
|Published:||22 April 2021|
Study buddies? Competition and collaboration between higher education and further education
This report, supported by the Further Education Trust for Leadership, examines the relationship between further education (FE) and higher education (HE) and assesses how the two sectors cooperate and compete.
|Published:||17 March 2021|
|Author(s):||Aveek Bhattacharya, Amy Norman|
Elusive quality: how should we evaluate higher education?
This briefing paper provides an overview of the current system of quality assessment in higher education, exploring how well it functions and the main criticisms levied at it. The report also identifies four tasks for the Government should it want to design a better system of quality assessment.
|Published:||19 November 2020|