HEER today, Issue 4, April 2014
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The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is commissioning an evaluation of measures and activities which higher education providers offer their students to facilitate and enhance graduate employability.

Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals or organisations who would be interested in undertaking this work, and who have knowledge and experience of issues relating to graduate employability.

More information about the student employability research project can be
found here

Top five new releases...

'You have to be well spoken': students' views on employability within the graduate labour market
Small-scale qualitative investigation into final year undergraduates' perceptions of the graduate labour market.

Returning to STEM: gendered factors affecting employability for mature women students
Argues the case for a life course perspective to be taken on employability, and for a deliberate acknowledgement of gender in higher education and employability initiatives.

Higher education in England: an OFT call for information
An analysis of whether the benefits from increased choice and competition in higher education following the funding reforms introduced in England in 2012 have materialised for students and if any associated risks are being managed effectively.

Unfinished business?: Higher education legislation
The absence of new legislation since the 2011 White Paper has allowed the emergence of different models of higher education providers, characterised by different features and subject to different rules.

Making judgements: investigating the process of composing and receiving peer feedback
A small-scale study investigating why feedback may be failing to impact students' performance, and how peer assessment and composing peer feedback can help students develop an understanding of where they need to get to.

...and some you may have missed

Crafting assessment regulations for first year students: stringency, academic alignment and equity
Investigation of institutional regulations related to assessment, reassessment and progression for first year full-time students on honours degree programmes.

Cultural and human capital, information and higher education choices
Do cultural and human capital factors influence higher education choices?

The pedagogy of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): the UK view
Report focusing on the pedagogic issues and challenges in the current UK MOOC context.

Learning from Futuretrack: Dropout from higher education
Analysis of reasons for dropout from higher education based on the longitudinal Futuretrack dataset.

Learning from Futuretrack: studying and living at home
Analysis of differences in characteristics and outcomes for students who lived at home, or away from home, while at university. The study was based on the longitudinal Futuretrack dataset.

Five most-read summaries
in March

Student expectations and perceptions of higher education
Study exploring the issues affecting student expectations and perceptions regarding the quality of their learning experience and the academic standards of their programmes of study.

The international branch campus - models and trends
Eighty-two branch campuses based in 36 countries are identified; of these 50% have been opened since 2000. Details of the levels and subjects offered and the funding models used are provided.

Understanding student satisfaction and dissatisfaction: an interpretive study in the UK higher education context
Study exploring student satisfaction and dissatisfaction in two business schools to identify the primary determinants of quality within higher education.

How should we measure higher education? A fundamental review of the Performance Indicators
A review of the rationale, purpose and policy drivers for the UK Performance Indicators, their usage and users, and whether they are still fit for purpose.

Trends in young participation by student background and selectivity of institution
Trends in participation of 18 and 19 year olds in higher education institutions in England between the academic years 1998-99 to 2011-12.

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