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REF update for SRHE members: February 2019

Following a recent visit to the Society's offices by Professor David James, Chair of the REF sub-panel 23 (Education) a brief update for SRHE members has been produced as follows: SRHE REF Update


Open Access Publishing: Consultation Responses to Plan S and UKRI

In relation to the 'Coalition S' and UKRI positions on Open Access Publishing mandates for January 2020, the Society has focused its efforts and inputs on two major consultations already underway, and SRHE perspectives and aggregated data have been included in the final documents.

The final submission made by the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) (which also addresses the UKRI position) and the British Academy submission are available from these links

These discussions will continue so if there are any issues you would like to see explored in more detail or would like to see reflected in future responses or discussions do please contact srhe@srhe.ac.uk. In both responses you will see that the position for researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Early Career Researchers especially, are a major area of concern.


SRHE Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018

The Society's 2018 AGM took place on Thursday 18th October at 1630 (430pm) at the SRHE offices, and was followed by a drinks reception and an opportunity to discuss any issues with the Society's trustees (the members of the Governing Council). SRHE AGM Agenda 2018.

We would like to thank all who took part, particularly those members who provided helpful suggestions to move the Society forward looking to 2019 and beyond. The approved minutes from this meeting will be published here in due course.


SRHE Annual Report

SRHE Annual Report 2017The Society's annual report for 2017 is available via the following link SRHE Annual Report 2017.








Video Interviews from SRHE Conference 2016

The Interviews below were conducted during the 2016 SRHE Annual Research Conference, 7-9th December 2016.


Penny Jane Burke talks to Rob Cuthbert
Penny Jane Burke talks to Rob Cuthber

In the above interview, Professor Rob Cuthbert, SRHE News Editor, talks to Professor Penny Jane Burke. Formerly at the University of Roehampton, Penny is now based at the University of Newcastle Australia and has had a long involvement with SRHE, as a member of its publications committee and as convenor of the SRHE Widening Access and Participation Network. In this interview Penny initially discusses her recently launched book, Changing Pedagogical Spaces in Higher Education - Diversity, inequalities and misrecognition - see https://www.routledge.com/Changing-Pedagogical-Spaces-in-Higher-Education-Diversity-inequalities/Burke-Crozier-Misiaszek/p/book/9781138917224. Penny also goes on to talk about her work following her recent move to Australia.


Helen Higson talks to Rob Cuthbert
Helen Higson talks to Rob Cuthbert

In the above interview, Professor Rob Cuthbert, SRHE News Editor, talks to Professor Helen Higson. Helen is Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Aston and is also convenor of the SRHE’s Employability, Enterprise and Work-based learning network. In this interview, Helen talks about her SRHE role, and in particular how this SRHE Network is looking to provide a space for practitioners, researchers and policy makers to rub shoulders. Helen goes on to talk her role as a member of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel, and the desire to help shape this recent policy development.


Green Paper Consultation and SRHE response

SRHE Green Paper Consultation and responseIn responding to consultations on higher education, or indeed seeking to reflect opinions on HE matters generally, the Society has to present a balanced view across a spectrum of many different and often conflicting viewpoints. The BIS Green Paper: Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, published for open consultation on 6 November 2015, presented a number of challenges. The consultation period, although set to be the required minimum of 10 weeks, was short for any organisation not previously afforded the opportunity to contribute and also covered the winter vacation period. For a Learned Society seeking to provide a solid evidence based contribution this was especially difficult. Non-STEM leaned societies were noticeably absent from the list of organisations consulted prior to publication, leaving the social sciences, arts and humanities to start from first base. The format was also challenging in that answering many of the questions necessitated “buying into” premises and proposals that needed to be challenged. Many organisations, SRHE included consequently chose primarily to address issues with some of the main proposals rather than make a full response to the questionnaire.

In order to draw on a breadth of opinion and gather supporting research evidence for the Society response to the Green Paper SRHE embarked on a broad consultation process of its own. In addition to collecting contributions from members of the SRHE Governing Council and Standing Committees, two formal consultation opportunities were organised. The first of these was a meeting convened at the SRHE annual conference in December, when we were pleased to have nearly 100 participants in an evening discussion. This was especially helpful in gathering a range of international contributions as well as UK specific ones. The second event was an invitation event held at the SRHE offices in London where just under 50 invited participants drawn from across higher education in the UK were invited to participate in a series of specially commissioned presentations and an open discussion.

From this consultation process the Society put together a response which sought to reflect opinions which seemed to be widely shared across a range of organisations and HEIs and focussed on issues where it was felt proposals needed much more careful scrutiny and support from a firmer evidence base. What we did not manage to achieve was to marshal the research evidence in time for the consultation deadline. We are continuing to work on this as the discussions on the Green Paper proposals move forward and we would particularly welcome contributions from all our academic research colleagues on collating this research evidence to help us with this process. All contributions should be sent by email direct to the SRHE Director: hsperkins@srhe.ac.uk

The submitted Society response was very strong on the need for the key proposals put forward to be subject to parliamentary consideration, stating that:
“We consider the case for the necessity for primary legislation very well founded and strongly advocate the need for primary legislation to follow from democratic debate in both houses. The fact that no Coalition or Conservative HE reforms have been debated in the Houses of Parliament since 2010 is a matter of concern”.

The full SRHE submission is available here

SRHE 50th Anniversary Colloquium: 26th June 2015

SRHE 50th Anniversary Colloquium: 26th June 2015Our sincere thanks go to all involved in making this event such a success.

The full colloquium programme is now available from the following link SRHE 50th Anniversary Colloquium (June 2015) as are the following:

SRHE & the Changing World of HE: The first 25 years

SRHE & the Changing World of HE: The first 25 yearsProfessor Michael Shattock OBE, from the UCL Institute of Education, London has kindly put together a short history of the Society, tracing its origins in 1965 through to the 1980s, detailing the many changes and key events for the Society over this period.

Printed copies of this booklet are available on request by e-mailing srhe@srhe.ac.uk and a pdf version is available from the following link SRHE & the Changing World of HE: The first 25 years

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