Will Rankings Ever Change Higher Education? A Short History of a Long Shot

A discussion about the recent article published in Inside Higher Education that reports on a 'call for change' in business schools by 21 academics, arguing that organisations within higher education should not be ranked in simple number order, and that the rankings themselves are biased in favour of traditional postgraduate course delivery.

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Publishing Art History Digitally: The Present and the Future

This report aims to document some of the innovation and experimentation occurring in publishing within the field of digital art history. Drawing from a recent symposium at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, the article highlights exemplars in digital art history publishing and extracts some motifs to find best practices and emerging trends within the field.

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‘It Takes Two to Tango’ – Is There a Need for New Practices in the Universities?

NESTA and UCL held a joint symposium entitled ‘Responsible Innovation and the Role of Universities’ on 16th March 2017. It challenged many traditional practices and suggested that some are indeed‘broken’. The author attended this and reflects on a previous provocative presentation of his relating to the contemporary concern for the ‘impact’ of research activity in the Universities outside academia. He proposes that Professional Bodies should have a greater involvement in assessing University research outcomes; and there is a need for a CERC – Creative Economy Research Council having more empathy with the creative industries; and that all University students should have to do an ‘art & design’ module to pass their Honours Degrees.

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Power to the Academics, and Their Employers!

Scholarly publishing is at a crossroads. For far too long, publishers have made huge profits from the work of academics who see dwindling financial returns for their research, to the detriment of students and libraries who in turn face skyrocketing prices for textbooks and journals… until now.

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