Education Systems

Our research explores how higher education systems can support innovation, how to best define and measure quality teaching at that level, and how to measure post-secondary learning gains

Research, commentary, and events

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    Project

    Examining the quality of career guidance in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    21 Jul 2020

    Surveying 54 secondary schools and colleges and interviewing 10 career guidance service providers, researchers produced a comprehensive picture of how career guidance is provided in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and how these services meet the needs of children and young people.

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    Project

    Scenarios help explore the future of education and youth in the EU

    25 Oct 2019

    Researchers developed a set of scenarios to explore the future of education and youth in the EU, and found that personalised learning policies could be helpful across all scenarios if funded sufficiently and targeted appropriately. Supporting and reinforcing the teaching profession is also key.

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    Commentary

    Is Training for NHS Staff to Manage Workplace Violence Effective?

    04 Sep 2019

    Going to work should not mean being subjected to physical or verbal assault, but this is the reality faced by thousands of frontline NHS staff. De-escalation training may help staff manage patient violence and aggression, but there is not enough research about what works in specific healthcare contexts.

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    Project

    Economic evaluation of the MCR Pathways PSP initiative

    16 Mar 2018

    Using data from ScotCen's evaluation of the MCR Pathways mentoring programme, RAND Europe is conducting a cost-benefit analysis to determine the economic value accruing from MCR participants' achievement of educational outcomes.

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    Commentary

    Professional Expectations, Families and Brexit Shape Future for UK International Researchers

    05 May 2017

    Mobility has become an even higher priority for researchers since the results of the UK’s EU referendum, Brexit. To continue to attract and keep top talent, the UK needs to understand how and why researchers move between countries.

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    Project

    Mapping MOOCs4Inclusion

    28 Apr 2017

    As part of the MOOCs4Inclusion research team, RAND Europe contributed to a literature review to identify recent research on the use of free digital learning by migrants and refugees in the EU and neighbouring countries.

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    Project

    Identifying Successful Innovations in European Higher Education

    23 Dec 2016

    More students than ever are attending higher education, and its provision is becoming more fluid, global and competitive. Higher education institutions need to have a strategy to incorporate innovative modes of teaching and learning, as well as the management and governance of higher education.

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    Commentary

    Before We Measure Teaching Quality, We Should Know What It Is

    29 Nov 2016

    The lack of an evidence base on teaching quality and its impact in higher education points to a need for more research, made more pressing by the imminent roll-out of the Teaching Excellence Framework, which intends to assess and monitor teaching quality at UK higher education institutions.

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    Project

    ImpactFinder Helps Universities Measure the Impact of their Research

    20 Nov 2016

    Since 2014, UK Higher Education Funding Councils have used the Research Excellence Framework to assess the quality and impact of a university's research before providing further funding. ImpactFinder helps universities manage their research funding submissions and identify and review impact case studies.

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    Project

    Defining and Demonstrating Teacher Quality and Impact

    18 Nov 2016

    A review of existing literature on defining and demonstrating ‘quality teaching’ and measuring its impact in higher education mainly found opinion pieces based on secondary, documentary analysis rather than rigorous comparison group studies. This was a significant weakness in this field of research.

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    Commentary

    What Does the Stern Review Mean for the Research Excellence Framework?

    06 Sep 2016

    The Stern Review's release at the end of July raised two pertinent questions about the Research Education Framework. What purposes does the REF serve? And does it offer good value for money for the UK's higher education institutions?

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    Commentary

    European Universities Are Pessimistic About Their Room to Innovate

    12 May 2016

    Higher education is changing worldwide and European institutions recognise the need to keep up. But are traditional European universities innovating enough to remain competitive?