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Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university

Results of two-year-long assessment of universities’ research output will determine division of funding• See the full university rankings hereCambridge University has been nudged off its perch as Britain’s leading research university, overtaken by its traditional rival Oxford and the London powerhouses after a two-year-long assessment of research quality.The results of the 2014 Research Ex

Ref 2014: which subjects are producing the best research?

Science departments in UK universities have the highest proportion of excellent research, while health studies come out top for their impact success*Ref 2014: the full rankings*Ref 2014: subjects results in full*Why is the research excellence framework such a big deal?Theresults from Ref 2014 are out, provoking sighs of relief (or despair) from university staff across the country. But

University Research Excellence Framework 2014 – the full rankings

The Research Excellence Framework (Ref) is a quality measure of universities’ academic work, which will decide how much funding they receive for the next six years. Funding experts Research Fortnight created ‘power rankings’ based on how they assessed each university. Research Fortnight weighted the figures by staff numbers and then created the following metrics:Quality Index: a weighting

Research excellence framework 2014: the postmortem – live chat

Join us 19 December from 12-2pm GMT to discuss whether the Ref is an effective way to audit research in UK universities *Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university*See the full university rankings here*Which subjects are producing the best research?*Uni staff say Ref has fuelled campus bullyingConversations about the research excellence framework (Ref) tend to ge

Ref 2014 – your reaction in tweets

Twitter feeds have been flooded with celebratory comments following the research excellence framework results. We pull out some more reflective comments *Oxford overtakes Cambridge as Britain’s top research university*See the full university rankings here*Which subjects are producing the best research?*Uni staff say Ref has fuelled campus bullying Continue reading...

Nick Clegg promotes Liberal Democrats school meals policies - video

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats leader, talks up his party's school meals policies on Thursday. Clegg has said that more than 1.6 million infants are getting lunchtime school dinners which is helping them learn. He discusses how the policies are being implemented, but says there is still more to be done Continue reading...

Police arrest man after shots allegedly fired at Dorset school ground staff

Staff and children kept briefly inside Highcliffe school, Christchurch, after workers reportedly shot at by ‘air weapon’ Continue reading...

85% of primary school students take up offer of free school meals

Liberal Democrats welcome figures after initiative to provide free dinners to all children regardless of wealth of their parents Continue reading...

Access to music should be every child’s basic right, says singer-songwriter

Rumer was the heroine at an event on the future of music education which highlighted both positives and negatives Continue reading...

Why we must raise the bar to becoming a barrister

The poor calibre of many students on the compulsory BPTC undermines the value of the course*Read more stories about studying law Continue reading...

Lego: can this most analogue of toys really be a modern urban planning tool?

Lego wants to be taken seriously by architects, urban planners, even MIT. Can these pricey kids’ toys teach us how to build better cities, or is it all just brand hype?*Quiz: Can you identify the cities from these Lego landmarks? Continue reading...

Academics across UK fearful in advance of Ref results

Research Excellence Framework, which judges quality of research, widely criticised as divisive and a cause of bullying Continue reading...

Three ways teachers can wind down effectively after a long term

The Christmas break is finally here, so how can teachers make sure they leave work in the classroom? Neurologist Judy Willis shares her advice Continue reading...

Pakistan attack reveals the truth about terrorism: it kills more poor Muslims than rich westerners

In 2013, 12 people died in terrorist attacks in the west compared with 22,000 in non-western countries. How can poor Muslims escape the scourge of Islamist extremism? Continue reading...

We need Red Cross protection for all our schools

After the horror of Peshawar, the world must ensure that classrooms never become instruments of war Continue reading...

Christmas wind down: 12 handy lesson resources to get you to the end of term

We’ve found 12 marvellously festive lesson ideas that combine seasonal frivolity with an educational twist Continue reading...

Student raises thousands of pounds for homeless man who offered her money

A Preston art student raises over £20,000 for a homeless man who tried to help her get home safely Continue reading...

How to survive the worst moments of learning a language

From talking on the phone for the first time to using local slang and being faced with a wall of laughter, Erica Buist on how to get over some of the most painful language mistakes Continue reading...

UK universities prepare to find out how research activity has been rated

Vice-chancellors will discover results of research excellence framework, which determines distribution of £2bn in funding Continue reading...

Festive films to murder mysteries: 7 things to keep students busy this Christmas

From baking together to visiting Christmas markets, there are plenty of ways to keep your son or daughter from getting bored over the festive season Continue reading...

I hope new special needs money makes councils listen to children like mine

Until everyone understands the invisible impairments children have, I will fight on for them to be heard Continue reading...

REF 2014: why is it such a big deal?

Results from this week’s research audit will determine universities’ funding and reputation for years to come*Join our REF live chat 19 December from 12-2pm GMT Continue reading...

Bullying in higher education: it's time to hold the sector to account

We should be worried about the competence of those running our universities, says Gus John, who identifies three reasons why bullying goes unchecked in academia• Struggle for top research grades fuels bullying among university staff•Bullying in universities: three staff members share their stories Continue reading...

Top 10 Christmas presents for language learners - in pictures

If someone you know has learning a language as a New Year’s resolution, here are few ideas for a perfect gift to help them on their way Continue reading...

An education book that changed me: favourite reads revealed

Is there a particular education book that has excited or influenced you? Here are some recommendations. And now tell us yours ... Continue reading...

Will teachers’ lists of what wastes their time be taken seriously?

Teachers will be justifiably angry if their 44,000 responses to the government’s ‘workload challenge initiative’ end up changing nothing Continue reading...

Have we got advice for you: DfE ‘learns lessons’ from Mark Steel campaign

DfE officials fear media-savvy parent campaigns; ‘top’ primary school under investigation; strange goings-on in Lewisham; and yet another controversial conversion Continue reading...

Some of us fear the impact of cuts in 2016 more than the research funding results

Which will have the most impact on higher education funding: this week’s Research Excellence Framework or the long-term effects of public sector cuts? Continue reading...

Bullying in universities: three staff members share their stories

Higher education network readers explain how bullying affected their working lives – and what support they received from their university*Struggle for top research grades fuels bullying among university staff Continue reading...

Education Guardian wins at journalism awards

Louise Tickle wins CIPR award for National Education Journalism and Janet Murray is runner up Continue reading...


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