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Slack: the social media that’s suitable for work?

Academia and social media are slowly making friends. Some institutions are even finding it's making collaboration more efficient - and fun - by improving communication. Mike Ewen from the University of Hull shares the story of how a small group of social media enthusiasts in East Yorkshire has spawned a UK-wide collaboration network.
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Financial health of the higher education sector: a variable picture

The report shows a financially sound position overall. However, there is significant and increasing variation in the financial performances of individual institutions, with the main financial strength remaining in a small number of them.
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Data analytics – do they deliver?

Data analytics is touted as being a huge help in many areas of higher education. But Alan Lees of Kingston City Group is sceptical that it can replace the bloodhound-like investigative instincts of human internal auditors.
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Graham Baldwin: sector ‘won’t get away with business-as-usual’

From embracing the degree apprenticeships programme to widening participation, Southampton Solent is grasping the challenges of a fast-changing sector. In an interview with Efficiency Exchange, vice chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin says he thinks the pace of change will only increase.
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Split in dropout rate trends across UK – HESA

Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency reveals slight increase in dropout rates in England and Wales generally, though Scotland and Northern Ireland saw a decline in the number of students not completing their courses.
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Catalyst fund: breaking down barriers to student success

HEFCE's new Catalyst fund programme, ‘Addressing Barriers to Student Success’, will tackle the issue of inequality of employment outcomes for some groups of student

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