This week saw two events at the University of Glasgow that will have a direct effect upon students and the provision of Higher Education. The link between the events is more than just a coincidence or geographical. Very important factors that determine the success of many students in universities were under examination. The Times Higher Education Summit announced the ‘Teaching Rankings in Europe’ that are bound to fuel considerable debate and hopefully action. Preceding this was a conference led by the charity Stand Alone that supports estranged adults, including students. The testimony from students was the highlight of this. The result is two blog items for the price of one.
The Times Higher Education Teaching Excellence Summit.
Resources: Does the institution have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching? This relies on data from other sources ,such as HESA in the UK , and counts for 20%. It assesses staff-to-student ratio, papers-to-staff ratio and the general quality of its services.
Outcomes: Does the institution generate appropriate outputs for students? This again counts for 20% and falls back upon the earlier 2018 THE Academic Reputation Survey in relation to teaching and reported graduation rates. However, it also is fed by the remaining four student questions in relation to skills and the world of work
Environment: Is the teaching and learning environment inclusive. This also counts for 20% and relates to the gender balance in both the academic staff and the student cohort.
 Times Higher Education Teaching Excellence Summit 2018 Glasgow University http://www.theworldsummitseries.com/events/the-teaching-excellence-summit-2018/agenda-5d1f0ada43d742f78f9cf1faac07c7f0.aspx
 THE Europe Teaching Rankings 2018: July 11, 2018. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/europe-teaching-rankings-2018-results-announced
Full results at: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/europe-teaching/2018#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/undefined
 THE Europe Teaching Rankings 2018: Methodology. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/europe-teaching-rankings-2018-methodology
 Prestigious European universities have ‘worst gender balance’. Times Higher Education July 12, 2018. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/fr/news/prestigious-european-universities-have-worst-gender-balance
 Stand Alone web site: https://www.standalone.org.uk/. Support for students: https://www.standalone.org.uk/students/
 'Estranged Students Solidarity Week' 2018: 26 - 30 November 2018. http://www.thestandalonepledge.org.uk/students/su-campaign
 Stand Alone Blog ‘Hidden and overlooked: estranged young people in higher education’. htp://www.sfc.ac.uk/news/blogs/Blog-67714.aspx
 HEPI / Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey 2018 http://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/STRICTLY-EMBARGOED-UNTIL-THURSDAY-7-JUNE-2018-Student-Academic-Experience-Survey-report-2018.pdf