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The app store for higher education

Ben Williamson A government competition aims to make choosing a degree as easy as swiping a smartphone. Image by Garry Knight App stores are among the most significant aspects of contemporary cultures. Commercial environments where consumers choose digital products, they … Continue reading

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The mutating metric machinery of higher education

Ben Williamson Higher education increasingly depends on complex data systems to process and visualize performance metrics. Image by Dennis van Zuijlekom Contemporary culture is increasingly defined by metrics. Measures of quantitative assessment, evaluation, performance, and comparison infuse public services, commercial … Continue reading

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Edu-business as usual—market-making in higher education

Ben Williamson The Nido Spitalfields Tower, the world’s tallest student accommodation, sits on the boundary of the  financial district of London. Image by UggBoyUggGirl The global education business Pearson has established itself as a major player in higher education around the world. With … Continue reading

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The Office for Students as the data scientist of the higher education sector

Ben Williamson Data play a huge role in British higher education. The new regulator for the sector, the Office for Students, will escalate data collection and use in HE in years to come. Improving student information and data to ‘help … Continue reading

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Globalizing education standards with ISO 21001

Ben Williamson Standards are everywhere but largely invisible. They define the production of things, from the size of a brick or the dimensions of a credit card to the programming languages used to code software, and act as rules for … Continue reading

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Mapping the data infrastructure of market reform in higher education

Ben Williamson A new regulator for Higher Education in England came into legal existence on 1st January 2018. Announced as part of the 2017 Higher Education and Research Act (HERA), the Office for Students was controversial before even formally opening for business. The … Continue reading

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