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Who is to blame for overeducation: graduates, employers or policy makers?

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Dr Queralt Capsada-Munsech, Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, School of Education, University of Glasgow It is not exceptional to read or hear from time to time in the media statements and comments about the current excess of graduates and how it is going to negatively affect the economy. The main claims are that if… Continue reading

Brittle Britain: the hidden impacts of Brexit on our education system?

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Professor Anthony Finn, School of Education, University of Glasgow The United Kingdom’s narrow [1] vote to leave the European Union (Brexit) has led to consternation within the UK and across Europe, as different states have attempted to evaluate its impact and consider its implications. Although the triggering of Article 50 will initiate negotiations about the… Continue reading

New ESRC IAA funding for the Robert Owen Centre

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We are happy to announce that the Oscar Valiente and Queralt Capsada-Munsech have been successful in securing a Follow On Fund ESRC-IAA grant entitled “Engaging local and regional LLL policy makers in Glasgow City Region and Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Region”, linked to the impact strategy of the H2020 YOUNG-ADULLLT. As the title implies, this funding… Continue reading

Hidden Success in New York City and the problems of standardised testing

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Post by Hannah R. Chestnutt. While visiting a New York School in a disadvantaged neighbourhood a few weeks ago, I came across a small boy in the school hallway fighting back tears. I had just met with a motivated team of teachers from the school involved in the Learning Partners Program who commit time to… Continue reading

International Men’s Day and its relevance for education

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The 19th of November is the International Men’s Day. This day is used worldwide to highlight issues that especially affect men, such as men’s shorter life expectancy, the high male suicide rate, and the growing educational gap between boys and girls. In my role as a core member of the Robert Owen Centre for Educational… Continue reading

Who Distributes Distributed Leadership?

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By Elspeth McCartney, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK, and Joan Forbes, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK This brief comment is prompted by discussion at a recent seminar on Distributed Leadership: Theory, Principle, and Practice by Professor Jim Spillane, Northwestern University Chicago, hosted by the Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change, University of Glasgow, and the… Continue reading

The importance of higher education for developmental leadership: why context matters

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Post by Michele Schweisfurth. Over the past year a team of researchers has been investigating the relationship between education (especially higher education) and the formation of developmental leadership in the Philippines. Since the Education for All agreements of the 1990s and the Millennium Development Goals, the emphasis for investment in education in low-income countries has been… Continue reading

Cutting further education is imprudent

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By Kristinn Hermannsson According to Audit Scotland, resources of Further Education Colleges in Scotland have shrunk in real terms, with staffing reduced by 9.3% between 2011 and 2014. FECs in England are bracing for further cuts (see:, which in turn put additional pressure on the sector in Scotland. From an economic perspective this is… Continue reading

Are European universities about to take a bite out of UK student recruitment?

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By Sarah St. John– In the news this month, we read of UCAS opening up to European universities so that students can also apply overseas via the online system alongside their UK applications. This news will have pulled opinions in two directions, with some fearing a brain drain as students are attracted to the lower tuition fees… Continue reading

Tackling educational inequity: between and beyond school improvement

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By Chris Chapman Traditionally, we have focused on change within schools. This has delivered some returns: at worst – tactically ratcheting up test scores at the expense of capacity building and at best – increasing schools’ capacity to manage change for the longer term. In addition, improving the learning level is crucial and within-school approaches… Continue reading