External sources of information

A wide range of interesting materials to inform educational practice is available on web sites external to the University. We present links to a selection of them here.


HEFCE Widening Participation Improving provision for all students, including students with disabilities.

Skill The national bureau for students with disabilities.

Educational research

British Education Index The British Education Index (BEI) is an authoritative index to the contents of 300 education and training journals published in the British Isles, together with certain internationally published periodicals. The BEI is produced by a self-financing unit in Leeds University Library.

British Educational Research Association The British association for educational researchers.

Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) The Society for Research into Higher Education was established to stimulate and co-ordinate research into all aspects of higher education. It aims to improve the quality of higher education through the encouragement of debate and publication on issues of policy, on the organisation and management of higher education institutions, and on the curriculum, teaching and learning methods. Its individual members include teachers, researchers, managers and students. Its corporate members are institutions of higher education, research institutes, professional, industrial and governmental bodies.

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) HERDSA brings together and informs anybody interested and involved in the improvement of teaching, learning and policy in higher education. It provides forums for the exchange of information on higher education and develops and publishes material for higher education teachers. It has a large Australasian and international membership.

Center for Higher Education Policy Studies CHEPS is a research institute at the Open University and the University of Twente, Netherlands that seeks to make a significant contribution to the understanding of policy-making, governance and management in higher education.

Graduate education

Vitae "Realising the potential of researchers". Vitae is a national organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes.

Higher education policy

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Higher Education Funding Council for England

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education was established in 1997 to provide a quality assurance service for higher education institutions throughout the UK. The Agency is an independent body funded by subscriptions from universities and colleges of higher education, and through contracts with the English and Welsh funding councils.

Universities UK Universities UK represents the heads of all universities in the UK as well as higher education colleges in Wales and Scotland. It aims to be the essential voice of UK universities by promoting and supporting their work.

New technology

Guidelines for open educational resources (OER) in higher education. Published by the Commonwealth of Learning and UNESCO.

Open Educational Resources Commons. Free to use learning and teaching content contributed by teachers and academics from around the world.

Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University The Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University works on the design, developmental testing and evaluation of learning materials and systems, investigations of OU students and tutors and their access to and use of new technology, and professional development in educational technology.

Professional bodies

University and College Union (UCU).UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.