Last week had a slightly ‘Ground Hog Day’ feel to it. One recurring theme was the National Student Survey (NSS). In the company of others I spent time looking back at last year’s results and forward to the next NSS, due to start in January 2014. Every year since 2005, Ipsos MORI conducts the NSS. The survey provides an opportunity for students to feedback on their experiences of study at their University. The results are important as these are published and used by students (and possibly their parents) in selecting a University to study at.
He also attacked the widespread metric called an ‘impact factor’ used by many top-tier journals. A journals impact factor is a measure of how often its papers are cited, and is used as proxy for quality. Schekman said the 'impact factor' was a toxic influence on science and introduced a distortion – a paper can become highly cited because it is eye catching, provocative or wrong.