“Expert Voices” is an online platform featuring original commentary and analysis on the higher education and research sector in Europe. It offers EUA experts, members and partners the opportunity to share their expertise and perspectives in an interactive and flexible exchange on key topics in the field.
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08 Apr 2020
Considerations for quality assurance in research
Research assessment practices are becoming more accurate, transparent and responsible. This is partly due to the sharp increase in external evaluations of universities that lead to internal evaluation processes. EUA expert Tia Loukkola discusses the role of internal quality assurance in research.
07 Apr 2020
02 Apr 2020
Beyond transformative agreements
The Swedish Bibsam Consortium is taking a leading role in the transition to Open Access and aims to switch from “read-and-publish” agreements to “pure publish” deals after 2024. This next generation of contracts will ensure transparency in pricing, be more cost-effective and have fewer transaction costs than the current, single-paper charging system. Financial transactions will no longer occur between the author and the editor or journal, removing concerns about potential incentives for lax quality control.
18 Mar 2020
Is a curriculum of any use?
Learning is the core of education, and curriculum design is the key to learning. It combines all dimensions of university education and contributes significantly to its quality. This is, however, easier in theory than in practice, according to Petri Sjöblom and Joni Kajander from the University of Turku, who present the challenges and solutions with a working life metaphor.
17 Mar 2020
Setting the path for digital science
While Europe discusses its data strategy, the digital transformation must be on the radar of universities. Digital skills, the infrastructure and support for “FAIR” research data management, and the European Open Science Cloud are crucial elements to foster more digital science, argues EUA expert Lennart Stoy.
09 Mar 2020
How can we afford Open Access in the humanities disciplines?
Open Access publishing needs new business models for universities and disciplines that want to support Open Access but are short on resources. Martin Paul Eve explains how the Open Library of Humanities has pioneered an inexpensive and efficient approach for Open Access publishing with the support of many universities in Europe and beyond.
06 Mar 2020
20 Feb 2020
Erasmus+ and the disadvantaged student: fault lines and hope
The Erasmus+ Programme prescribes affirmative action in favour of disadvantaged students. Unfortunately, it works much less effectively than the European Commission intends. Howard Davies discusses a study commissioned by the European Commission and conducted by EUA that identifies the weaknesses and makes recommendations for the International Credit Mobility programme.
20 Feb 2020
17 Feb 2020
Revitalising the role of universities in scholarly communication
Scholarly publishing is at a crossroads between commercial vendors and community-driven services. Eloy Rodrigues from the University of Minho makes the case that more research-centric, dissemination-oriented and innovative models are possible and that universities should be in the driver’s seat of scholarly publishing.