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Academic Interests

  • Higher education policy reforms
  • Comparative studies of higher education
  • Internationalisation and standardisation in higher education
  • Learning Outcomes
  • The use of indicators and performance measures in HE

Current activities

  • Research Assistant to the project Higher Education Learning Outcomes (HELO), a collaboration between NIFU, PFI, HiOA and the University of Bergen, funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Member of the researcher network Nordic Fields of Higher Education, funded by NordForsk and led by Uppsala University.
  • Member of the organising committee of the Early Career Higher Education Research Network (ECHER).

Higher education and employment history

  • 2010- 2013. Researcher at NIFU (The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education), Oslo
  • 2008- 2010, Master in Comparative and International Education, Institute for Educational Research, the University of Oslo
  • 2004- 2008, Senior Researcher, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, London
  • 2000- 2004, Politics M.A. Hons, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Tags: Higher education, Education


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  • Sweetman, Rachel (2019). Exploring the enactment of learning outcomes in higher education: Contested interpretations and practices through policy nets, knots, and tangles. Doktoravhandlinger forsvart ved Det utdanningsvitenskapelige fakultet, Universitetet i Oslo. 1.
  • Bleiklie, Ivar; Frølich, Nicoline & Sweetman, Rachel (2016). Academic institutions, ambiguity and learning outcomes as management tools.
  • Sweetman, Rachel & Ashwin, Paul (2016). What would socially-just international measures of the quality of teaching in higher education look like?. Show summary
  • Sweetman, Rachel (2015). Learning Outcomes in universities: how are they interpreted and practiced in Norway and England?.
  • Sweetman, Rachel & Ashwin, Paul (2015). Exploring the limits of learning outcomes: the case of international comparisons.
  • Bleiklie, Ivar; Michelsen, Svein; Sweetman, Rachel & Stensaker, Bjørn (2014). The Landing of a Policy Instrument.
  • Sweetman, Rachel (2014). The interpretation and impact of learning outcome approaches within degree programmes: national and disciplinary settings translating a key European concept.
  • Hovdhaugen, Elisabeth; Opheim, Vibeke; Sjaastad, Jørgen & Sweetman, Rachel Louise (2013). AHELO mulighetsstudie: Oppsummering av erfaringene med å gjennomføre OECDs AHELO mulighetsstudie i Norge. NIFU-rapport. 11.
  • Klitkou, Antje; Coenen, Lars & Sweetman, Rachel Louise (2012). Finding Nordic transition pathways: joined-up thinking on sustainable energy and transport. Public Service Review: European Union.  ISSN 1472-3395.  (23), s 408- 408
  • Vabø, Agnete; Ramberg, Inge & Sweetman, Rachel Louise (2012). Independent project support by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. NIFU-rapport. 27.
  • Vabø, Agnete & Sweetman, Rachel Louise (2012). Overcoming The American bubble? The Norwegian Partnership programme (PPNA) for Collaboration in Higher Education with North America. IIE networker, Institute of International Education networker magazine.  Spring, s 48- 49
  • Sweetman, Rachel Louise; Vabø, Agnete & Martin J., Finkelstein (2011). Review of the Partnership Programme in Higher Education with North America. NIFU-rapport. 43.
  • Vabø, Agnete & Sweetman, Rachel Louise (2011). Praksisorienterte studietilbud: Eksempler fra ingeniørutdanning, markedsføringsfag, humanistiske og samfunnsvitenskapelige fag. NIFU-rapport. 3.
  • Sweetman, Rachel Louise (2010). Englands nye universitetsreformer. Forskningspolitikk.  ISSN 0333-0273.  4(33)
  • Sweetman, Rachel Louise (2010). The value of a degree in comparative context: Student perceptions, rates of return and policy trends in Norway and England.
  • Sweetman, Rachel Louise & Thune, Taran (2010). An integrative perspective on the value of a bachelors degree: comparisons of students' views, financial returns and policy frames in Norway and England.
  • Sweetman, Rachel Louise; Johnson, Fiona & Skowron, Louise (2009). Raising Young People’s Higher Education Aspirations: Teachers’ Attitudes.
  • Sweetman, Rachel Louise (2006). Large scale qualitative analysis: case studies of projects using XSight analysis software.

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Published May 24, 2013 2:03 PM - Last modified Sep. 23, 2016 3:02 PM


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