Union backs bondholder inquiry

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“A senior university academic is heading up an independent investigation into the mystery bondholders behind Ireland’s crushing national debt. The probe, backed by leading trade union Unite as well as debt and justice campaigns, is expected to report preliminary findings by the end of next month …” (more)

[Independent, 4 May]

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Degrees at St Patrick’s Thurles to be accredited by UL

Posted in Teaching on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“On May 4, St. Patrick’s Teacher Education College in Thurles, Co Tipperary, announced an academic alliance with the University of Limerick (UL). From September 2011, degree programmes at St. Patrick’s College will be accredited by the University of Limerick (UL), and from 2012 graduates of the College will be awarded University of Limerick degrees …” (more)

[Education Matters, 4 May]

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University denies Syria funding claims

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“A university has dismissed criticism of one of its academic research centres after claims it had received funding from people connected to the current Syrian regime. The University of St Andrews launched an internal review of its Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) following accusations that a donation had been arranged by Sami Khiyami, the Syrian ambassador to the UK …” (more)

[Christine Lavelle, Independent, 4 May]

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The shifting balance of university power

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“The shifts in eco­nomic power are being mirrored in the uni­ver­sity sec­tor, both in edu­ca­tion and research. It’s happened before. The global fin­an­cial crisis has exposed a lot of unfun­ded holes in dif­fer­ent parts of the eco­nomy, and the res­ult­ing cuts and re-prioritisations are affect­ing the ways in which a lot of organ­isa­tions oper­ate. Uni­ver­sit­ies find them­selves unchar­ac­ter­ist­ic­ally in the front line of this process …” (more)

[simondobson.org, 4 May]

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A how-to for peer review

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“Your cross-disciplinary grant application has been rejected. Do you wonder if specialist reviewers really grasped its scope? Would you feel more, or less, confident in the process if reviewers were paid? A report from the European Science Foundation (ESF) offers guidance on the fairest ways to evaluate project proposals …” (more)

[Alison Abbott, Nature News, 4 May]

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Scientists protest against proposed stem cell ban

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“Research scientists are openly protesting against a recent motion to ban stem cell patent protection, which could possibly block stem-cell research in Europe. On 10 March, Yves Bot, advocate-general of the European Court of Justice, spoke out against current patents that allow research using embryonic stem cells. Bot argued that it was unethical and immoral to patent human cells for commercial use …” (more)

[Lily Panamsky, The Journal, 4 May]

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Live Q&A: How do you promote female leadership in higher education?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency in 2009/2010, almost half (44%) of all academic staff in the UK were female. But when it comes to senior posts such as professorships, only 19% were held by women. Similarly, across all other roles in higher education, including management and services, women are well represented but again feature poorly in leadership positions …” (more)

[Eliza Anyangwe, Guardian, 4 May]

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Going clubbing

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“During my ten years as head of an Irish university, one of the things I appreciated most was that there were no university groups or associations in Ireland apart from the Irish Universities Association (of which all are members). Well, almost no such groups …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 May]

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£15m business school in a class of its own

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“A new era for business in the city is born as Queen’s opens the UK and Ireland’s first Graduate and Executive Education Centre. The timing has never been better, says Professor Richard Harrison …” (more)

[Clare Weir, Belfast Telegraph, 3 May]

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Online learning bridges the gap from class to the digital world

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“When Anna (not her real name) dropped out of school at 14 suffering from anxiety due to bullying, she felt she would be left behind with no chance of getting a job. However, she was referred to iScoil, a new online learning initiative where she was able to continue her education, grow in confidence and gain qualifications that enabled her to find work …” (more)

[Independent, 4 May]

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Here comes the summer – and kids are going off to college

Posted in Life on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“Summer may be coming for school students, but many of them are barely taking a breath before plunging into more study. Hundreds of students are signing up for short courses or summer camps at universities, learning anything from how to make a mobile phone to forensic science and car design …” (more)

[Independent, 4 May]

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Disability is not a bar to learning

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 4th, 2011 by steve

The Education Profile: Ann Heelan, Director, Association for Higher Education Access and Disability Colleges and employers can find it difficult to see how to include people with disabilities or how to help students and graduates reach their potential. Ann Heelan is working to change that …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 3 May]

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New government could commercialise HE

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“A day after Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party won its third consecutive election and was set to form it first majority government, questions remained over whether pledges to higher education articulated in the March budget that prompted a return to the polls – or those articulated on the electoral trail – would be honoured. Chief among their electoral promises was the Conservatives’ pledge to create 30 additional industrial research chairs for colleges and polytechnic institutions …” (more)

[Sarah King Head, University World News, 3 May]

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In China, Political Chill Begins to Reach Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2011 by steve

“China’s academics are quietly evaluating a wave of detentions among public intellectuals since the start of the year, amid signs that the political chill is starting to reach into universities. While no broad crackdowns on academic freedom have been reported, some recent incidents suggest that Chinese authorities are putting tighter curbs on campus activities that could be deemed political …” (more)

[Mary Hennock, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 May]

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