The very latest higher education idea: pay students to drop out

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2011 by steve

“Here’s an interesting initiative: Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel is offering $100,000 each to 20 students willing to leave university for two years to start their own companies. And why do this, rather than offer the incentive to graduates? Because Mr Thiel believes that ‘ideas can develop in a start-up environment much faster than at a university’. Indeed he is report to want to ‘question the idea of higher education’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 28 May]

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Quinn order on qualified teachers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2011 by steve

“Schools have been instructed to prioritise the hiring of qualified teachers over unqualified and retired teachers from September. ‘Extremely limited circumstances’ in which schools can employ unqualified teachers were outlined in a circular issued by Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn yesterday …” (more)

[Genevieve Carbery, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Universities have no problem with radicalisation, chief claims

Posted in Legal issues on May 28th, 2011 by steve

“Nicola Dandridge, the chief executive of Universities UK, told the Daily Telegraph there is no evidence to link ‘student radicals’ with violent extremism. She said that universities had no more of a problem than the rest of society and that students had to be left to monitor visiting speakers themselves …” (more)

[Duncan Gardham, Daily Telegraph, 27 May]


Shortage of black professors: a failure to nurture talent

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2011 by steve

“It does matter that just 0.4% of British professors are black – 50 out of 14,385. Another day, another story of disproportions. Too many black youths being jailed, too few black youths achieving at schools, too few making their way to our elite universities. Now we know that when they do make it to university the chances of them encountering a black professor seem fairly remote. Does this matter? I think it does …” (more)

[Hugh Muir, Guardian, 27 May]

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