ACTA opposed by parties representing majority of MEPs

Posted in Legal issues on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“Parties representing a majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) do not support the approval of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) after liberals added their opposition to the controversial treaty, an MEP has said …” (more)

[OUT-LAW, 30 April]

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Thomson Reuters in Trouble?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“The online financial newsletter StreetAuthority has published a list of 12 companies that are at risk because of a looming debt problem. Among them is Thomson Reuters who, among other things, run the Web of Science database and provide the data for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 30 April]

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‘It is only a matter of time before a Muslim student is physically assaulted’ – Muslim students condemn university alcohol ban

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“Muslims students at London Metropolitan University have attacked proposals to ban alcohol on campus as divisive and likely to fuel the far-right. This is their letter to vice chancellor Malcolm Gillies: …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 30 April]

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Learning Spaces in LIT

Posted in Teaching on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“More than 80 educators are expected on the Thurles campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology for a day-long Learning Spaces conference on the 19th of May. The event marks the eighth year of education conference run bv the department of Technology, Science and Media in LIT …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View from Ireland, 30 April]

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SFI-funded scientists to head to Silicon Valley

Posted in Research on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“Two Irish researchers from DCU and TCD have won an opportunity to head to Silicon Valley and meet with business and scientific research pioneers. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is funding the trip, which will be hosted by the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 30 April]

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What part should universities play in fostering academic talent?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“Government is finally investing money in the widening participation agenda, but what more should universities be doing …” (more)

[Kim Catcheside, Guardian Professional, 30 April]

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College staff’s children educated for free

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“Thousands of university staff, including senior lecturers and college heads who earn six-figure salaries, are entitled to have their children’s college fees paid by the State as a perk of the job …” (more)

[Claire O’Sullivan, Irish Examiner, 30 April]

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Public sector talks – A chance to see if reform is succeeding

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“Negotiations between Government and public sector unions begin at the Labour Relations Commission tomorrow. The Government’s objective is to reduce the €500m a year public sector sick pay bill — plus another €300m in the HSE — by changing the rules …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 30 April]

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The Future of Peer Review

Posted in Research on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“This guest post was written by Richard Price, founder and CEO of Academia.edu — a site that serves as a platform for academics to share their research papers and to interact with each other …” (more)

[Scholarship 2.0, 29 April]

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Coping with Email Overload

Posted in Life on April 30th, 2012 by steve

“… I’ve come to the conclusion that I use email to distract myself. Whenever I feel the least bit uneasy, I check my email. Stuck while writing an article? Bored on a phone call? Standing in an elevator, frustrated in a meeting, anxious about an interaction? Might as well check email …” (more)

[Peter Bregman, Harvard Business Review, 26 April]

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Edinburgh University denies treating English students as a ‘cash cow’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 29th, 2012 by steve

“One of Scotland’s most eminent universities has denied treating English students as a ‘cash cow’ despite offering them more places than their Scottish peers for the first time. Edinburgh University has so far offered 4,996 English applicants a place, more than double last year’s total, after SNP ministers allowed them to charge school leavers from the rest of the UK £36,000 for a degree …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 29 April]

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Social Networks for Academics Proliferate, Despite Some Scholars’ Doubts

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2012 by steve

“… Then a colleague introduced him to Academia.edu, one of a growing number of networking sites designed specifically for scholars. ‘Friends told me that it’s basically Facebook for nerds, which I’m very happy with’, says Mr Geltner, a professor of medieval history …” (more)

[Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 April]

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What internationalising universities can learn from big business

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2012 by steve

“Lack of an explicit global strategy can be dangerous for universities, an international specialist from the University of London has warned. Tim Gore, director of global networks and communities for the university’s international programmes, said that institutions can learn from industry in developing global strategies …” (more)

[David Jobbins, University World News, 29 April]

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Concerned academics set up ‘free’ university in Lincoln

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2012 by steve

“Academics concerned about high tuition fees are setting up a university where students can learn for free. The group, which includes lecturers from the University of Lincoln, argues higher education has become ‘highly commercialised and profit-oriented’ …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 April]

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Doubt over credibility of tertiary research rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on April 29th, 2012 by steve

“New Zealand’s third-ever evaluation of the quality of research at tertiary institutions has hit a speed bump. Just months ahead of the cut-off date for the Performance Based Research Fund, the government body that runs the scheme has warned that the credibility of some results might be under threat …” (more)

[John Gerritsen, University World News, 29 April]

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CISPA is a threat to the world

Posted in Legal issues on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“The United States Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has passed in the US House of Representatives despite vocal online opposition, and the surprising threat of veto from the White House. HR 3523 drew criticism because it is purported to be a threat to privacy as it encourages Internet services to share user information with government agencies …” (more)

[TechnoLlama, 28 April]

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Quinn says no to ‘narrow focus’ on university performance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“The absence of an Irish university in the Times Higher Education world reputation rankings is not a cause for concern, the Education Minister has indicated …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 April]

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‘The last thing I want is to make maths sexy’

Posted in Teaching on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“Dara Ó Briain is putting his maths degree to professional use in his new TV series, which hopes to make tricky equations as entertaining as his comedy …” (more)

[Donald Clarke, Irish Times, 28 April]

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NUIM ‘rape tape’ protest

Posted in Life on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“On Thursday April 26th, the Politics and Sociology Society of NUI Maynooth held a show of solidarity outside the Arts Block with fellow student Jerri Ann O’Sullivan who has found herself at the centre of the Garda Ombudsman’s ‘Rape Comments’ investigation in Rossport …” (more)

[Leonie Delaney, The Student Observer, 27 April]

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Water on the brain

Posted in Research on April 28th, 2012 by steve

“… Another sign of Examination Season is the emergence of news stories in the mainstream media concerning Examination Season. Many such stories relate to the latest scientific finding that is somehow relevant to students and their exams. I suppose one reason for this is that most jobbing scientists work on or near college campuses, so their awareness of Exam Season is high …” (more)

[The Science Bit, 23 April]

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