What’s fun to teach?

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2013 by steve

“It is easy to imagine that university teaching gets more fun, the more advanced are the students that you are teaching … third year undergraduates more rewarding than second years, second year undergraduates more rewarding than first year, and postgraduates more rewarding than undergraduates …” (more)

[A Don’s Life, 3 February]

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Academic reference inflation has set in, and everyone is simply wonderful

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Time for academia to follow the rest of the world of work and seek references only at the final stage – and in the short form, says Jonathan Wolff …” (more)

[Guardian, 28 January]

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Article in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2013 by steve

USA“The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article by Debra Houry on university rankings. She makes some pertinent comments although her recommendations at the end are either impractical or likely to make things worse …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 February]

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Probe focuses on firms linked to institute’s ex-boss

Posted in Legal issues on February 3rd, 2013 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s statutory inspection of the embattled Waterford Institute of Technology is centring on companies linked to its former president, the Sunday Independent can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 3 February]

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