Amazon unpacked

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“The online giant is creating thousands of UK jobs, so why are some employees less than happy? Between a sooty power station and a brown canal on the edge of a small English town, there is a building that seems as if it should be somewhere else …” (more)

[Sarah O’Connor, FT.com, 8 February]

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Lines of beauty: British Library’s medieval manuscripts go digital

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“Nothing brings a book of 900-year-old parchment to life as much as realising that you can still see the hair follicles of the unfortunate beasts who gave up their hides for it …” (more)

[Alice Fishburn, FT.com, 8 February]

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German Education Chief Quits in Scandal Reflecting Fascination With Titles

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2013 by steve

Germany“For 32 years, the German education minister’s 351-page dissertation sat on a shelf at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf gathering dust while its author pursued a successful political career that carried her to the highest circles of German government …” (more)

[Nicholas Kulish and Chris Cottrell, New York Times, 9 February]

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An unruly calculus: doing, funding, and communicating science

Posted in Life on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“I recently returned from ScienceOnline, a meeting for journalists, scientists, artists, teachers, and others who discuss (and do!) science on the internet. This was my second time at the conference and, like last year, I came home with a mind full of ideas about effective outreach, open science, and teaching innovations …” (more)

[Jacquelyn Gill, The Contemplative Mammoth, 8 February]

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Explosive device found at college campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“An explosive device has been discovered at a college campus in north Dublin. The viable device was found near an ATM machine at the Blanchardstown Institute of Technology this morning …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 9 February]

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German minister Annette Schavan quits over ‘plagiarism’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2013 by steve

Germany“German Education Minister Annette Schavan has resigned after a university stripped her of her doctorate for plagiarism. Duesseldorf’s Heinrich Heine University voted last Tuesday to remove her doctorate following a review …” (more)

[BBC News, 9 February]

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Another Ranking on the Way

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2013 by steve

EU“The European Union has just launched its U-Multirankranking system. Data will be collected during 2013 and the results will be out in 2014. According to the European Commissioner for Education the aim is to provide a multi-dimensional analysis of institutions rather than one that emphasises research excellence …” (more)

[Richard Holmes, University Ranking Watch, 9 February]

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Altmetric It Bookmarklet

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“… Using the doi of an article, the Altmetric It Bookmarklet will tell you how many times it has been tweeted, blogged about, shared on facebook, added to Mendeley and more …” (more)

[Michelle Dalton, libfocus, 9 February]

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Future of ERASMUS guaranteed by EU

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 9th, 2013 by steve

EU“The future of the Erasmus European exchange scheme is guaranteed beyond the end of 2013, according to members of both the European Parliament and the European Commission …” (more)

[Greg Bianchi and Daniel do Rosario, The Journal, 9 February]

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Postgraduate education: time for a rethink

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“It’s that time of year again when hopeful applicants are being interviewed for postgraduate places in the UK. The bar is set ever higher: gone are the days when a good first degree would guarantee you an interview …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 9 February]

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Grant clinics set up as students still await payment

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“Student grant clinics have been set up in colleges as thousands still await their grants to be paid or appeals to be finalised. The move, in conjunction with local student unions, is being organised by Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 February]

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What use is an arts degree?

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“… McGuire asked why, with such a specific skills shortage, arts subjects are still popular at third level. The article sparked a debate about the benefits of an arts education. Here’s a selection of the online comments …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 February]

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MOOCs – Mistaking brand for quality?

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2013 by steve

International“In 2012 MOOCs were the sensation of the year in US higher education, and they continue to fascinate the media and bloggers …” (more)

[Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, University World News, 9 February]

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Swiss universities try to catch the MOOC wave

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2013 by steve

Switzerland“Free interactive online university courses known as MOOCs – massive open online courses – are quickly spreading far beyond the United States …” (more)

[University World News, 9 February]

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Horizon 2020 budget set at €69bn as scientists’ pleas ignored

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2013 by steve

EU“The budget of Horizon 2020, the next EU research programme, could be end up being €69 billion, as heads of state have issued their plan for the EU’s 2014-2020 budget …” (more)

[Laura Greenhalgh, Research Europe Today, 8 February]

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Bemoaning the Corporatization of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“… Although answers relating to the increased influence of business in higher ed and the ‘corporatization’ of the university came in fourth place in terms of number of mentions (close to a three-way tie for second, though), it would have come in first place had we measured responses by the heat or passion of the response …” (more)

[Dayna Catropa and Margaret Andrews, Inside Higher Ed, 9 February]

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LinkedIn eyes future as professional publishing hub

Posted in Life on February 9th, 2013 by steve

“LinkedIn spent much of 2012 transforming itself into a place where workers could stay and play a while – a strategy that paid off handsomely …” (more)

[Jennifer Van Grove, CNET News, 7 February]

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