Don’t Judge a College’s Value by Graduates’ Paycheck

Posted in Legal issues on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The focus in federal policy making and rhetoric on earnings data as the indicator of the value of higher education will further the growing perception that a college degree should be simply a ticket to a first job, rather than a passport to a lifetime of citizenship, opportunity, growth and change …” (more)

[Drew Faust, New York Times, 21 February]

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‘No2USI’ – Myths Busted

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“I’ve been keeping an eye on the debate happening in UCD over affiliation to USI for the past few days. I’m aware that referendums are happening in DCU & Maynooth as well, but UCD has particularly crossed my radar due to the arguments springing up …” (more)

[rachelbarry, 22 February]

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The University and the globalised learning landscape

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“In a post on Globalisation and the University, I picked up on William Robinson’s work on the mechanisms by which a transnational capitalist class, acting through a transnational state apparatus, and supported by a neoliberal political society, hatched from within national capitals …” (more)

[Richard Hall’s Space, 22 February]

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Obama Administration backs open access to all federal research

Posted in Research on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Today, John Holdren, the head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced that the administration is adopting a policy that would see nearly all of the science papers produced through federal funding made accessible to the public within a year of their publication …” (more)

[John Timmer, Ars Technica, 22 February]

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LSE Middle East conference abruptly cancelled

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“A top London university has abruptly pulled out of a conference scheduled to be held on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates. The London School of Economics (LSE) cited concerns about restrictions that ‘threatened academic freedom’ …” (more)

[Bill Law, BBC News, 22 February]

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Harvard Nap Room Under Consideration After Student’s Petition Finds Support

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“… Hou found in an online survey, which 432 undergraduates responded to, that just 21% of Harvard undergrads felt like they got enough sleep, and that nearly 60% were in favor of establishing a nap room, The Harvard Crimson reports …” (more)

[Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post, 22 February]

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More Rankings on the Way

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

International“Soon it will be springtime in the Northern hemisphere and spring would not be complete without a few more rankings. The Times Higher Education reputation rankings will be launched in early March …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 February]

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Changing England’s ‘Downton Abbey’ View of Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“… In England, universities tend to be stuck in a rut occasioned by the Downton Abbey class – or should I say, caste – habits, which often still pertain when it comes to higher education. The result is that every university tends to be placed in a hierarchy …” (more)

[Nigel Thrift, Chronicle of Higher Education, 22 February]

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My blind spot, my students and me

Posted in Life on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Registered blind since birth, languages lecturer Hannah Thompson explains why she only recently made her partial blindness an integral part of her teaching and research …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 22 February]

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Protecting the reputation of schools and universities

Posted in Legal issues on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“You can say what you like about local authorities – and people do, knowing that the authority itself (as opposed to any individual member or employee) cannot sue in defamation. This was first established back in 1891 in Manchester Corporation v Williams [1891] 1 QB 94 …” (more)

[11KBW Education Law Blog, 22 February]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Farms

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason Student Universal Support Ireland insist on obtaining financial accounts to accompany student grant applications from farms which are in receipt of the farm assist scheme, a payment which is only made to those families working on small low income farms; if he will clarify the reason a statement from the Department of Social Protection detailing farm assist payment is not sufficient to enable the processing of the initial student grant application …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 21 February]

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Proposed pay cuts ‘a monstrous betrayal’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said there is no point in TDs attempting to second guess the outcome of Croke Park agreement negotiations. ‘The only matter of which we can be sure is that those discussions are under way’ …” (more)

[Michael O’Regan, Irish Times, 22 February]

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In search of excellence in education

Posted in Teaching on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Fintan O’Toole (Opinion, February 19th) describes how teaching is often no longer viewed as a high status profession, but rather a low status, insecure, casual job. This toxic view of the teaching profession is familiar to those of us working to educate …” (more)

[Alan Costello, Irish Times, 22 February]

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Council to consider Project Maths syllabus concerns

Posted in Teaching on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The body which designed the Project Maths syllabus says it will take on board the concerns of teachers about its length and suitability. In a report to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the Irish Maths Teachers Association (IMTA) raised difficulties with the course …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 February]

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Gardai picket ‘closed-door’ talks over public-sector pay

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Up to 30 gardai have picketed public sector pay talks amid claims they have been frozen out of negotiations. The Garda Representative Association (GRA) insisted it will not stop trade unionists or government officials from passing the protest line outside Lansdowne House in Dublin …” (more)

[Sarah Stack and Ed Carty, Independent, 21 February]

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Defender George won’t face DCU as he risks ban

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Dublin Institute of Technology have been told Ballymun Kickhams player Seán George could face a lengthy suspension if he plays against holders Dublin City University in this afternoon’s Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup semi-final at Athlone IT …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 February]

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Teachers to lose supervision and substitution pay under new deal

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Teachers will lose their supervision and substitution pay – which costs the Government €125m a year – under a likely new pay deal …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 22 February]

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Peers lament open access ‘confusion’

Posted in Research on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“The lack of clarity over Research Councils UK’s new open access policy is ‘unacceptable’ and government ministers should learn lessons from the confusion, according to a House of Lords report …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Times Higher Education, 22 February]

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City University London removes Muslim Friday prayer room

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

“… City said it acted because students had refused to submit the proposed content of sermons to the university before prayers to check its ‘appropriateness’. Wasif Sheikh, who leads the group, said: ‘We feel we are being unjustly targeted …'” (more)

[Secunder Kermani, BBC News, 22 February]

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Meet the New European Universities Joining Coursera

Posted in Teaching on February 22nd, 2013 by steve

EU“Yesterday, we welcomed 29 new universities to the Coursera community. The incredible faculty at these universities bring with them many years of experience providing top quality education to students from around the world …” (more)

[Coursera Blog, 21 February]

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