Porn-Watching Professor Says Visit To Illicit Site Was An Accident

Posted in Life on February 26th, 2013 by steve

Holland“A Belgian guest lecturer at a university in the Netherlands was dismissed after he was caught watching a pornographic video on his laptop after class. But the man claims his visit to the verboden website was an accident, according to a Huffington Post translation of Flemish news outlet De Morgen …” (more)

[Andres Jauregui, Huffington Post, 26 February]

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Girls’ Math Performance Study Points To A Late-Round Rally, Suggests Equal Ability

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Studies consistently show that males perform better in single-event math contests, but new research published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization says those other studies threw in the towel too soon …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 26 February]

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Public servants may lose out on 80 different allowances

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Public service staff could lose out on money paid under 80 different allowances which are already being targeted by the Government for elimination in addition to the controversial measures to reduce pay, premium and overtime rates as part of the proposed new Croke Park agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Government publishes €1bn pay deal as public service anger grows

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“… Third level academic staff will work an additional 78 hours a year to cut out payment for marking exams …” (more)

[Ed Carty and Lyndsey Telford, Independent, 26 February]

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Downgrading Irish University Libraries

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“I have noted previously the hollowing out of the academic sector in the non replacement of professors who have left the Irish universities. Now we also see this in action in the university library sectors …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 26 February]

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LRC’s pay deal proposals published

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) has published the draft public service agreement negotiated between the Government and the public services committee of Ictu on 25 February …” (more, download)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 26 February]

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Can Technology Disrupt Education?

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Sometimes I think there should be a big sign in front of some schools saying ‘Welcome back to the 20th century’. True, virtually all schools have computers these days and many are equipped with smart boards and broadband access. But in too many classrooms the basic method of instruction is much the same as it was when I was in school …” (more)

[Larry Magid, Forbes, 26 February]

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McLaughlin calls for Magee Campus development plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA, Maeve McLaughlin (Foyle) has called on the Magee Campus administration to produce its development plan for the University expansion including the Foyle College lands …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 February]

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Book Review: What’s the Use of Economics? Teaching the Dismal Science after the Crisis

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Diane Coyle has done more than most economists to explain to the general public just what it is that economists do and why economics matters. Her 2007 book, The Soulful Science, is, for this reviewer at least, the best treatment for a lay reader of the key ideas in modern economics …” (more)

[Declan Jordan, LSE Review of Books, 26 February]

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Oxford twice as likely to give top spaces to whites

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Ethnic minority applicants to some of the most competitive courses at Oxford University can be up to half as likely to gain places as white students – despite having the same top A-level grades …” (more)

[Cahal Milmo, Independent, 26 February]

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US science to be open to all

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Government mandates that taxpayer-funded research be freely available within 12 months. The rumours have been buzzing around Capitol Hill since before last year’s election …” (more)

[Richard Van Noorden, Nature News & Comment, 26 February]

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Cuts would be worse without Croke Park deal, says Taoiseach

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny says further spending cuts and tax hikes would have been needed if there wasn’t a deal with public sector workers on the Croke Park deal …” (more)

[Fionnan Sheahan, Independent, 26 February]

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Trade union to recommend vote against Croke Park extension

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“The Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants will be recommending a ‘No’ vote in a ballot of its members on the proposed extension of the Croke Park Agreement …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 26 February]

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Foreign students to stay in migration figures

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“The government has refused to remove international students from its targets for cutting net migration, despite pressure from MPs and vice-chancellors …” (more)

[Hannah Richardson, BBC News, 26 February]

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Research misconduct could carry funding penalty

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Universities and research institutes that do not investigate research misconduct properly could have their research council funding removed. The warning comes in Research Councils UK’s revised Policy and Guidelines on Governance of Good Research Conduct, published today …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 26 February]

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Academia, and working from home

Posted in Life on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“I read a headline today from The Telegraph for an article by Katherine Rushton: ‘Yahoo! boss bans working from home’, and I wondered how that would work in academia …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 26 February]

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Disrupting Higher Education – II

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Last week, Trinity College Dublin hosted an international symposium on Online Higher Education – Disrupting Higher Education to stimulate discussion about technology-enhanced learning …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 26 February]

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Gender attack on universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Scottish universities have been accused of Victorian values on gender equality after new figures showed their governing bodies are dominated by men …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 26 February]

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“The Impact of University Rankings on Higher Education Policy in Europe” by Ellen Hazelkorn and Martin Ryan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2013 by steve

Abstract: The arrival of global rankings in 2003 was a clarion call for urgent reform of European higher education. The results of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education QS World University Ranking, first published in 2003 and 2004 respectively, challenged the perceived wisdom about the reputation and excellence of European universities. Since then, the EU and its Member States have sought to reshape and modernise higher education in Europe. This paper argues that the emergence of global rankings was not only a challenge to perceived wisdom, but also a stimulus for change in European higher education policy. While it is too soon to evaluate whether new policies have made a direct impact on the performance of European countries in global rankings, it is now time for debate on the apparent influence of global rankings on higher education policy in Europe.

[Ellen Hazelkorn and Martin Ryan, “The Impact of University Rankings on Higher Education Policy in Europe” (book chapter), ARROW@DIT]

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More universities try the MOOC model by moving professors’ lectures online

Posted in Teaching on February 26th, 2013 by steve

“Philip Zelikow packs a lot into his modern world history course, roaming in a given week from the Napoleonic wars to Latin American revolutions to India circa 1800 …” (more)

[Nick Anderson, Washington Post, 25 February]

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