Segregated Seating Row At UCL Debate Between Islam And Atheism

Posted in Life on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“An academic says he threatened to walk out of a debate hosted by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) because organisers tried to segregate the audience …” (more)

[Tom Moseley, Huffington Post, 10 March]

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Preserving data

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2013 by steve

InternationalTimes Higher and QS have both renovated their ranking pages recently and both seem to have removed access to some data from previous years …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 March]

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Trinity Courses Show Strong Demand in CAO Applications for 2013

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“This year 8,037 students selected Trinity College Dublin as their first preference in their CAO applications. This is the second year in a row that the university has hit the 8,000 mark …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 10 March]

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Nicola’s dad: Sex claims ‘make my blood boil’

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“The father of murdered Irish student Nicola Furlong has criticised the defence team representing her alleged murderer for trying to blacken his daughter’s character …” (more)

[Independent, 10 March]

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Open Access, ‘Neoliberalism’, ‘Impact’ and the Privatisation of Knowledge

Posted in Research on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“One of the problems with Open Access (both the movement and the practice), one that rings alarm bells in certain sectors, is the fact that the term ‘open’ is inextricably linked to neoliberal paradigms …” (more)

[Martin Paul Eve, 10 March]

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Saying What You Mean to Say

Posted in Life on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“Some years ago I came across a psychology paper which suggested that letters of reference are subtly (or even not-so-subtly) gendered. I had never thought about it before, but it made me think much harder about the adjectives and roles I wrote about for both men and women when I write my own reference …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 10 March]

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The Road to the Structured PhD

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“Once upon a time, the PhD was a qualification that only a very small percentage of graduates pursued. PhD students were among the best of the best, at least as measured by purely academic ability …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 10 March]

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High-impact journals: where newsworthiness trumps methodology

Posted in Research on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“Here’s a paradox: Most scientists would give their eye teeth to get a paper in a high impact journal, such as Nature, Science, or Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Yet these journals have had a bad press lately …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 10 March]

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Sexism at Glasgow University – a minority of idiots or an ugly tradition?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“Few students were surprised by the allegations of sexist heckling of two female guest speakers at Glasgow University Union’s annual Ancients Debating Championship last week. But over recent days, there has been a recounting of a litany of even more distressing tales of harassment …” (more)

[Louise Wilson, Herald Scotland, 10 March]

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Harvard Hacked Staff E-Mails

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“Harvard secretly searched the e-mail accounts of several of its staff members last fall, looking for the source of news media leaks about its recent cheating scandal, but did not tell them about the searches for several months …” (more)

[Richard Pérez-Peña, New York Times, 9 March]

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Budget Crisis Hurts University Research Programs

Posted in Research on March 10th, 2013 by steve

“… But now some of the largest US research universities fear that spending cuts under sequestration could lead to layoffs, curtail scientific discovery and leave a generation with less access to careers in science …” (more)

[Gabriel Debenedetti and Peter Rudegeair, Huffington Post, 9 March]

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