Students not told which universities are struggling

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Figures for university applications are being kept secret – even from ministers – by Ucas to protect institutions that may be in trouble. Is this fair to students? …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 11 March]

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Harvard Offers Explanation for Search of E-Mail Accounts

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Harvard University on Monday offered its first public comments on its searching of staff members’ e-mail accounts, saying that the administration had not notified most of those employees because it wanted to protect the one who inadvertently leaked confidential material to the news media …” (more)

[Richard Pérez-Peña, New York Times, 11 March]

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Celebrity professors, online lectures and employability classes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“A new report from the IPPR entitled An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead warns that British universities are at risk if they fail to respond to competition from abroad …” (more)

[Philip Maughan, New Statesman, 11 March]

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ASTI calls on Quinn to rethink junior cert reform

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Secondary school teachers are calling on the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to rethink plans to radically reform the junior cycle …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 March]

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‘Nicola shouted at me because I said no to sex’, murder accused Richard Hinds tells Japan trial

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“The man accused of murdering Irish student Nicola Furlong by strangulation said the 21-year-old student had started to shout at him in his hotel room because he refused to have full sexual intercourse with her …” (more)

[Paul Murphy, Independent, 11 March]

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Quality assurance of doctoral education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

EU“The European University Association (EUA) has published a new report examining internal and external quality assurance of doctoral education in Europe …” (more)

[Hedda, 11 March]

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Harvard’s Sexual Assault Victims Feel School Policies Favor Their Assailants

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“… Julie, an undergraduate, says she will never understand why the Administrative Board decided in its closed deliberations in the Forum Room on the third floor of Lamont Library to allow the student who sexually assaulted her to remain on campus …” (more)

[Reina AE Gattuso and Jessica C Salley, Harvard Crimson, 11 March]

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Nicola’s dad tells of hurt at attempts to ‘blacken her name’

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“The heartbroken father of Irish student Nicola Furlong has admitted that the family are finding it very difficult to listen to attempts to ‘blacken her name’ in a Japanese court …” (more)

[Nicola Anderson, Independent, 11 March]

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Trinity students blag way around globe for ‘jailbreak’ charity stunt

Posted in Life on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Trinity students have managed to beg, borrow and blag their way around the globe – all in the name of charity …” (more)

[Kirsty Blake Knox, Independent, 11 March]

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Guns On Campus Prove Unpopular Among College Leaders Nationwide

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“As the national conversation continues to focus on how to address gun violence, groups like the NRA and Students For Concealed Carry have advocated publicly to allow students and faculty with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons onto campuses …” (more)

[Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post, 11 March]

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‘Established’ universities could go bust, warns report

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Established UK universities will go out of business within the next 10 years unless they adapt to survive an era of intense pressure driven by globalisation, technology, rising student expectations, and competition for funding, a report has warned …” (more)

[Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, 11 March]

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In Pics: So this is what Trinity College might look like later this week …

Posted in Life on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“We always knew that the St Patrick’s Festival in the year of ‘The Gathering’ was going to pretty … something, but we were not prepared for this …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 March]

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Nicola accused tells court that sex comments were ‘ironic’

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“The man accused of murdering Irish student Nicola Furlong told a Tokyo court today that a recorded conversation in which he spoke profanely about having sex with the 21-year-old student as she sat slumped apparently unconscious was ‘ironic’ and that he didn’t mean what he ‘was saying’ …” (more)

[Independent, 11 March]

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Project adds up but it’s still a work in progress

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Today’s figures suggest that the decision to award 25 bonus points to those who take the higher-level Leaving Cert maths paper continues to encourage young people to move up a level …” (more)

[Independent, 11 March]

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Stress and the Academic I

Posted in Life on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Earlier this year Forbes offered a list of The Least Stressful Jobs of 2013. I shared it with some colleagues and the list has made the rounds on Facebook. Professors replied with anger, outrage, and disbelief …” (more)

[Bill Tierney, 21st Century Scholar, 11 March]

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UK universities ‘face online threat’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“‘Complacent’ British universities that fail to respond to the rise of online universities will be swept away by global competition, says a report into the future of higher education …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 11 March]

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The California Paradox

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Looking at the Times Higher Education reputation rankings, I noticed that there were two Californian universities in the superbrand six and seven in the top 50. This is not an anomaly. A slightly different seven can be found in the THE World University Rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 11 March]

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Debate heckling victim claims sexism is widespread

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“Sexism is widespread at UK universities, a victim of boorish abuse from male students at a Glasgow University Union debating competition has said …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 11 March]

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Sussex University students stand up against privatisation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2013 by steve

“It is a dispute that has radicalised dozens of students, shut down sections of Sussex University for more than a month and won admiration and support from the likes of Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali and the actor Peter Capaldi …” (more)

[Rebecca Ratcliffe, Guardian, 10 March]

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Italian seismologists appeal L’Aquila ruling

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2013 by steve

Italy“Seven scientists, engineers and government officials who were found guilty of manslaughter after the 2009 earthquake in the city of L’Aquila, Italy, all filed their appeals against the verdict in time for a 6 March deadline …” (more)

[Davide Castelvecchi, Nature News Blog, 7 March]

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