Oxford University college ‘resolves’ cash row with student

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“An Oxford University college will review its admission policies after ending a dispute with an applicant from Salford who said he was denied a place on financial grounds …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 March]

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Students and depression: the struggle to survive

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“The parents of two young men who took their own lives call for greater support for students who are struggling to cope …” (more)

[Simon Hattenstone, Guardian, 23 March]

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Don’t take too much notice of rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

International“Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently chastised Indian universities for having no institutions in the ‘top 200’ of the global higher education rankings …” (more)

[Philip Altbach, University World News, 23 March]

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Debt blamed for university drop-out increase

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“University bosses have been urged to boost support for students struggling with debt after new figures revealed more than one in ten are dropping out of their courses in the Capital …” (more)

[John-Paul Holden, Scotsman, 23 March]

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Scottish universities more elitist than rest of UK

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Scotland’s universities are continuing to lag behind those elsewhere in the UK for the number of students admitted from deprived backgrounds, according to new figures …” (more)

[Rhiannon Williams, Scotsman, 22 March]

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Mr Quinn, please don’t be the one to bring about the end of history

Posted in Teaching on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“History teachers from secondary schools are meeting in Dublin today to highlight their concern at the status of the subject they teach …” (more)

[Independent, 23 March]

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Failed grants IT system cost department €800k

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Technology for the failed online system to process college grants has cost the Department of Education almost €800,000. Despite the outlay, the online Student Universal Support Ireland will be revamped to include basic questions on whether there is another family member applying, and whether there has been a change to family income …” (more)

[Mary Regan, Irish Examiner, 23 March]

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AP wins big: Why a court said clipping content is not fair use

Posted in Legal issues on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“A federal court has sided with the Associated Press and the New York Times in a closely-watched case involving a company that scraped news content from the internet without paying for it …” (more)

[Jeff John Roberts, paidContent, 23 March]

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Ancient light at Cambridge University

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“I stayed on in Cambridge today in order to catch a series of seminars on the exciting new measurements of primordial light from the early universe – the PLANCK satellite measurements of the cosmic microwave background …” (more)

[Antimatter, 22 March]

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New French Science Law Falls Short of Expectations

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

France“Months of consultation with the French scientific community culminated on Wednesday when the science minister presented a draft bill for a new higher education and research law that France’s Parliament will soon consider …” (more)

[Elisabeth Pain, ScienceInsider, 22 March]

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Irish Education in an Age of Austerity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Vere Foster Trust and the Institute of Educational Research in Ireland. Public Lecture Series on Irish Education in an Age of Austerity. Professor Stephen Ball Lecture.” (video)

[Dublin City University, 13 March]

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