Ranking colleges and universities doesn’t serve a real purpose

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“As a soon-to-be college graduate, my school has given me countless opportunities to do a little bit of ‘career soul-searching’. One of the most recent opportunities was to work with Forbes Media‘s social media and product development team on its annual Top College’s list …” (more)

[Kasey Varner, Guardian, 31 July]

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INMO concerned over Haddington Road interpretation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has written to the HSE expressing concern over the way it appears to be interpreting the Haddington Road Agreement with regard to the new graduate nurse programme …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 31 July]

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Irish graduates in Australia sought for jobs back home

Posted in Life on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“A Dublin-based recruitment firm is hoping to lure Irish emigrants back home by holding a number of job fairs in Australia for positions in the Irish financial sector …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 31 July]

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US Higher-Education System Perpetuates White Privilege, Report Says

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“Colleges and universities have succeeded in attracting more underrepresented-minority students, but that increased access for black and Hispanic students has been accompanied by increasing campus polarization …” (more)

[Casey McDermott, Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 July]

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‘I’m an academic, but I do other things’

Posted in Life on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“Working 24/7 is not the only way to achieve success in academia. There, I’ve said it. A recent article described the working week of people across academia …” (more)

[Eleanor Highwood, Guardian Professional, 31 July]

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Diggers begin work at new Belfast university

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“Work has begun on the new £250m University of Ulster campus in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Demolition squads are razing to the ground the former Playboard building and York House, beside the existing York Street campus …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 31 July]

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What Can’t Moocs Teach?

Posted in Teaching on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“How optimistic faculty members are about the educational value of MOOCs seems to turn largely on what they think of as the status quo classroom experience …” (more)

[Harry Brighouse, Crooked Timber, 30 July]

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Minister sending confused message on Magee expansion – McLaughlin MLA

Posted in Governance and administration on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA, Maeve McLaughlin (Foyle) has called on Higher Education Minister, Stephen Farry to give unambiguous direction on what is required to secure the required expansion of Magee Campus as outlined in Derry’s ‘One Plan’ regeneration project …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 30 July]

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The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

Posted in Legal issues on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“Last year I wrote about some very interesting research being done by Paul J Heald at the University of Illinois, based on software that crawled Amazon for a random selection of books …” (more)

[Rebecca J Rosen, The Atlantic, 30 July]

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A college degree is not the path to the middle class

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2013 by steve

“‘Going to college’ is seen today primarily as a means of either economic or social advancement, but that’s hardly turned out …” (more)

[Timothy Spangler, Guardian, 30 July]

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Universities as Charities

Posted in Legal issues on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“Yesterday, the government published its strategy for promoting education as a UK export. Contained within is the telling paragraph …” (more)

[Critical Education, 30 July]

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ASTI: CEC to meet to consider Haddington Road Agreement on August 15

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“A meeting of ASTI CEC to consider whether to ballot members on the Haddington Road Agreement will be held on August 15th. In the interim of a decision being made on Haddington Road by the ASTI, an agreement has been reached with the Department of Education and Skills …” (more)

[ASTI, 30 July]

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Bundestag president in PhD plagiarism probe

Posted in Legal issues on July 30th, 2013 by steve

Germany“President of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, faced on Tuesday accusations of plagiarising his doctorate. He denies the charges and has welcomed the University of Bochum to check the work …” (more)

[The Local, 30 July]

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Scottish independence: ‘£10bn university shortfall’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“The UK’s universities will face a £10 billion pensions funding crisis if Scotland votes Yes in next year’s independence referendum, it was claimed yesterday …” (more)

[Andrew Whittaker, The Scotsman, 30 July]

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By replacing journal rank with an institution-based reputation system, the looming crisis in science can be averted

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“The broken incentive structure in science can be blamed for much of the alarming trends of the past decades, such as the replicability crisis and dwindling research budgets …” (more)

[Björn Brembs, Impact of Social Sciences, 30 July]

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Susi bosses claim reforms should speed up grants to students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“A range of improvements to the application system should help avoid the delays faced by students waiting on grants last year, claims Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 30 July]

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Linguistic fog in the academy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“A couple of weeks ago I had a telephone call from an old friend, who works for a voluntary organisation that is currently trying to enter into a partnership with a small group of universities …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 30 July]

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Union of Students say gardaí have questions to answer about student protest

Posted in Legal issues on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“The Union of Students in Ireland said gardaí have ‘questions to answer’ about their policing of a student protest following a hard-hitting report by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 30 July]

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Why not make available reviews of an article when it’s published?

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“In response to my post about whether journal article reviewers’ identities should remain confidential (most commenters seem to hold the view that they should), Jeremy Fox mentioned a phenomenon of which I was not aware …” (more)

[Eszter Hargittai, Crooked Timber, 30 July]

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UL ‘committed’ to multi-million investment in city

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2013 by steve

“Approval for a €100 million loan from the European Investment Bank should accelerate plans by the University of Limerick to invest €224 million in Plassey, at University Hospital Limerick and – crucially – in the city centre …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 30 July]

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