Belfast uni considers cross-border professorships to keep EU cash

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A top UK university is considering creating joint academic posts with institutions in the Irish Republic to ensure it still benefits from post-Brexit European research funding. Queen’s in Belfast, a member of the Russell Group of leading research-driven universities, is exploring the potential of establishing shared professorships with colleges in Dublin and elsewhere south of the Irish border …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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Men get most of the research funding – it’s a serious problem for women and science

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“In UK universities there are far fewer women in senior posts than men – particularly at professor level. Putting aside teaching, to reach this status, an academic typically needs to have completed a considerable amount of research. Research takes time, and if people want to succeed in academia, they have to apply for funding. This is where one key difference lies …” (more)

[Michael Head, The Conversation, 10 October]

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€47.5m Increase in Funding For Higher Education in Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has announced a €47.5 million increase in funding for the higher and further education sector in today’s Budget 2018, a significant increase in financial support as the sector waits for a final decision on a funding model. The government will also make €310 million available to 2021 to address the infrastructure needs of the sector …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 10 October]

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Trinity’s Legal Bill Hit €550,000 in 2016

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity spent €550,000 on legal fees in 2016, over €300,000 more than in 2015, The University Times has learned, as the number of legal firms used by Trinity has swollen in the last several years. From spending €44,000 between September and December in 2014, the legal fees paid by Trinity have jumped significantly to over €556,000 …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 10 October]

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Publishers vs ResearchGate: an academic’s view

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

International“Cast your mind back 20 years, to 1997. Tony Blair had just entered Downing Street and in the music industry CDs dominated and the A&R guy was king. Within a few short years, the internet had changed the music industry forever, through the music sharing site Napster …” (more)

[Billy Hunter, Times Higher Education, 10 October]

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Belfast council has ‘graduated response’ to Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has defended not issuing any fines last month for on-street drinking in the Holylands, saying it adopted a ‘graduated response’. It said this involved advising students of the law during the freshers’ period and ‘warning them that they could be prosecuted’ for anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 9 October]

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Funding third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I am glad to see The Irish Times has highlighted the third-level student demonstration against student loans and the underfunding of this sector (News, October 4th and 5th). In 2008, the Department of Education contributed €8,100 per student in our institutes of technology, while in 2017 it is spending only €3,950 per student …” (more)

[Fabian McGrath, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Global declaration which strengthens the links between cities and their universities endorsed by NUIG and city council

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A global declaration which strengthens the links between cities and their universities has been endorsed by NUI Galway and Galway city council. The Poitiers Declaration is an initiative of the Coimbra group of 40 international universities, of which NUI Galway is a founding member …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 9 October]

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The philosopher’s stone

Posted in Teaching on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“Outside of the world of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, little attention is probably paid these days to the philosopher’s stone, or indeed the study of alchemy from which it derived. Even if we don’t now want to focus on the ostensible chemical transformation suggested by the concept (of base metals into gold or silver), alchemy provided an interesting framework for the study of life, enlightenment and perfection …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 October]

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