Only 25% of Trinity’s Top Professors are Female

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Out of 88 chair professors in Trinity, only a quarter are women, according to a new report seen by The University Times. The report revealed that since 2014, there has only been a 9% increase in women being promoted to the top-level position. The Annual Equality Monitoring Report 2016/17 said that only 22 out of 88 chair professors, the highest grade of professor in Trinity, are women …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 2 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches an online resource to inform Higher Level Institutions’ Student Retention Strategies

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, Minister of State for Higher Education, today 2nd of November, 2017, launched an online resource to assist higher level institutions to create effective student retention strategies and to enhance student experiences …” (more)

[Teaching and Learning, 2 November]

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Elite universities strive for inclusivity – but only up to a point

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“A growing sense of middle-class grievance in the UK would make a radical redistribution of top university places a very difficult political sell, says Sir Nigel Thrift …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 2 November]

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NUI Galway trumpets all they have done for equality but says nothing about the ongoing gender discrimination cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In a press release, reported yesterday by several newspapers including the Irish Independent, NUI Galway trumpeted what they have been doing recently to put right the position of women in the university and other actions for equality. Foremost were the results of the recent promotion round to Senior Lecturer in which 14 men were promoted and 19 women …” (more)

[Micheline’s Three Conditions, 1 November]

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Irish third-level students pay second-highest fees in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students in Ireland pay the second highest fees in Europe, according to a new report by the European Commission. While the UK has the highest fees – equivalent to about €10,000 – it is followed by Ireland with fees of €3,000. A crucial difference, however, is that more than 40 per cent of students in Ireland do not have to pay fees as they are entitled to means-tested grants …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 November]

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The Strange Death of Student Loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Something is afoot in higher education. A few years ago, in the Rose Garden of 10 Downing St, soon-to-be Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made supporting income-contingent loan schemes the price of power …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 1 November]

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Creating a new relationship in research, science and innovation with the EU

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba from the University of Sheffield and Dr Ludovic Highman from the UCL Institute of Education highlight the urgent need for a new partnership in research, science and innovation with the EU if the UK is to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy. The briefing outlines why clarity on the future of the UK’s research relationship with the EU is so necessary …” (more)

[Centre for Global Higher Education, 1 November]

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University systems allow sexual harassers to thrive

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Geoff Marcy. From entertainment to academia, accusations of these people’s abuses of power have helped to create a sea change in the numbers of people willing to discuss sexual harassment in the workplace. Much of the conversation has concerned condemnation of harassers and praise for those who come forward to talk about what they have seen and experienced. This puts an interpersonal frame on a systemic problem. Attention must also be paid to systems that allow harassers to thrive …” (more)

[Laurel Issen, Nature, 1 November]

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Reshaping the tenure and promotion process so that it becomes a catalyst for innovative and invigorating scholarship

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“The metrics used to identify excellence, and on which current tenure and promotion decisions are based, have become a barrier to more exciting and innovative scholarship. Christopher P Long suggests an overhaul of tenure and promotion practices, advocating a holistic approach in which structured mentoring plays a key role and values-based metrics that will empower faculty to tell more textured stories about the impact of their work are developed …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 1 November]

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A new type of hacking puts professors’ accounts at risk

Posted in Teaching on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“A former wrestler at the University of Iowa was arrested last week for his role in a high-tech cheating scheme. The student, Trevor Graves, secretly installed devices called keyloggers onto campus computers and used them to record his professors’ keystrokes. Armed with his instructors’ institutional log-in details, Graves reportedly boosted his grades over 90 times in a 21-month period, in addition to intercepting exam and test questions …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 1 November]

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Plans to promote German research excellence come under fire

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Germany’s latest programme to boost research at its universities and make them more competitive inter­nationally risks missing its goals, according to observers. The Excellence Initiative was launched in 2005 with €4.6 billion (US$5.4 billion) in funding and the aim of creating a handful of elite universities. Researchers across Germany are now preparing for the programme’s next round, dubbed the Excellence Strategy, which starts in 2019 …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 1 November]

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Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Call it a classic case of supply meeting demand. Universities, colleges, even community colleges insist that faculty publish scholarly research, and the more papers the better. Academics and the schools they teach at rely on these publications to bolster their reputations, and with an oversupply of PhDs vying for jobs, careers hang in the balance …” (more)

[Gina Kolata, New York Times, 30 October]

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