University chief calls for college fees to be doubled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Nearly 100,000 students at Irish universities should pay tuition fees of up to €6,000 a year – twice the current charge – according to retiring NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne who says the idea of free fees is simply ‘naive’. Higher fees should be accompanied by a new scheme of loans which students would start repaying once they reach a certain income threshold after graduation …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 31 December]

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Open access in Germany: the best DEAL is no deal

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 31st, 2017 by steve

“In the worldwide campaign to shift academic publishing to open access, the Germans are fighting a major battle. To many, they look like heroes. ‘Projekt DEAL’ is the name of a German national consortium that includes university libraries and scientific organisations. The consortium has been working towards an agreement with Elsevier that, if the Germans have their way, would make papers by German authors in journals published by Elsevier freely available (open access), at a substantially lower rate than Elsevier is currently charging …” (more)

[Alex Holcombe and Bjoern Brembs, Times Higher Education, 27 December]

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Students cop the blame for pushing locals out of university towns – but it’s not their fault

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2017 by steve

“Local residents of St Andrews feel university growth has come at too high a cost – it’s time for local councils and universities to overcome the divide between town and gown …” (more)

[Ross Brown, Independent, 31 December]