Time to end the academic arms race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2018 by steve

International“There are plenty of good reasons for a young person to choose to go to university: intellectual growth, career opportunities, having fun. Around half of school-leavers in the rich world now do so, and the share is rising in poorer countries, too …” (more)

[Economist, 1 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2018 by steve

IrelandGerry Horkan (Fianna Fail): I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who has responsibility for higher education, to the House. Mary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I thank the Acting Chairman …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 31 January]

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Will other countries follow Germany into battle with Elsevier?

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2018 by steve

“Germany is thought to be saving more than €10 million (£8.7 million) a year in journal subscription fees after calling the bluff of the world’s biggest academic publisher during a negotiation stand-off. Elsevier, long criticised by some academics for what they see as its excessive profits and resistance to open access, is now afraid to cut off German universities’ access to its journals even though their contracts have expired, according to an outspoken negotiator for the German side …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 1 February]

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Lecturers face investigation if average mark below 2:1

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2018 by steve

“Staff at a Russell Group university have been told that they will face investigation over their grading if they award average marks lower than a 2:1. In an email seen by Times Higher Education, lecturers at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Business and Management are told that they must remember what is called the ’60:60:60 principle’ when assessing students’ work …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 1 February]

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Carlow IT is banning smoking from all main outdoor areas

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Carlow is banning smoking from all its main outdoor areas. From next month, lighting up will be restricted to three designated shelters across the campus to create a smoke-free environment …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 February]

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Ulster University study highlights student mental health problems

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2018 by steve

“More than half of Ulster University (UU) undergraduates who took part in a major study reported suffering a mental health problem. That is according to a detailed student wellbeing survey carried out by researchers at the university …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 1 February]

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Technological Universities Bill 2015: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2018 by steve

IrelandMary Mitchell O’Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael): I am honoured to be in this House to introduce the Technological Universities Bill 2015. I am very pleased to be able to introduce a much strengthened Bill to the House on foot of a comprehensive consultation process with key stakeholders and a very co-operative and informed debate in the Dáil. I hope all Senators will agree that this is a very important Bill for the future of higher education in Ireland. It represents a sea change in the higher education landscape …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 30 January]

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Horizon 2020 Strategy Funding

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount drawn down by Ireland from the Horizon 2020 fund to date; and the areas to which the funds have been allocated …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 January]

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