Must academic evaluation be so citation data driven?

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2018 by steve

“For the past quarter-century, I have reviewed cases for academic tenure and promotion in many disciplines in many countries. Usually what is required is an evaluation of the candidate’s research record. Teaching and, increasingly, public engagement are also mentioned as factors to weigh …” (more)

[Steve Fuller, University World News, 28 September]

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Cern membership ‘vital for Irish universities’

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland must apply for membership of the world-renowned European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) in order to combat the effect of Brexit and boost university rankings. That is according to Cork senator Colm Burke as the campaign to join Cern gains momentum, after Ireland recently became a member of the European Space Observatory …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare, Irish Examiner, 29 September]

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Ulster University in climbdown over web claim it’s in top 3% of universities in world

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 29th, 2018 by steve

“Ulster University has been forced to make a change to its website after claiming to be ‘in the top 3% of universities in the world’. Which? University carried out a review of UK institutions and found that at least six universities included examples of unsubstantiated or unverifiable claims about their standing on their websites, in likely breach of advertising standards …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 29 September]

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The Irish Times view on The Leaving Cert: How to fix it

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The High Court judgment in the Rebecca Carter case has brought into sharp relief a number of fundamental flaws in how we now administer the Leaving Cert. The exam itself is still, after 92 years, a fair system in which each student can anonymously demonstrate their ability in their chosen subjects …” (more)

[Irish Times, 29 September]

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Higher Planning Authority Recommends Further Consideration Of NUIG Housing Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway needs to further consider or amend its plans for new student accommodation at the college’s northern campus before it submits a full planning application. That’s the opinion of An Bord Pleanála …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 28 September]

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Rebecca to get special welcome at UCD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A special welcome awaits student Rebecca Carter when she arrives in UCD on Monday to start her veterinary degree programme. The 19-year-old, from Co Wexford, was ‘overjoyed’ yesterday when she received a belated offer of a course place, after successfully appealing one of her results in this year’s Leaving Certificate …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 29 September]

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Hundreds of students to be affected by Leaving Cert appeals ruling

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of students every year are being forced to wait a year before taking up their course due to delays in correcting Leaving Cert appeals. This week’s High Court ruling in favour of Wexford student Rebecca Carter is likely to result in a faster appeals process which is likely to allow these students to take up their courses in future …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 September]

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SEC to carry out ‘urgent assessment’ of Leaving Cert appeal timeline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission is to carry out an ‘urgent assessment’ of the current timelines involved in the Leaving Certificate appeals process. The SEC board met this evening to consider the implications of this week’s High Court ruling. In a statement issued after its meeting …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Hundreds of academics at top UK universities accused of bullying

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“Hundreds of academics have been accused of bullying students and colleagues in the past five years, prompting concerns that a culture of harassment and intimidation is thriving in Britain’s leading universities. A Guardian investigation found nearly 300 academics, including senior professors and laboratory directors, were accused of bullying students and colleagues …” (more)

[Hannah Devlin and Sarah Marsh, Guardian, 28 September]

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DCU launch new €15 million student centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has launched a new student centre worth €15 million. The centre, known as the “U”, includes a student leadership and life skills centre, which is designed to aid students in developing essential life skills …” (more)

[Alex Letona, Trinity News, 28 September]

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Some Advice for On-line Educators Part II – ‘Don’t Lecture’! via @MFPaulsen

Posted in Teaching on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Following up from my post earlier this week where I mentioned some advice given in a 2003 book by Professor Morten Flate Paulsen, comes some further pedagogical recommendations from Prof Paulsen. These are based on surveys he conducted in Scandinavian countries in the late 1990s and early 2000s – still relevant today I think …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 28 September]

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Leaving Cert student’s marks upgraded following successful appeal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert student Rebecca Carter, who won her High Court case aimed at getting a marking mistake fixed in time for her to go to university, has been told that her appeal has been successful and her marks have have been upgraded …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 28 September]

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Internal vs external promotion, part one: seven reasons why external promotion is easier

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“Climbing the academic career ladder can be a slow, frustrating, and opaque process. Some academics may be unsure whether to seek promotion within their own institutions or to look to another university for advancement opportunities. In the first of a two-part series, Anne-Wil Harzing sets out the relative merits of pursuing internal or external promotions. This first instalment outlines seven reasons why the external option might be preferable to many …” (more)

[LSE Impact Blog, 28 September]

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League-Table Rankings, Sumo Style

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“Most university rankings (U-Multirank is the big exception) take a league table format originally used by esteemed psychologist, eugenicist and baseball enthusiast James McKeen Cattell in his early rankings early 20th century (for more on Cattell see back here). One effects of borrowing league tables as a metaphor is that there is an implicit assumption that the inhabitants of that table are able to move up and down the league table as baseball or football teams do …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 28 September]

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I’ve just finished my PhD, and now I feel lost without academia

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“I started my full-time PhD in 2014, and finally graduated this summer after having to extend it for health and financial reasons. I never thought I would succeed, but somehow I managed (even the dreaded viva examination wasn’t as scary as it sounds). For the first month or so after graduating, I basked in the relief and elation, absolved from all that pressure and expectation. But those feelings dissipated quickly …” (more)

[Guardian, 28 September]

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University rankings: how do they compare and what do they mean for students?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“University rankings can be highly influential. They can help prospective students to narrow down their choice of institution and, of course, they also give universities something to brag about …” (more)

[Miguel Antonio Lim, The Conversation, 28 September]

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Bruton vows to speed up appeal process for Leaving Cert students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Richard Bruton has pledged to help speed up the appeals process for Leaving Cert exam students to ensure students do not lose out on potential college places …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 September]

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Three ITs millions of euro in debt

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At least three State-funded third-level institutes of technology (ITs) have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt — putting significant pressure on key frontline services …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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There is no community at university

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

“I was recently engaged in a discussion on whether the university community might play a positive role in mental health when a contribution from a UK postgraduate startled me. ‘There is no community at university. We are individuals. We all compete for the same rewards and we can’t all share. I don’t care about my neighbour, the system doesn’t want me to …'” (more)

[Andy Pitchford, Wonkhe, 27 September]

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Leaving Cert ruling has far-reaching implications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Wednesday’s High Court ruling, in a case involving a student who appealed her Leaving Certificate results, has far reaching ramifications. Mr Justice Humphreys described the appeals system as ‘manifestly unfit for purpose’, and he directed that the Minister for Education and his department ensure that by next year, appeals are completed before the start of the academic year …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 27 September]

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