Queen’s University cuts ties with Presbyterian-run college

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2019 by steve

“The university’s governing body – the senate – approved the move on Tuesday. UTC trains some students for the Presbyterian ministry but the majority of its students are studying theology degrees at Queen’s. The Presbyterian Church said it ‘deeply regrets’ the university’s decision …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 10 April]

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Save UT campaign threaten legal action against SU Electoral Commission

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Save the University Times (UT) campaign threatened legal action against the Electoral Commission (EC), the Students’ Union body that organises and regulates referenda and elections, Trinity News has learned. In a letter sent by Prof Eoin O’Dell, legal counsel for the University Times, he alleges that the EC incorrectly applied rules for sabbatical officer elections to the referendum …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 9 April]

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Seventy-five bogus universities shut down in past four years

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 10th, 2019 by steve

“Seventy-five bogus universities have been closed in the past four years, amid warnings that the business in fake degrees is undermining the reputation of the UK higher education system around the world. The university watchdog the Higher Education Degree Datacheck (Hedd), which monitors fake degrees, has built up a register of 243 bogus institutions …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 8 April]

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‘Institutes of Technology’ to boost skills training

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2019 by steve

“The government has announced the locations of 12 ‘Institutes of Technology’ in England, intended to provide high-quality skills training. The aim is to offer young people a vocational alternative to universities. Employers will support the institutes, most of which will be based around existing colleges and universities …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 10 April]

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Worried About the Future of the Monograph? So Are Publishers

Posted in Research on April 10th, 2019 by steve

“‘Publish or perish’ used to apply purely to faculty members, but in recent years it also has turned into a question facing academic presses – one that has particular relevance for graduate students and first-book authors …” (more)

[Leonard Cassuto, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 April]

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