The hidden costs of research assessment exercises: the curious case of Australia

Posted in Research on March 13th, 2018 by steve

“Research assessment exercises provide the government and wider public with assurance of the quality of university research, with the guiding principles being accountability, transparency, and openness. But is there the same accountability and openness when it comes to the public cost of these large-scale exercises? …” (more)

[Ksenia Sawczak, LSE Impact Blog, 13 March]

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Student loans: the experience in Australia

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An expert group is likely to back a student loan scheme for third level. Let’s see how it has worked out in Australia. After seven years of spending cuts, rising student numbers and falling staff levels, there is broad agreement that higher education is under pressure as never before. Trying to get agreement on how to tackle the problem, however, is another matter …” (more)

[Padraig Collins, Irish Times, 16 February]

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‘It’s the micro inequities that do the most damage’: astrophysicist Jill Rathborne on biases in the world of science

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2016 by steve

Australia“When the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, recently announced that his innovation plan would contribute $13m to support greater participation of girls and women in research and science, technology, engineering and maths industries, he undoubtedly had scientists like Dr Jill Rathborne in mind …” (more)

[Brigid Delaney, Guardian, 8 January]

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Graduates who move overseas to be forced to pay back student debts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2016 by steve

Australia“New rules mean Australians who live and work abroad while owing money on government loans must register with the tax office …” (more)

[Shalailah Medhora, Guardian, 31 December]

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Australian student loan scheme a match for Ireland – economist

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Getting students to pay for their college fees through contributions based on future earnings is more equitable and less open to abuse than other means of funding higher education, Irish policy makers have been told …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 September]

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Case study: ‘Irish medical graduates are really sought after’

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four weeks ago, shortly after finishing his intern year at hospitals in Cork and Kerry, Michael Courtney flew to Perth with a group of close friends, mostly doctors who had graduated with him …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Affluent children reach top universities no matter the system

Posted in Life on July 27th, 2015 by steve

International“Study finds little difference in levels of inequality in England, US and Australia as privileged families do ‘whatever it takes’ to gain advantage …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 26 July]

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The mini-revival of the Irish language

Posted in Teaching on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There seems to be a general perception that our national language is perpetually on its last legs. But the view from within the Irish-language departments of our third-level institutions – and from colleges as far afield as the US and Australia – is rather different …” (more)

[Arminta Wallace, Irish Times, 27 April]

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Why a Branch Campus Failed

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2015 by steve

UK“Opening a branch campus in a foreign country can be a problematic exercise – if the experience of University College London is any guide. According to the Cross-Border Education Research Team at the State University of New York at Albany, nearly 220 international branch campuses of foreign universities are currently operating around the globe …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 February]

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Meetings vs. Management

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2015 by steve

Canada“It’s always difficult to make accurate observations about differences in national higher education cultures. But one thing I can tell you that is absolutely not true is the perception that Canadian universities are suffering under some kind of unprecedented managerialist regime …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 13 February]

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A virtuous circle? Australia’s third-level education funding model

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Australia“Australia is in the middle of a funding revolution, encompassing overseas as well as domestic students. The system is under consideration for Ireland, but how well does it work? …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Irish Times, 2 December]

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Trinity chief raises hopes of uni fee parity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2014 by steve

“Trinity College Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast has said he hopes Irish citizens returning from abroad will be able to attend university with the same fee structure as those who stayed in Ireland. ‘As it stands, this is not the case’, he said during his visit to Sydney recently …” (more)

[Padraig Collins, Irish Echo, 30 July]

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Opinion: Uncapping the sector is a risky business

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 8th, 2014 by steve

“Look to Ireland, not Australia, to see the damage caused by unfettered recruitment, says Bahram Bekhradnia …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 8 May]

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Is commercialising Australia’s research an insurmountable challenge?

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2014 by steve

Australia“Universities play a key role in a country’s national innovation system (NIS). As I discussed in a previous article, Australia’s universities perform well by international benchmarks …” (more)

[Tim Mazzarol, The Conversation, 4 May]

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Loans liability after death – should dead students’ estates pay their debts?

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Should students be pursued beyond the grave for outstanding loans? The idea has already been floated unofficially in Australia, in a report for the Grattan Institute by Andrew Norton …” (more)

[David Jobbins, University World News, 24 April]

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University metrics keep academics in their ivory towers

Posted in Research on April 21st, 2014 by steve

Australia“Perhaps we should excuse comments made during the 2013 federal election about ‘wasteful’ and ‘increasingly ridiculous research’ undertaken in Australia. The real shock was not that shadow ministers could make such baseless statements but that these comments could go largely unchallenged by the public …” (more)

[Jason Ensor, The Conversation, 21 April]

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The personal cost of applying for research grants

Posted in Life, Research on April 7th, 2014 by steve

“Research can be an emotionally draining business, as our anonymous academic testifies. Mental health problems among UK academics are growing. New research from Australia shows that this is not just a UK problem, however …” (more)

[Adrian Barnett and Danielle Herbert, Guardian Professional, 7 April]

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Monash takes the lead with its own top-level domain

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2014 by steve

Australia“Monash University has become the first ‘brand’ in the world to secure its own top-level domain on the internet and is now able to use .monash rather than its current online web page presence of monash.edu …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 21 January]

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Is higher education a vote changer?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2013 by steve

Australia“There are no votes in higher education, right? One former cabinet minister would refer to universities as ‘the dogs’ – because if you kick ‘em, they just roll over …” (more)

[Gwilym Croucher and Sam Rosevear, The Conversation, 2 September]

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Cheating scandal forces aspiring lawyers to re-sit final exams

Posted in Legal issues on August 31st, 2013 by steve

Australia“In a cheating scandal of unprecedented proportions, more than 160 final-year law students at the University of Tasmania are being forced to re-sit their exams …” (more)

[Danielle McKay, ABC News, 30 August]

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