Brexit outside Britain

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2016 by steve

UK“Those of us living in the United Kingdom may, in the light of recent excitements here, sometimes forget that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (‘Brexit’) does not just have repercussions in Britain …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 October]

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The academic career?

Posted in Life on August 30th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“Every so often someone asks me whether I would recommend academia as a career option, and to be honest I am never quite sure what to say. Of course the academy has been very good to me, but what can someone entering the profession today expect? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 August]

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The right participation?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 23rd, 2016 by steve

Scotland“It is that time of year again, when (at least in this part of the world) school examination results are out and universities make their final student selection decisions. It is also the time of year when questions are asked, again, about how many people should ideally participate in higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 August]

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Brexit and EU research funding – some necessary certainty?

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2016 by steve

UK“Last week the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, issued a statement, which inter alia contained the following assurance …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 August]

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Regulating higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on August 9th, 2016 by steve

UK“One common feature of higher education in Britain’s political regions – ie England, Wales and Scotland – is that all are making or considering changes to the way in which higher education is supervised …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 August]

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Irish higher education: the funding dilemma

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As Irish readers will know, yesterday saw the publication of the report of the Expert Group on Future Funding of Higher Education (chaired by Peter Cassells), Investing in National Ambition: A Strategy for Funding Higher Education. Its recommendations had been well trailed in advance of publication, so while they merit discussion of course they are hardly new …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 July]

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Brexit and the academic imperative

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2016 by steve

UK“As I may have mentioned before, I do not subscribe to the view that universities as institutions should campaign for or against the UK’s continuing membership of the European Union …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 June]

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Credit where it’s due?

Posted in Teaching on June 7th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“A couple of years ago MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) were all the rage – as we discussed a couple of times in this blog. I was, as readers may recall, a little sceptical; and then the noise around MOOCs abated, and we went on to other things …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 June]

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Cheap at any price?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

UK“In the United Kingdom at least there now appears to be a belief that assuring quality means measuring things. This, as we have noted previously in this blog, lies at the heart of the Research Excellence Framework …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 31 May]

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The rise of the illiberal university?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“In 1982 the German-American historian Konrad Jarausch published a fascinating book (Students, Society and Politics in Imperial Germany: the Rise of Academic Illiberalism) in which he charted the rush of Wilhelmine universities and academics into sentimental nationalism and xenophobic intolerance …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 May]

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Higher education – is competition always the answer?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2016 by steve

UK“The United Kingdom government, acting in this case for England only (as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own systems), has just issued its White Paper on higher education, setting out its policy agenda. At the heart of this agenda is a simple diagnosis of the sector’s problems: ‘insufficient competition and a lack of informed choice’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 16 May]

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The value of student engagement

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“One of the questions the academic community should be asking itself more regularly is what exactly they think is the student’s stake in the higher education framework, beyond that of a learner. Some of this debate would probably these days focus on whether students are …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 9 May]

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Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2016 by steve

Scotland“Let’s not personalise this, so no names. But a few years ago I read about a group of academics protesting at their university about some restructuring or other then taking place. Their ire was particularly directed at one of the university’s senior management team, an academic who, they claimed, didn’t have a single book in his office …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 May]


Are universities useless in supporting economic development?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“We have previously considered in this blog whether university programmes of teaching and research should be aligned with economic needs, and there is a variety of views on this point …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 April]

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Alphabetical fate

Posted in Research on April 19th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“A good few years ago I wrote an academic paper with a colleague. We thought it was pretty good. While we did more or less equal amounts of writing, I had done most of the research and so we agreed easily that my name would come first …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 April]

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Creative dissent versus social inclusion?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“For anyone interested in universities, it is worth keeping an eye on the speeches and addresses of the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. Right from the start of his presidency he has made regular incursions into higher education policy, and has in particular bemoaned the dominant influence as he sees it of market-oriented economic theory …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 April]

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The financial health of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2016 by steve

UK“England’s funding Council, HEFCE, recently release its annual report on the financial health of universities. It found that most were in a sound position. However, it also found that financial stability and robustness were not enjoyed by all institutions; some are in a difficult financial position …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 29 March]

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Scotland’s higher education governance

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Scotland“I guess that not everyone can say that they prompted a piece of legislation. In fairness I cannot myself make that claim entirely, since I was merely one of five people who were the panel commissioned by the Scottish Government to review higher education governance …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 15 March]

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Humanities and science: an unequal competition?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2016 by steve

Scotland“Over recent years the debates on higher education funding have addressed not just whether that funding is sufficient, but also increasingly how it should be distributed. In this context the growing volume of science funding, often linked to economic development priorities, has sometimes raised the issue of whether science and engineering have got a better deal than the humanities, the arts and the social sciences …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 1 March]

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The higher education freedom of information dilemma

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 23rd, 2016 by steve

Scotland“During the past academic year, my university received 294 information requests under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Of these, 60 requests came from journalists or journalism students (the latter often given this as a task by their lecturers). Others came from a variety of people or organisation whose reasons for asking were not always clear …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 23 February]

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