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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Germany fears university growth threatens apprentice tradition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“The worry that too many young people go to university – and that they would be better off learning a trade instead – is a complaint heard the world over. But nowhere does it strike as hard at the national self-image as in Germany, admired globally for an apprenticeship system credited with keeping the rate of young unemployment extraordinarily low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 January]

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Elsevier maintains German access despite failure to strike deal

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2018 by steve

“The publishing giant Elsevier has said that it will maintain German universities’ access to its journals, despite failing to negotiate a new deal before many institutions’ contracts expired on 1 January. Germany’s research institutions and Elsevier have been locked in an at times rancorous negotiation for more than a year, as the country’s research organisations for the first time collectively try to strike what they regard as a better deal on open access, pricing and payment models …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 4 January]

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UK universities plan German links to weather Brexit storm

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2018 by steve

“The UK’s research-intensive universities are hurrying to create partnerships with German institutions to continue to benefit from continental funding after Brexit. The University of Oxford has said that a new alliance with four Berlin universities could help its academics to win joint grants from British and German funders, while another Russell Group university expects to announce a similar partnership soon …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 4 January]

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Open access in Germany: the best DEAL is no deal

Posted in Legal issues, Research on December 31st, 2017 by steve

“In the worldwide campaign to shift academic publishing to open access, the Germans are fighting a major battle. To many, they look like heroes. ‘Projekt DEAL’ is the name of a German national consortium that includes university libraries and scientific organisations. The consortium has been working towards an agreement with Elsevier that, if the Germans have their way, would make papers by German authors in journals published by Elsevier freely available (open access), at a substantially lower rate than Elsevier is currently charging …” (more)

[Alex Holcombe and Bjoern Brembs, Times Higher Education, 27 December]

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Let’s say Auf Wiedersehen to England’s embarrassing tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

“As pay scandals continue to embarrass British higher education, with university chiefs receiving eye-watering salaries and golden handshakes, it’s time to ask: why can’t we be more like Germany? A scandal erupted there a few years ago when the vice-chancellor of Cologne University increased his salary from €78,876 (£69,403) a year in 2006 to €133,781 in 2012 …” (more)

[Danny Dorling and Ben Hennig, Guardian, 19 December]

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Germany edges towards brink in dispute with Elsevier

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 9th, 2017 by steve

“With less than a month to go until some of Germany’s biggest universities and research institutes sever their contracts with the Dutch publishing giant Elsevier, there is still no sign of a deal to allow continued access to the publisher’s research. The publisher has said that although a deal was still ‘possible’, the two sides are divided over how German institutions should pay …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 6 December]

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Science Research Jobs, Open Only to Women

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 7th, 2017 by steve

“Germany’s Max Planck Society of research institutes has launched a women-only program of tenure-track positions to improve its gender balance and stop rivals poaching its best female scientists. The Lise Meitner excellence program, named after the pioneering early-20th-century physicist, is one of several women-only hiring initiatives that some observers believe are becoming more common while the proportion of women in top research positions remains stubbornly low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 7 December]

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Plans to promote German research excellence come under fire

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2017 by steve

“Germany’s latest programme to boost research at its universities and make them more competitive inter­nationally risks missing its goals, according to observers. The Excellence Initiative was launched in 2005 with €4.6 billion (US$5.4 billion) in funding and the aim of creating a handful of elite universities. Researchers across Germany are now preparing for the programme’s next round, dubbed the Excellence Strategy, which starts in 2019 …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 1 November]

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German academics step down from posts on Elsevier journals

Posted in Research on October 31st, 2017 by steve

“A group of professors have resigned from editorial positions at Elsevier journals amid the continuing stand-off between German research organisations and the academic publisher. A statement from Projekt Deal lists 14 academics who have resigned their positions as editors and members of editorial and advisory boards at Elsevier journals in support of the ongoing negotiations on access to electronic journals …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 31 October]

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German researchers resign from Elsevier journals in push for nationwide open access

Posted in Research on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Five leading German scientists have resigned from their editorial positions at journals published by Elsevier, the latest step in a battle over open-access and subscription policies between the Dutch publishing giant and a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutes …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science, 13 October]

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National Maritime College signs German deal

Posted in Teaching on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A major deal struck by the National Maritime College could signal Ireland’s arrival as world-leaders in safety training for personnel involved in the offshore gas and oil exploration sectors. The National Maritime College of Ireland, and its joint venture Irish partner SEFtec, have landed a major contract to build a marine safety training centre in Germany …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 23 September]

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Germany’s strategy for life without Elsevier

Posted in Research on September 10th, 2017 by steve

“German universities have coped ‘easily’ when cut off from Elsevier journals and do not need to rely on pirate article-sharing sites such as Sci-Hub, according to a negotiator from Germany’s biggest network of research centres …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 5 September]

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First UK-EU branch campus post-Brexit under consideration

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2017 by steve

“Collaboration between King’s College London and a leading German university is set to result in the establishment of the first offshore campus of a UK higher education institution to be set up on the Continent in the wake of the country’s vote to leave the European Union …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 6 July]

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RAG week ‘shenanigans’ not unique to Ireland

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘There was shenanigans in Galway again this year during Rag Week.’ That is the oft-repeated statement which I was confronted with yet again at a recent family gathering. Previously, I would have taken the easy option by simply nodding as if in agreement. However, having completed one exciting Erasmus semester at a University in Germany, one of the many changes that I noticed within myself is that the nod had developed into an emphatic shake of the head …” (more)

[Alison O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 May]

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UK universities’ confusion on Brexit ‘toxic’, says Germany’s U15

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

“UK higher education institutions have failed to set out a clear strategy for staying in the European Union’s research framework, and this uncertainty is proving ‘toxic’ for new joint projects, the chair of an association of the biggest research universities in Germany has warned …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 23 March]

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‘Elite’ status all risk, no benefit, for universities, says study

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2017 by steve

“Stripping universities of a marker of elite status hits their reputation and causes them to lose students, but the benefits of conferring it in the first place are negligible, evidence suggests. The research on Germany’s Excellence Initiative, which has been used to distribute billions of euros in public funding since 2006, has implications for all countries with official university ratings …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 16 March]

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German universities to reintroduce tuition fees for non-EU students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2016 by steve

Germany“Students from outside the European Union will soon have to pay to attend universities in south-west Germany, where until now, courses have been free. Tuition fees were scrapped in Baden-Württemberg state in 2011, and universities became free from cost in all German states by 2014 …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 3 December]

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Everyone wants to go to college – but who will pay?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leaked report this week called for a student loan scheme to solve the chronic underfunding of universities. Would it stop standards dropping or prove unworkable …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 20 December]

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Collapsing Ivory Towers? A hyperlink analysis of the German academic blogosphere

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Germany“In a substantial analysis of over 500 German-speaking science blogs, Jonas Kaiser and Benedikt Fecher look at what hyperlinks are used within prominent science blogs to investigate how scientists link to each other and outside sources. Using visualisation and mapping software, their results show how science blogs form new networks beyond traditional disciplines and interact with the wider general blogosphere …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 29 September]

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