TEF 1, TEF 2 and a complex game of snakes and ladders

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2017 by steve

“Why does it look like more than 30 eligible English institutions are not entering TEF 2? And why did six eligible institutions actively opt out of TEF 1 – a competition that required them merely to continue existing? …” (more)

[Mark Leach, Wonkhe, 20 February]

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Oxford University considering French campus amid research funding concerns after Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

“Oxford University is considering opening its first foreign campus in direct response to the UK leaving the European Union. The former director of the French ministry for education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, confirmed French authorities and institutions were working to bring the UK’s most revered universities to France and said officials had also spoken to representatives from the University of Warwick …” (more)

[Harry Cockburn, Independent, 20 February]

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Northern Ireland leads way on university applications

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

“Northern Ireland has enjoyed the highest application rate to universities across the UK this year, statistics show. Around 48% of youngsters had applied to a university course by the main January 15 deadline, followed by England (37%) and Wales (32%) …” (more)

[Alison Kershaw, Belfast Telegraph, 17 February]

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Cambridge University ‘Class Lists’ Could Be Scrapped Under New Data Protection Laws

Posted in Legal issues on February 16th, 2017 by steve

“A 250-year-old Cambridge University tradition of publishing students’ exam results outside the Senate House could be banned under new data protection laws. The legislation, set to come into force in May 2018, is likely to deem the current system of posting ‘class lists’ as illegal …” (more)

[Jasmin Gray, Huffington Post, 16 February]

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HE bill: why universities are not supermarkets

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

“The UK government’s controversial plans for reform of higher education have at their heart two sets of economic ideas. The first concerns national wealth and, in particular, the impact of higher education on the size of the economy over time. These ideas are about the ends to be served by the system of higher education …” (more)

[Martin Wolf, Times Higher Education, 16 February]

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Free speech university rankings: a case of grade inflation

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

“Exciting news for those of us in higher education who believe in free speech as the third incisive Spiked analysis of free speech in universities is published. Always a landmark event and sure to grab the headlines …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 16 Februay]

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Bringing the HE policy community closer together

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“The HE policy community needs more opportunities to learn from each other and share ideas. That’s why we’ve started a series of free evening events with the UPP Foundation …” (more)

[Mark Leach, Wonkhe, 13 February]

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Be Wary of a Funding Model that Sells £4 Billion of Student Loans to Investors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The UK government has announced it is to begin selling off £4 billion of loans that first become eligible for repayment between 2002 and 2006. This is the first of a four-year programme of loan sales to take place. This should be worrying for a number of reasons …” (more)

[University Times, 12 February]

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You only get what you pay for. Or do you?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“For as long as students have been paying (at least in part and/or in arrears) for their university education, an entire cadre of sector types have been arguing that when students are seen as consumers, bad things happen …” (more)

[Jim Dickinson, Wonkhe, 13 February]

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Gender equality: universities are still all talk and too many trousers

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

“Anyone who sincerely believes that academia is a meritocracy must be either deluded or in denial. This is the blunt conclusion of our recent research into how female academics feel about the system. Even now, in the age of high-profile equality initiatives such as the UK’s Athena SWAN programme, unconscious bias remains rife …” (more)

[Laurie Cohen and Jo Duberley, Times Higher Education, 2 February]

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Universities minister announces sale of student loan book

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2017 by steve

“The government has begun its controversial sale of the student loan book, which it expects to recoup £12bn in the long run for the exchequer, while reassuring graduates that they will not have to pay more. The universities minister, Jo Johnson, said the move would have ‘no impact’ on student borrowers paying off loans, as terms and conditions would remain the same after the sale was completed …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 6 February]

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The University Challenge: what type of Brexit would work for Higher Education?

Posted in Research on February 4th, 2017 by steve

“The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit. Time is short …” (more)

[Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon,
LSE British Politics and Policy Blog, 4 February]

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Brexit may curtail my lecturing career in the UK

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A career in anthropology has taken Geraldine Fahy to the Lebanon, Kosovo, the Netherlands and Belgium, but she is now based at the University of Kent, where she lecturers in biological anthropology …” (more)

[Geraldine Fahy, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Colm Tóibín appointed chancellor of Liverpool University

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Novelist Colm Tóibín has been appointed chancellor of the University of Liverpool. The author, who won the 2009 Costa novel of the year with Brooklyn, accepted the role because of the part universities play promoting ideas and connections, which, he said. mattered now more than ever …” (more)

[Danuta Kean, Irish Times, 2 February]

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The university challenge: what would an Intelligent Brexit look like?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

“The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit …” (more)

[Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon, LSE Brexit Blog, 2 February]

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Why schizophrenia need not rob us of a life in academia

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“On an autumn afternoon in 2009, I was fired from my job as a university lecturer. I hadn’t declared my schizophrenia on an application form and this was treated as gross misconduct. Many years later, I returned to the lecture theatre – but this time I was open about my condition, to a much more positive response …” (more)

[Guardian, 1 February]

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New UCC president Patrick O’Shea sees Brexit dividend

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The chance to attract more research funding and international investment because of the fallout from Brexit are to be a key focus of University College Cork’s new president. However, Patrick O’Shea also wants to widen the scope of an existing Brexit committee at the university to take advantage of growing numbers of researchers seeking to move away from the US …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Research under way to attract UK scientists to Ireland

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s research community is preparing for changes that will come once Brexit arrives. There are overt efforts to coax leading UK scientists to set up in Ireland with the promise of research funding. Novel ways of bringing top scientists here on a part-time basis are also being organised …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Harriet Harman memoir tells of university tutor’s ‘grade for sex’ offer

Posted in Life on January 30th, 2017 by steve

“Harriet Harman has said she spoke out about an incident more than 40 years ago in which a university tutor allegedly offered her a better grade in exchange for sex because such events are ‘still a battle we’ve got to fight now’ …” (more)

[Peter Walker, Guardian, 29 January]

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NUI Galway welcomes confirmation that Northern Irish Students will continue to Qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that eligible students from the UK who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year will be able to avail of the Department’s Free Fee Schemes as in previous years …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 January]

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