So what makes a university?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“As Ireland continues to struggle with the not very well thought out idea of ‘technological universities’ – now under fire because the somewhat daft requirement for candidate institutions to merge with others first …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 February]

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Research: the wrong priority for the arts and humanities?

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 12th, 2015 by steve

UK“The fact that the publication of the research excellence framework was such big news indicates the extent to which every university department has become obsessed with its performance since research assessment exercises were established in 1986 …” (more)

[David Oldfield, Times Higher Education, 12 February]

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Master Teachers?

Posted in Teaching on January 30th, 2015 by steve

USA“William Bowen and Eugene Tobin’s new book, Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education, has just been published: anyone interested in the governance of universities and colleges should read it …” (more)

[Harry Brighouse, Crooked Timber, 30 January]

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A recipe for academic success

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – While I agree with many of the suggestions made by Brian Lucey and Charles Larkin (Opinion, August 23rd), I question the necessity of having academic staff that “must be active researchers throughout their careers”. The rationale for this recommendation is to ‘ensure that students are exposed to the frontiers of thinking’ …” (more)

[Colm Kelleher, Irish Times, 26 August]