Archive for 7 November 2008

REB oversight of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Ireland

Posted in research with tags on 7 November 2008 by Steve

“Most REBs require separate scientific review of proposed research, and while attentive to scientific merit, leave the evaluation to scientific review committees and discipline-specific peer review committees. In this case, in the absence of national policies or legislation regarding what is a very emotional and heated topic of debate, having the REB evaluate scientific merit could be seen as forcing the Board to act as gatekeepers, deciding what is either acceptable or not in terms of embryonic stem cell research …” (more)

[Nancy Walton, The Research Ethics Blog, 7 November]

Foreign students fingerprint fear

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 7 November 2008 by Steve

“Fingerprinting of overseas students will begin this month – and university chiefs are warning that it needs to be a simple and efficient process. Under tougher immigration rules designed to tackle bogus colleges, overseas students coming to the UK will need biometric identity cards. The first students having to give fingerprints will be those applying for visa extensions from 25 November …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 6 November]

Feel the quality

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 7 November 2008 by Steve

“Universities UK has published a new guide to quality and standards structures in higher education. The BBC has picked up on the publication as universities rejecting more scrutiny in the face of parliamentary scrutiny and political and media debate on degree standards, use of external examiners and admissions requirements. The UUK publication is one of the first signs of the HE sector taking concerted steps to defend itself publicly against recent political attacks …” (more)

[Intersecting Sets, 6 November]

Universities have been listed among the worst in a survey on bullying of university staff across the UK

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 7 November 2008 by Steve

“Northern Ireland’s two universities have been listed among the worst in a survey on bullying of university staff across the UK. The University of Ulster and Queen’s University feature in the “worst” category for staff being “always” or “often” bullied. The UU was 7th on the national list compiled by the University and College Union (UCU). The union has named and shamed the universities with the worst reported levels of bullying ahead of Friday’s national Ban Bullying at Work Day. Queen’s was 19th …” (more)

[Bullying of Academics in Higher Education, 6 November]