Archive for 20 November 2008

Sutherland in line-up to chair higher education strategy body

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 November 2008 by Steve

“Former EU commissioner Peter Sutherland has emerged as a candidate to chair the Government’s forthcoming National Strategy on Higher Education. Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe is said to be ‘open-minded’’ about Mr Sutherland’s appointment. But any move to appoint Mr Sutherland could be resisted by some in Fianna Fáil because of his former links with Fine Gael. Mr Sutherland’s appointment is favoured by several influential figures in higher education. But one well-placed source said it would be ‘wrong to portray Mr Sutherland as a front-runner, as he is one of several names in the frame’. The Cabinet is due to make the appointment and endorse the terms of reference for the strategy shortly …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 20 November]

HEA to encourage more mobility in education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 November 2008 by Steve

“Measures to encourage more students to do part of their study abroad are to be considered by the Higher Education Authority, a conference has been told. Michael Kelly, chairman of the policy and funding body for third- level education, said he would like to see more students avail of opportunities provided by schemes such as Erasmus. He was speaking in Dublin yesterday at a conference on encouraging mobility in education. Some 3,000 students come here from abroad every year while about 1,800 Irish students go abroad. A further 200 third-level staff in Ireland also take part in the programme …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 20 November]

Keep the money, IP academic told

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 20 November 2008 by Steve

“A decision by an Australian judge has bolstered academics’ claims to the money made from their inventions, according to a leading lawyer. The judge in a dispute between the University of Western Australia (UWA) and one of its former professors has challenged the assumption that universities have ownership of inventions developed as part of their employees’ research activities. Sitting in the Australian Federal Court, Justice French ruled that this assumption is not necessarily correct where the academic has a contractual duty to carry out research, but has no contractual ‘duty to invent’. In London, Adrian Toutoungi, who is intellectual property expert at law firm Eversheds, said that while British courts are not obliged to follow Australian case law, they were in fact likely to be influenced by the judgment …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 20 November]

A bright future ….

Posted in research with tags on 20 November 2008 by Steve

“The Research Information Network, a national research and policy unit in the UK which looks at the information needs and practices of researchers, has produced what it calls a Guidance Booklet. The title is Ensuring a bright future for research libraries: a guide for vice-chancellors and senior institutional managers. The audience is senior university administrators …” (more)

[Lorcan Dempsey’s weblog, 19 November]